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How Lucky You Are [Kindle Edition]

Kristyn Kusek Lewis
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she's keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics.

As life's pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren't always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.


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"Fans of women's fiction about enduring female friendships will relate to debut author Lewis's vivid and genuinely written protagonists. A good choice for readers who enjoy the novels of Kristin Hannah and Patricia Gaffney." (Library Journal Karen Core, Detroit P.L. )

"Kristyn Kusek Lewis's How Lucky You Are is a moving, thoughtful story about what happens when friends become family and stay close despite all odds. It's an honest, empathetic novel of love, commitment, and female friendship with characters I didn't want to let go." (Meredith Goldstein, author of The Singles and Boston Globe "Love Letters" Columnist )

"Charming and achingly real, Kristyn Kusek Lewis' How Lucky You Are is an endearing story about finding your way amid the many intricacies of friendship. I'm certain it will become a book club favorite." (Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow )

"In this wise and compulsively readable debut, Lewis follows three thirtysomething female friends and tackles even the heaviest of subjects with a restrained and self-assured hand, avoiding sentimentality while displaying an impressive emotional range. I could smell the doughnut muffins, taste the margaritas and feel each high and low right along with the delightful characters. If you've ever had a best friend or been a best friend, this is a book for you." (Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Arrivals and So Far Away )

"A nuanced, heartfelt debut, How Lucky You Are artfully honors the importance of dear old friends. I can't wait to read more from Kristyn Kusek Lewis." (Allie Larkin, author of Stay and Why Can't I Be You )

"How Lucky You Are is a compelling, insightful, and moving tale of the ever-shifting terrain of female friendship and the secrets we keep even from those who love us most." (Meg Donohue, author of How to Eat a Cupcake )

About the Author

Kristyn Kusek Lewis has an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked in magazines for fifteen years. She has written for The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Glamour, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Self, More, Redbook, and more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DF07W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Look at Women's Friendships September 20, 2012
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I loved, loved, loved this new novel by Kristen Kusek Lewis. I have never heard of the author before but after a quick look at my recommendations list on Amazon she popped up.

I have to say that this novel I found was true to life with the way it describes women's relationships and friendships with each other and their loved ones.

This novel takes place in Maple Hill, VA, about 10 miles away from Washington, D.C. The protagonist of this novel, Waverly Brown, is a struggling bakery owner in Maple Hill dealing with the recession impacting her business. Readers quickly find out that Waverly used to be an English school teacher until she gave it up to follow her dream of owning her own bakery. Living with her long-time boyfriend Larry she finds herself envious of her two best friend's lives, Amy and Kate.

To Waverly, both Kate and Amy have it all and don't seem to struggle as she does from day to day.

Kate, from a rich, upper crust family is married to a man who is now running for Governor of Virginia.

Amy, from a upper middle class family in South Carolina, is married to a doctor and dotes on her three year old little girl.

Waverly and Kate have been friends with each other since they were at the same private school growing up. Kate and Waverly both meet Amy when they are 22 and living in Adams Morgan, D.C. Fast forward sixteen years and all three women have changed slightly with regards to their own dreams and what they truly want to do in their lives.

