- File Size: 2055 KB
- Print Length: 470 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (August 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2018
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077CNXY2B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Good Luck With That is a powerful testament to the hard work of self-love...a paean to how it’s never too early (or too late) to be a little kinder to yourself, an inspiring meditation on how to embrace the supportive individuals in your life and stand up to the toxic ones, and a love story....[Good Luck With That is] the story of learning to love oneself, and living a life that leads with that love, in all its joy, sorrow, failure, and triumph.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Higgins writes with her trademark heart, humor, and emotion, addressing the serious and somber subject of body image…Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] heartbreakingly gorgeous story of female friendship and what it takes to feel comfortable in one’s own skin.”—Booklist
“Higgins’ astute, perceptive eye to the best and worst of human nature enhances the poignancy of a sensitive topic, which she navigates with humor and grace.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An important and brave book... I can't imagine a single reader who won’t recognize herself somewhere in these pages.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“Kristan Higgins is at the top of her game, stirring the emotions of every woman with the poignant reality of her characters.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr
“If you like stories that celebrate women's challenges and triumphs, you'll love this book.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs
“Wholly original and heartfelt, written with grace and sensitivity, Good Luck with That is an irresistible tale of love, friendship, and self acceptance—and the way body image can sabotage all three.”—Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author of The Life List
“I LOVED Good Luck with That! It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, surprising, and so true to life.”—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding
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As I read Good Luck with That, I sometimes would talk out loud to the characters: "Oh, Marley, I know exactly how you feel right now." "Please, Georgia, look at yourself through unfiltered lenses." "Are you FOR REAL, Hunter?" "Everything about this sucks, Mason, but you will be okay." "Emerson, sweet girl, I wish I could help you."
Kristan Higgins' books always feature families, showing their strengths both to nurture and to deplete. In Marley's case, it's largely the former. Her family loves her unconditionally and believes in her completely. Yet she struggles with terrible guilt over her twin sister's death over thirty years ago, and there isn't much her parents, sister, and brother can do to alleviate that. For Georgia, family is split into two factions: the utter destruction deployed by her appearance-conscious mother and mean-spirited brother, and the beauty of acceptance and love from her father and step-family. Higgins uses parents and siblings as a sort of Greek chorus to represent our perceptions of people who are, as Marley and Georgia see themselves, fat.
With great care and kindness, Kristan Higgins puts you deep into the minds of people who either are overweight or see themselves as such. She gives voice to those of us who see ourselves through one filter only: our size. Georgia graduated from Princeton and Yale's law school, yet she believes she is unworthy of love and acceptance because she thinks she's fat. So entrenched are these thoughts in Georgia that she sabotages a relationship just because she thinks she is ugly and unworthy. Not because she physically is but because that is the message she has received from the person who is supposed to love her without limits.
I cannot tell you how I struggled to write this review because reading this book made me feel as if Kristan Higgins pulled back my skin and left me raw. I could see parts of myself in Marley and Georgia, I always tend to cry when I read Kristan's books because her heroes and heroines face poignant, affecting moments. But this time, I didn't just cry. I wept. I'm still weeping as I write this review, even though it's been several days since I finished reading the book.
If ever there was a book that demands to be discussed, it's this one. I wish I were part of a book club because Good Luck with That is the one I'd demand everyone read. It's difficult for women to be comfortable with how they look, particularly their weight. In reading this book, undoubtedly we will learn to be kinder to ourselves and each other.
Have I ever hated the way I look? Everyday. Have I ever hated myself for not being strong enough? Too many times. Have I been the recipient of nasty comments about my weight? Yes, and I can remember dreaming of the day when I’d have lost the extra weight and be able to do the things my “skinny” friends could do, just like Georgia, Marley, and Emerson.
I loved this book not just because it was well written, and funny at times, but also because I could relate to these women and their hopes and dreams and fears and struggles. I cried reading Emerson’s passages, especially knowing she died because of complications from her weight. And yes, that also scared me…but in a good way. There’s still time for me. Still hope.
This book is so much more than just the back cover copy. It’s a book about family, friendship, and discovering your true worth. It’s about standing up for yourself, accepting your flaws (and no, I’m not talking about the weight issue…more about the lack of self-confidence) and loving yourself for who you are or who someone else is, it’s about seeing past the exterior and to the good stuff underneath…the heart and soul. It’s also about letting the past go and embracing the future.
It’s a story that will stay in my heart, and will remind me that I am more than what I see in the mirror, that I am smart, caring, funny (at times), intelligent and worth it.
Mind you, I am not obese, so that isn't the problem here. While at the same time not being exactly skinny, I feel that it's just plain rude in a novel to go on and on about how people view you when you're heavy, and I feel horrible for any readers who do have major weight problems and who read this book and get terribly depressed over it. That's just plain wrong. Why make any readers feel badly about themselves by having them read a book they should be able to enjoy and not detest?
Having bought the paperback version I don't know if I'll finish the book no matter what it cost me. It's taking me forever just to get to page 65 and finishing this book seems beyond my endurance.
Little humor in it, and just not typical for Kristan Higgins. I hope she does better with her next novel, otherwise I'm through with reading her books.