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Absolutely my favorite fiction series of all time, I have read these books over and over A lot of humor, a decent dose of melancholy, and a heartwarming story weaves through each book Each stands alone but you won t want to put them down until you finish them all This one is still my favorite, probably in my Top 10 favorite books of all time. (((Free Epub))) ⇮ Beginner's Luck ☟ There could be no doubt left in anyone s mind that my life had all the makings of a country and western song The second of seven children with another on the way , Hallie Palmer has one dream to make it to Vegas Normally blessed with an uncanny gift for winning at games of chance, she s just hit a losing streak She s been kicked out of the casino she frequents during school hours, lost all her money for a car on a bad bet at the track, and has been grounded by her parents Hallie decides the time as come to cut her lossesAnswering an ad in the local paper, she lands a job as yard person at the elegant home of the sixty ish Mrs Olivia Stockton, a wonderfully eccentric rebel who scribes acclaimed poetry along with the occasional soft core porn story Under the same wild roof is Olivia s son, Bernard, an antiques dealer and gourmet cook who turns out mouthwatering cuisine and scathing witticisms, and Gil, Bernard s lover, whose down to earth sensibilities provide a perfect foil to the Stocktons outrageous joie de vivre Here, in this anything goes household, Hallie has found a new family And she s about to receive the education of her lifeFrom a wonderful new voice in fiction comes the freshest and funniest novel to barrel down the pike since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafIn Beginner s Luck, Laura Pedersen introduces us to the endearing oddballs and eccentrics of Cosgrove County, Ohio, who burst to life and steal our hearts and none so than Hallie Palmer, sixteen, savvy, and wise beyond her years, a young woman who knows life is a gamble and sometimes you have to bet the house There s probably aprecise word for unplanned pleasure or happenstance magic Maybe whimsy, although that sounds a little flimsy I m no rhymin Simon but that s the best description, honest Anyway, what a lifetime in books means is that there are many, many books on the shelf that haven t been read So you ve got a spot of time whichlikely means that you re avoiding doing the dozen other things on the to do list, and truly ducking the one or two or three pending crises on the There s probably aprecise word for unplanned pleasure or happenstance magic Maybe whimsy, although that sounds a little flimsy I m no rhymin Simon but that s the best description, honest Anyway, what a lifetime in books means is that there are many, many books on the shelf that haven t been read So you ve got a spot of time whichlikely means that you re avoiding doing the dozen other things on the to do list, and truly ducking the one or two or three pending crises on the MUST DO list and your inclination to read something on the spur of the moment, it s like winning the lottery when it s a book as good as Beginner s Luck A charming, engaging story filled with people you d be delighted to spend time in their company memorable, witty, and good hearted to a fault So when the author Laura Pedersen very skillfully whisks them together in a stew of social faux pas and late adolescent, headstrong actions of innocence, indignation and invulnerability, you end up tickled that fate placed this book in your hands because you really could use a break from the world s woesand Hallie delivers in spades pun fully intended, but not explained The best part of all this learning that in the decade since this book was first published, threehave followed And I won t dare wait another ten years to catch up on the adventure No review didn t finish Three aces and five stars orSmall town Ohio Sixteen year old Hallie Palmer, poker pro and high school drop out escapes her life as the second child of eight in a christian family as she accepts a position as a live in yard person in the unconventional Stockton household, which consists of Judge Stockton, who in the last stages of Alzheimer s is being cared for by his wife Olivia, an eccentric activist, atheist and successful writer of magazine pornography, his son Bernard, antiqu Three aces and five stars orSmall town Ohio Sixteen year old Hallie Palmer, poker pro and high school drop out escapes her life as the second child of eight in a christian family as she accepts a position as a live in yard person in the unconventional Stockton household, which consists of Judge Stockton, who in the last stages of Alzheimer s is being cared for by his wife Olivia, an eccentric activist, atheist and successful writer of magazine pornography, his son Bernard, antique dealer, Bernhard s husband Gil, stage director at the local theater and Rocky, an alcoholic chimpanzee who is devoted to cocktail mixing and the catholic church The coming of age novel passes about a year of Hallie s life During this time Hallie becomes a valued member of the household, sheds her image as the town s teenage delinquent, repairs the relationship with her parents and learns a lot about friendship, trust, love, life and tolerance and almost as much about culture, history, gardening, cooking, etiquette and religion Even if one like me does not share Ms Olivia s belief of a godless universe, the warmth of the displayed relationships, the quirky characters, the comic situations, the puns and the misunderstandings cannot fail to touch and entertain I really love this book and have added the following two volumes to my Christmas wish list Funnya very independent 16 year old, who tries to be emancipatedwho loves gambling, and is very good at itgreat characters. Good things The characters were fun, silly and three dimensional without being too whimsical I had concerns about the monkey on the cover The monkey turned out to be a bartender and very charming The book made me laugh and wasn t as much about gambling as I thought it would be I ve never read anything quite like this.Meh things Even in 2003, Pedersen didn t quite have her finger on the pulse of teen culture Unless the book was supposed to take place in the 90s Which would actually exp Good things The characters were fun, silly and three dimensional without being too whimsical I had concerns about the monkey on the cover The monkey turned out to be a bartender and very charming The book made me laugh and wasn t as much about gambling as I thought it would be I ve never read anything quite like this.Meh things Even in 2003, Pedersen didn t quite have her finger on the pulse of teen culture Unless the book was supposed