The Odds of Lightning

The Odds of Lightning

by Jocelyn Davies


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A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City.

Extraordinary things happen when we least expect them.

Tiny, Lu, Will and Nathaniel used to be best friends. Then life-defining events the summer before high school tore them apart. Now, three years later, they hardly talk anymore. Nathaniel has become obsessed with winning the prestigious science scholarship that his genius older brother once won. Will has risen from anonymity to popular soccer star. Lu grew into a brash, impetuous actress. And shy, poetic Tiny has slowly been fading away.

But fate weaves their lives together again the night before the SATs, during a wild thunderstorm that threatens to shut down New York City. And lightning strikes.

Before they know what's hit them, the four teens embark on an epic all-night adventure to follow their dreams, fall in and out of love, reconcile the past, and overcome the fears that have been driving them since that one lost summer. And by the time the sun rises, odds are they’ll discover that there’s a fine line between science and magic, and that the mysteries of love and friendship can’t be explained.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481440547
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 412,785
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jocelyn Davies is a children’s book editor in New York City, where she was born and raised. She studied English and theater at Bates College in Maine. A New Yorker at heart, she currently lives in Brooklyn. She is also the author of the A Beautiful Dark series, and has never been struck by lightning—at least not literally. Visit Jocelyn online at and follow her on Twitter @JocelynDavies.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Odds of Lighting was a very good book but also very cheesy at some parts. The beginning of the book started as a very interesting story about teenagers. As soon as the characters got struck by lightning, it started to get cheesy. I was very tempted to put this book down and choose another book that wouldn’t be a cliche story like what this was, but when I kept reading I started to love this story more and more because, sometimes, what is better than reading a cliche high school story about characters who you can imagine yourself as? As I kept reading more and more and when the author led you to figure out more, about the backstory of these characters and what they had gone through to lead them to that point in their lives and friendship, you can picture yourself in a situation like theirs because, I am only one year apart from these characters, and what their superpowers they have and how they relate to what they deal with, you experience some of them while being a teenager. Overall, if you are looking for a cheesy cliche story, I would definitely recommend this book.