Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Review - GOOD LUCK WITH THAT by Kristan Higgins

Title:  Good Luck With That
Author:  Kristan Higgins
Genre:  Women's Fiction, Humor
Release Date:   August 7, 2018 

About the Book:
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.

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:
I struggled a bit with this review. That's unusual for me. Perhaps it's because the subject matter of Good Luck with That is a bit personal with me. I've always been a "curvy" girl, which allowed me to feel the pain Emerson, Marley and Georgia delt with. Too much pain. The kind that made me put this book down numerous times.

Kristan Higgins brought to light the numerous emotional as well as physical problems associated with body image, and the struggles each of the ladies delt with. 

Emerson, Marley and Georgia met at a weight loss summer camp as young teenagers, but their friendshiip and comraderie continued throughout their adult lives. Each of them had their own demons to battle regarding their weight, and although Emerson lost her battle, she left a note to Marley and Georgia after her death that contained a list the girls had written many years ago. A list of things they would accomplish once they were skinny. Things like holding hands with a boy in public, buying clothes at a regular store, or have a stranger buy you a drink. It was up to Marley and Georgia to complete the list.

Although quite emotional at times, you know, that gut wrenching "emotional", this story was very well written and brought out so many issues that overweight individuals must endure. And the humor! I found myself laughing out loud at times! That's why trying to rate this book is so difficult. For the character development, storyline and writing, I would give it 5 out of 5 wine glasses. But because I had a difficult time staying with the story and had to put it down so many times, I would give it 4 out of 5 wine glasses. So to be fair, let's say 4 1/2, but since a half glass of wine would spill, we'll make it 5.

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About the Author:

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 18 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. She is a five-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for Best Work of Fiction, and her books regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year of many prestigious journals and review sites. If you want to keep up with Kristan's new releases and get a free short story, sign up for her mailing list at

The proud descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two long-lashed children, a couple of frisky rescue dogs and an occasionally friendly cat.


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