Luella is loud, impulsive, and loves to be in the center of attention. Emma, “Tiny” for short, writes poetry and feels like she’s fading into the background. Will was never popular, at least not before he joined the soccer team. Nathaniel is quiet and studies arduously, trying to follow in his genius brother’s footsteps. Despite these differences, all four of these characters in The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies were connected before high school began.
They were as close as best friends could be until one summer severed their relationships. Hours before a violent thunderstorm is supposed to strike New York City, Will decides to have a party, which inadvertently becomes the place where they meet again.
This book is very fast paced and a relatively quick read. I really enjoyed this novel because Jocelyn Davies turned a plot that is the backbone to many books into an unique concept by making the characters relatable to teenagers. They were so complex and different from each other that I wanted to keep reading to find out how they were even friends in the first place.
Each of them had their own defining personalities and it didn’t feel like any of them were overshadowed or appeared boring. However, it did primarily focus on Luella and Tiny’s point of views; the chapters in Will and Nathaniel’s point of views were somewhat short. I would recommend this to anyone in high school primarily because profanities are said in multiple parts of the book.