Good Luck with That
By Kristan Higgins
Pub date: Aug 8, 2018, 5 stars
About the third chapter, I asked myself why I continued to read such a depressing book. By the time I got to the fourth chapter, I was hooked! I am so glad that I continued to read this fabulous book. By the time I got to the end of the book, I kept saying; “don’t end” “don’t end”. I think this book will stay with me for years.
There are three main characters, Marley, Georgia and Emerson, Oh, there is also OE, Other Emerson. Emerson writes in her diary every day and it is “Dear Other Emerson”. She pours her heart out to OE and shares with her all the wrongs she has done or perceives to have done to herself. She knows that she is dying, she is over 600 pounds and it’s too late to save herself. Sounds depressing? But it’s not. It’s sad at times, downright laugh out loud funny, warm and full of love.
Marley, Georgia, and Emerson met at “Fat Camp”. Looking back each says that it was the only time they were really happy. Their last year there, they came up with a list of things they would do if they ever got thin. Not one item on the list was hard, all easy things for people who have a good sense of self would be able to do. Like, let a stranger buy you a drink, or have dessert in public. Shop in a regular store, not a store for fat people. Emerson kept the list and put it in an envelope to give to Marley and Georgia when they came to the hospital to see her. This is really where the real story begins. This is not a story about fat shaming but a story about self-discovery, acceptance, love, friendship, and family. There is so much going on in this book I would give it 10 stars if possible. Put it on your to be read list, request from your library, order from your favorite bookstore, it is so worth your time. We all can learn something from this wonderful book.— From Staff Picks- Della
One of Purewow's Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018
Winner for Best Book of 2018 of the Fresh Fiction Awards!
New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is beloved for her heartfelt novels filled with humor and wisdom. Now, she tackles an issue every woman deals with: body image and self-acceptance.
Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.
For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.
But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson's dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.
A novel of compassion and insight, Good Luck With That tells the story of two women who learn to embrace themselves just the way they are.
About the Author
Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children and dogs. If you want to know when Kristan's next book will be out and hear news of her appearances, subscribe to her mailing list at www.kristanhiggins.com.
Praise for Good Luck with That
“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