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“Romantic, poignant and funny—this book is a lucky find for lit fans. Caprice Crane is a nimble and gifted storyteller.”—Diablo Cody, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Juno

“Crane is one of the funniest writers of popular fiction around. The dialog (inner and outer) is laugh-out-loud, snort-inducing hilarious . . . Readers will want to cross their fingers and spit while throwing salt over their shoulders if it helps Berry reach her dreams. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

"Fans of Stacy Ballis and Cara Lockwood will appreciate Crane's effortlessly funny style, which is often attempted in popular fiction but is rarely this well executed...Lighthearted and charmingly honest."--Booklist

"[A] satisfying romantic comedy...[with] real character growth."--Kirkus Reviews

With a Little Luck scores in humor, head, and heart. In other words, it’s a perfect trifecta.”—Karyn Bosnak, author of 20 Times a Lady (soon to be the major motion picture What's Your Number?)

“A hilarious romp that oozes charm and giddy fun. Caprice Crane is a true talent.”—Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber's Handbook

“Witty, fast-paced, and sheer fun. Caprice Crane is a master of dialogue. Half the time I was reading this book I was smiling, which made me look like a crazy person on the subway.”—Jancee Dunn, author of Don’t You Forget About Me and Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?

“Absolutely charming and hilarious.”--Missy Peregrym, star of the movie Stick It and ABC's Rookie Blue

"Crane is a talented writer and fiercely funny, and this book is her best work." --The Roanoke Times

"With A Little Luck was something special, it had it all; it was funny, it was romantic, it was sweet, it was charming." --ChickLitReviews

Praise for the novels of Caprice Crane

“Perceptive, touching, and always hilarious . . . an irresistible story with equal parts humor and heart.”—Emily Giffin, author of Heart of the Matter, on Family Affair
 
“Savage wit and breathtaking tenderness . . . Crane has romantic comedy in her DNA.”—Jeff Arch, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Sleepless in Seattle, on Forget About It

About the Author

Caprice Crane is the author of several novels for adults, including "Stupid and Contagious" and "With a Little Luck". She was born in Hollywood but don t hold that against her. She doesn t go wandering around with a tiny dog in her purse. Her mother, renowned film, television, and stage actress Tina Louise, is perhaps best known as Ginger Grant from the beloved sitcom "Gilligan s Island". Her father is former talk-show host and Grammy winner Les Crane. Caprice has worked for MTV Networks as a writer and producer, and has been a music supervisor for film and TV. Her screenwriting credits include "90210" (2008-13) and the movie "Love Wedding Marriage". She divides her time between New York City and L.A.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386240
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me begin by saying that Caprice Crane's first novel Stupid and Contagious is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Nothing she has written since has risen to the level of her first book. That said, her stuff is good enough that I keep coming back, hoping she will equal the quality of that first book.

The opening 100 pages of "With a Little Luck" are mostly forgettable but around page 101 the book really takes off. That is when Berry Lambert finally meets Ryan Riley. Caprice Crane is at her best when writing witty dialog between a smart woman and an equally smart man and the second half of "With a Little Luck" is wonderful. Her ending melted my heart and ensured that I'll be back for her next book.
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A fun, charming and entertaining read! I thoroughly enjoyed it and finished it in three days, which says a lot because I am busy chasing after a one year old. I enjoyed the characters and great music references.
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I loved this novel! It grabs your attention right from the start and keeps you entertained throughout. It's touching and funny and just brilliant!!

Rating: PG-13 (profanity, innuendo and talk about sex)
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Love Caprice Crane's new book! I devoured it in a day. I love her writing style, she makes your really connect with the characters, and Berry was no exception! Buy it!
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Caprice Crane is one of my favorite authors, so I have to say I was disappointed with her latest offering. She's great at presenting believable characters who clearly have faults but are still fun and easy to relate to. This book fell short. The main character was so quirky that you feel like you're being hit over the head with all her different good luck charms and rituals, and it gets tiresome.

Crane writes romantic comedies, and her humor tends to be fun and clever, but in this one, it felt like she was trying too hard.

If you're looking to get into Crane's books, I would highly recommend Stupid and Contagious or Family Affair instead.
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My library, probably all of them, really, shows "suggested readings" at the bottom of a book's page. I'd been looking up ... can't remember, and this was one of the "suggested." I liked its description so wrote myself a note to pick it up next time I was at the library. I'd forgotten everything about the book (if I'd known much to begin with) so read it with a truly unjaundiced eye.

And I liked it.

I liked that the main character, Berry (a Los Angeles classic rock DJ), is slightly snarky but has destructive pecadilloes, so she's not really better than anyone else. I like that she supports herself -- doesn't have a trust fund or unaccounted for millions. (ahem) I like that she is independent, feisty. I like that she has a close relationship with her *female* best friend, Natalie, who, while owning her own successful restaurant, also struggles both with finding a relationship and facial hair!

I like that Berry keeps trying, keeps moving forward. She has these crazy superstitions which were embedded by her truly debilitated and debilitating (gambler) father: those superstitions were too strong for even her primary caregiver mother to undo. While Berry knows they are keeping her paralyzed it is that paralysis which prevents her from breaking free. She knows this. She's sad.

But she keeps trying. She keeps trying to forge a connection, and when she does with another DJ, Ryan, she gets really confused. She's in her late-20s and these beliefs have been her constant companions: how can she move forward with Ryan and let herself grow?

I'm making it sound much more profound than it was (because it wasn't a profound book *at all*), but I liked it. I liked the characters.
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By Kmax88 on July 28, 2011
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With a little luck is a great read. I have recently discovered Caprice Crane and I have to say I have fallen in love with her books. With a little luck, like all of the other books has a great story line... it kept a constant smile on my face as I read. Hope everyone takes a chance to read it and enjoys it.
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The book is simple, quite predictable, more or less entertaining. You can stop reading at any moment, and them return to see what is next. It starts kind of slow, but gets better in the end. First book I read from Caprice Crane. I do not think I will be reading another book of hers. As far as romance goes, I enjoyed Jamie McGuire "beatiful disaster" far more.
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