David, protagonist of Coert Voorhees' Lucky Fools, is sure he's
different from the other students at Oak Fields Prep, his swanky high
school. He knows what he wants out of life. Julliard will prepare
him for an acting career. True, his father is on him to not waste his
education. But this is his passion.
In the course of the book David's life begins to deviate from
his script. Gradually growing attraction to an actress with whom he
shares a stage kiss comes between him and his long term girlfriend.
He bombs his Julliard audition. His current play isn't going as well
as he'd hoped it would. What if he isn't as good as he thinks he is?
Other stressors effect his fellow students. The college most of
them want to attend has instituted a strict admissions quota for Oak
Fields. Someone who dubs him/herself The Artist has taken to putting
up collages of well known students, showing their dirty secrets.
Voorhees has a good grasp of senior year pressures for seemingly
privileged kids whose parents define them by their achievements.
Lucky Fools is a hard to put down book with an engaging plot and easy
to relate to characters.
On a personal note, my 2013 April Fools joke was a smash success. I
told friends including my minister's wife that I had my belly button
pierced. (As if! You can get some really NASTY infections!) They
fell for it hook, line, and sinker and were very glad to be wrong.
A great big shout out goes out to all my friends who either were
fooled or indulged me by pretending to be fooled. What good sports!
Julia Emily Hathaway
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