Good Luck With That

Good Luck With That

eBook - 2018
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One of Purewow's Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018New 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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780451489418
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Apr 14, 2019

Is this REALLY how it is with weight and society???

Apr 11, 2019

I could not get into 'Good Luck with That'. I finished only because it was written by Kristan Higgins whose other books that I've read, I enjoyed. A Kristan Higgins should not have taken me 4 days to read.

While I was empathetic to the characters, learned much about the hurt they feel and I found Emerson's journal heartbreaking, I just could not find anything particularly profound in this story. I should have been able to.

There are a few humorous lines, but I also think in 'Good Luck with That' Higgins worked too hard to hit all too many 'social justice' highlights: men are mean to women who do not fit their beautiful stereotype, judgmental 'skinny' store clerks, happily married gays, loud Italians (which as an Italian I am finding that stereotype increasingly insulting), PTSD, attempted teen suicide, and on and on and on. It all was just . . . wearing.

I finished 'Good Luck with That' but with very little sense of enjoyment.

3 stars, low C- (and barely escaping a D) because I was glad it was over when I finally closed the cover.

Apr 03, 2019

A story of three women who have been lifelong friends and their struggles of dealing with varying levels of extra pounds. Not the "everything will be better if I lose the weight" story, but real struggles and results. Enjoyable read.

ArapahoeJane Jan 30, 2019

This book was a surprise pleasure to read. Perhaps it would be classified as "chick lit;" certainly it is an appropriate beach/vacation read. It chronicles the story of three women who struggle with their weight, offering candid insight into what goes through the minds of young women caught in the throes of food addiction. Very interesting. Was it contrived? Yes. Still, it was a pleasant and enjoyable read.

Nov 29, 2018

Higgins takes on the American obsession with weight in this novel which features Emerson, Georgia, and Marley. Each character doesn't fit the American ideal but represents a range of weight issues from morbidly obese to only a few pounds overweight. As each character's story unfolds, the author's overall message is that it's very difficult to love oneself in this toxic American culture. Each character is fleshed out as a whole person which leaves me wanting to revisit Georgia and Marley five years later. Not a quick read but lots of detail and plot twists for the reader along the way.

Sep 03, 2018

A must read for anyone who has ever fought the battle with their weight.

debwalker Jul 24, 2018

Lives of fat camp survivors and how weight obsession and judginess of others weigh on women's lives. Hello book clubs?

Apr 13, 2018

This is the story about three girls who meet at fat camp and struggle with their weight. Now they are adults. Emerson is almost 600 lbs and soon dies from her weight. Georgia struggles with body image even when she looses all her weight. Because she can't believe someone would love her for her, she sabotages her marriage. And Marley, a personal chef who is athletic and in love with a guy who doesn't want to be seen in public with her. I have struggled with my weight all my life and so I can understand how each of these women deal with food and their struggle with losing weight. Marley has accepted she will never be model skinny. She eats healthy, works out regularly and is a cheerful, positive person who can quickly tell someone off. Georgia, or G as her nephew Mason calls her, worries about has someone been nice to her because her ulcer has made her lose weight or are the actually seeing her for her. There are some family members who are just nasty, some that are total sweethearts and you want to curl up with them and some you wish were in the book more. I found myself looking back on my life and thinking about which of these three women am I? I think I'm a little of all of them. Kristan does a great job of humanizing these women and shining a light on the fact that everyone has flaws and we all react differently and deal with them in different ways. I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I stayed up 2 hours longer than I meant to so I could finish. I cheered the entire book for these women to be happy.


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