What I loved about this novel is that Lewis very accurately portrayed female relationships and which made me in the end think about my closest friends' and our relationships after it was finished.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will not want to put this book down May 11, 2013
By Ga Roz
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It's been a long, long time since I was so absorbed by a book that I couldn't put it down, no matter what was going on around me. Written in a way that makes you really understand and feel the characters, this book gives you an idea of women's private struggles, and you just need to know what will happen next. What made this book even more special to me was the "Author's Note", in which you can get a feel of the mind behind the story (although I suggest you don't read this before you read the book, so you don't get a spoiler). In sum: buy this book, grab a coffee and a doughnut muffin, and enjoy!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential but missed the mark October 26, 2012
By C. Boyd
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I really did not enjoy this book, though admittedly the women's individual stories had interest. I was really frustrated by this book, wanted to like it, but sadly could not. I rather wish I could un-read it. While I admit that there are people who are like each of these characters and each of these stories could easily be someone's true story, I found it hard to root for any of them, each being so flagrantly flawed. I rooted for the little girl to find someone willing to do the right thing by her (though this is probably influenced by having a young daughter myself). The writing tended to draw out (how many times and how many ways can the author tell us about Waverly's financial troubles...good grief). Perhaps with further editing and a little more fleshed out story I would have enjoyed this more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good read! October 1, 2012
By LT
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At first it may seem like typical chick lit but there are definitely a few twists! A quick and enjoyable read!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly long and boring March 13, 2013
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I honestly did not like this book. I didn't like the characters or the story line. I found the characters to be one-dimensional and the plot filled with holes. I couldn't relate and found myself skipping pages just so I could finish. Considering I paid $7 for this...I'm a bit upset. The book revolves around the lives of three women and explores what time and life does to friendship. The main character, Waverly, is characterized as being a head strong business woman who is going through some tough financial times. You get insight about the other two woman through Waverly. To start, I didn't like Waverly. I thought she was a bit mean spirited and selfish in the beginning. I didn't think the friendship she had with the other two woman was genuine, and was a bit irritated when at end of the book she is the one who helps to save the day. The other two woman are also superficial. One is characterized as being the stereo typical political wife, who grows up with everything and has a hard time relating to the 'little' people, and the other as a 'normal' housewife who seemingly has the perfect life. The whole book is about a drama that destroys the life of one of the woman. It takes almost 75% of the story to get there. Until then all you are reading about is Waverly's financial trouble, how she envies the other woman in her life, and how she can't share anything with the man in her life. The book is long, drawn out, and (in my opinion) not worth the read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok but nothing exciting March 1, 2013
By ok
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't say I enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put it down but not because it was so great but simply because I just wanted to know what happened next. I was honestly quite annoyed with the main character's constant complaining and whining about her life and not doing anything about it. I also found it hard to believe that women really do envy each other this much and want each other's lives. Maybe because I am really happy with my life right now, I really don't want anybody else's life...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars such a debbie downer story
I personally cannot stand gossip and negativity. This book I ended up scrolling through mostly, is just all of that. Read more
Published 3 days ago by AH van Schie
3.0 out of 5 stars Redeemed in the last few chapters
I pushed to finish the book. I'm glad I did. It certainly got better near the end. The main character Waverly, and one of the other characters just whined throughout the entire... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ajoyful43
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, engaging, heart-breaking debut!
I bought HLYA, honestly, because Ms. Kusek-Lewis is a debut women's fiction author and I'm doing my best to find and support new authors. Read more
Published 1 month ago by avinity
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story!
This is a terrific story about the friendship between three women, Kate, Amy and Waverly, the narrator. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J&B Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Initially I found the protagonist Waverly to be annoyingly...
Initially I found the protagonist Waverly to be annoyingly co-dependent and fixated on the tragedies afflicting her girlfriends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nom de Plume
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Fantastic book. So well written. Can't wait for her next one!
Published 3 months ago by Customer 122
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
So far I like the book. I'm half way through and it is easy to feel what the characters are feeling. It's a real life feeling story.
Published 4 months ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this book!
Published 4 months ago by Megan S.
4.0 out of 5 stars great friendship reading
The author does a nice job of developing each character. The three friends are different yet their friendships bring them together to help each other in difficult times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ann M. Bishoff
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read
fun read
Published 5 months ago by Wendy Tseng
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More About the Author

Kristyn Kusek Lewis is the author of HOW LUCKY YOU ARE (Grand Central), a novel about three adult women and the growing pains of an enduring friendship. HOW LUCKY reached #1 on Barnes & Noble's Top 100/Bestselling NOOK Books and was a Target Emerging Authors Pick. Her next novel, a love story about two doctors, a tragic accident, and the power of forgiveness, will be published by Grand Central in early 2015.

A former magazine editor at publications including Glamour and Child, Kristyn has been writing for national publications for over fifteen years. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Reader's Digest, Glamour, Self, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Parents, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Health, Men's Health, the New York Daily News, and many more.

Kristyn is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA in creative writing. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

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