Review - The cover art and premise of this novel really excited me when I spotted it on the bookstore shelf. I knew it was a concept that would really grab some of my student's attention strongly but unfortunately it didn't set my world on fire.
Lucy Zeezou's Goal appears to be a novel trying to be many things; a family drama, a coming of age story, an action-adventure, a sporting tale and an exploration of social conscience. There are books that are able to balance many agendas to create a cohesive story but I didn't feel that this was one of the them. Some chapters I felt as though I was reading a completely different story with a heroine with the same name. While it's clear the author had great intentions - the empowerment of young girls - I think she may have tried to accomplish too much.
My main concern is the dialogue throughout the novel. It never comes across as particularly authentic. Characters didn't have distinct voices and the vocabulary of the teens is a little dated. At one point the protagonist (who's 14) accuses another teen of behaving in "a childish manner" and having taught kids, I have never heard them speak to one another in that way. The dialogue makes it hard to involve the reader in the story and while it has many elements that will be attractive to teen girls (fashion, sport, boys), it doesn't hit the spot.
Format: Paperback, 266 pages
Published: Random House