"Provoking and thoughtful novel about some unforgettable characters."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted August 5, 2018
Romance Contemporary | Women's Fiction
Once you read GOOD LUCK WITH THAT you will never look at
people with weight problems the same way. It is game
changer that is thought provoking and alternates between
being uplifting and just plain sad. There's that saying
about walking in someone else's shoes. Kristan Higgins has
us living in someone else's skin -- life as a weight
challenge person who can't stand the sight of herself. And
in GOOD LUCK WITH THAT we meet three woman whose entire
lives have centered on their shared problem with body
Self-image plays an important -- vital -- part in these
lives and never more so with the tragic death of their dear
friend Emerson. Emerson, Georgia, and Marley were a fierce
threesome that met at a summer camp for overweight teens.
They brought out the best in each other and this trio was
an awesome support group. All three had very different
backgrounds, but they shared in the constant battle of
weight. And now one of their trio Emerson has lost her
battle becoming grossly obese which ultimately was a death
I must tell you that Kristan Higgins made sure that
ultimately there is nothing morbid about GOOD LUCK WITH
THAT. It is fiercely honest and truthful and absolutely eye
opening. You will never take that unguarded look at an
overweight person again and judge them for what they are
eating. Because you will forever remember Emerson, Georgia,
and Marley's words. Those looks hurt.
Invisible -- something Georgia Sloane and Marley DeFelice
know a lot about. It seems to be something people who
consider themselves fat are prone to do. Georgia went from
a promising law career to a pre-school teacher. Something
she truly loves even if some folks in her family consider
her a quitter.
Marley works with food, catering meals for clients that
either prefer not to cook, just don't have time to, or just
rather have someone else do it. And Marley's clients are
never disappointed with her amazing meals designed with
their special likes and needs in mind. Her list of repeat
or regular clients have made Salt & Pepper a success.
Both Georgia and Marley have shaped their lives around
things they love and enjoy. But it's their personal lives
that are still mired in fat girl imagery. And after
Emerson's death they are challenging themselves and their
lives with the list of tasks she left for the two of them.
From her grave Emerson is pushing her two friends to live
the life she so dearly dreamed of. The most ironic part of
that list is it is made up of totally normal everyday items
that most of us take for granted. In GOOD LUCK WITH THAT
Kristan Higgins makes sure you never will again.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT is written in the voices of these three
woman. Emerson reaches out to us from her grave with what
her life had become. Her ups and downs, her small successes,
and large failures. So sad. But Emerson was lovely and a
very good person who lived a life of invisibility to the
best of her ability. So smart, but couldn't figure out a
solution for her horrible problem. She never met her
potential and that is why she gave Georgia and Marley that
Do that for yourself and me. Powerful and memorable. GOOD
LUCK WITH THAT is the absolutely winner for this summer's
reading list. Georgia, Marley, and Emerson are three
characters that you will never forget. The cast of
characters in GOOD LUCK WITH THAT once again remind you why
you are such a fan of Kristan Higgins. And if you know
anything about this author, you can't help but chuckle at
her choices for some characters jobs. Put GOOD LUCK WITH
THAT on top of your must read list.
New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins
is beloved for her heartfelt novels filled with humor and
wisdom. Now, in her newest novel, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, she
tackles an issue every woman deals with: body image and
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
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
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.
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