Good Luck With That

Good Luck With That

Book - 2018
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"The newest heartwarming novel from the New York Times bestselling author tells the story of two friends who make a promise to face their deepest hopes and greatest fears by agreeing to stop waiting to lose weight and start living now. Marley, Georgia, and Emerson met at fat camp as teens, and they never would have survived it without each other. They bonded against the disapproval of their family and friends by loving each other for who they were and dreaming together of when things would be better--something they formalized by writing up a list of all the things they'd do once they lost the weight... Now, seventeen years later, Emerson is morbidly obese and on her death bed from the strain of her weight on her heart. She calls Marley and Georgia to her side one last time and makes them promise her to stop waiting to live, and do the list now"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780451489395
045148939X
Branch Call Number: HIGGINS K
Characteristics: viii, 456 pages ; 21 cm

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luxedystopia
Apr 14, 2019

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

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MB_kcls
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.

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Christine55416
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.

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TheresaAJ
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.

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GibbsNCISDucky1
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?

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MHanover10
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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