to take place in the 90s Which would actually explain a lot now that I think of it The weird sexy stuff at the end just seemed out of nowhere, because for most of the book Hallie matter of factly makes out with dudes without providing much detail view spoiler Plussss if a teenage dude stops paying attention to a teenage girl because she s not ready to have sex, the correct advice is dump his sorry ass not give him a handjob to tide him over hide spoiler Entertaining read The story took place in Northeast Ohio which made it fun too. Hallie is a sixteen year old who marches to the beat of her own drum, and finds herself trapped in a Procrustean world of rules and regulations, school bells and deadlines, and no one to appreciate her for who she is Then she meets the tenants of Nuthatch Lane, and she has never felt so normal There is the senior Unitarian Ms Olivia, a vegetarian pornography writing smuggler and poet who is fighting for freedom of speech and separation of church and state She s a wild bohemian who is always l Hallie is a sixteen year old who marches to the beat of her own drum, and finds herself trapped in a Procrustean world of rules and regulations, school bells and deadlines, and no one to appreciate her for who she is Then she meets the tenants of Nuthatch Lane, and she has never felt so normal There is the senior Unitarian Ms Olivia, a vegetarian pornography writing smuggler and poet who is fighting for freedom of speech and separation of church and state She s a wild bohemian who is always leading the bandwagon for some cause.I love when Ms Olivia is sharing a conversation she had with the school principal about his Procrustean approach to school in regards to Hallie They don t want a freethinking person in their establishment No, absolutely not They want blocks of soft, malleable clay that they can carve and shape into their own images People have a child and then set about tugging the strings to make that child dance to their own tune become what they ve envisioned a child of theirs should be I said to him, Mr Collier, with all due respect, one of your trained seals has risen up from the man made pool and spat in the eye of the zookeeper page 124 By this point in the book, I think I have fallen in love with Ms Olivia.Mr Bernard, the gay son of Ms Olivia, is always at odds with his mother, but in a good natured sort of way You can feel the great love between mother and son A gourmand and antiques collector, he lives with his mother and his lover Gil, who is the most normal of the bunch I love the quirky characters that drive this book Free thinking and supportive, the Stocktons offer a strong foundation for Hallie and give her a leg up on life And I love having the opportunity to stand beside Hallie as she navigates her way through new experiences and challenges This is truly a coming of age story, and Hallie is a very likable girl.This book is full of hot topic issues, and at times I felt that the author may be pushing her own agenda However I tried to look beyond this For the most part, I enjoyed Ms Olivia s passionate spirit, and only a few times did I feel somewhat manipulated by a storyline that seemed to be a proponent for certain social political ideas.One thing that really bugged me was the inclusion of the chimp Rocky I m not sure what the point was of having him around I just found him to be a distraction I grew to dread any passages containing Rocky, as they were just ridiculous So I tried to just work my way around Rocky, viewing him as something of an obstacle to the storyline for me, and continued on my merry way once I d made it past him.There is some minor vulgarity the kind of expletives you would expect even the best of kids to utter on occasion Typical teen situations , but nothing too untoward I would becautious of the political and religious subject matter, and whether or not you are comfortable with your child reading ideas that may not jive with your own You just have to know your own child, and whether they have a mind of their own or not.This was an enjoyable story with great characters full of interest There are some sensitive subjects addressed, some minor vulgarity, and that stupid chimp to contend with, but a good story all around I d recommend this to anyone who enjoys a light coming of age YA story with a whimsical twist Hallie is one of a whole gaggle of children, and when we meet her, she s at her wit s end with her family, with her high school, and in general with the way her life is going So when she gets kicked off the soccer team for skiving off school for the umpteenth time, she decides she s had it she s not going to go any In fact, she s going to use the money she has saved so far and buy a car and head off to Las Vegas She s kind of a mathematical genius and a pretty good gambler on top of tha Hallie is one of a whole gaggle of children, and when we meet her, she s at her wit s end with her family, with her high school, and in general with the way her life is going So when she gets kicked off the soccer team for skiving off school for the umpteenth time, she decides she s had it she s not going to go any In fact, she s going to use the money she has saved so far and buy a car and head off to Las Vegas She s kind of a mathematical genius and a pretty good gambler on top of that, but she still manages to lose all of her nest egg, which is kind of a set back in her scheme to blow that popsicle stand What really changes things for her is finding an advertisement in the local grocery store for a yard person She goes in person to apply for the job and meets an eccentric group of people who accept her for who she is They make her feel at home and give her freedom to figure out what she s doing and where she s going with her life Her family is hurt and confused by her defection from them, from school , but Hallie s new friends really help her to bloom They also support her through a difficult time when everyone seems to be against her and thinking she s a hoodlum or juvenile delinquent.This is a quite funny coming of age story Hallie may be smart in some ways, but in others, her naivet is quite charming The family she falls in with is filled with characters an erotica writing matriarch, a gay couple, and a chimpanzee with a penchant for drink Things can be shocking, but mostly there s this odd camaraderie between people who have been lucky enough to find others who complement themselves so well You will love them all.I appreciate Hallie s luck or whatever it was in falling in with the family she chose as opposed to the one she was born with We all need people who understand us and appreciate us in all of our quirks It s so satisfying when we find them and our own way in the world