Good Luck with That
by Kristan Higgins
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Berkley (August 7, 2018)
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 480 pages
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.
Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins
Self-image, body shaming, we are taught by example to never be happy with our body or our appearance. The pain of being obese brings three girls together one summer in a relationship that will last through the years, the pounds, the successes and the failures until one of them went too far and paid the ultimate price, death.
Georgia, Emerson and Marley created a list of things they feared would never happen/wanted to do that summer, and now fulfilling that bucket list was Emerson’s final wish for her friends.
In a bittersweet tale of friendship, love and acceptance of self, Kristan Higgans’ GOOD LUCK WITH THAT points out the devastation from within and through outside influences on body image and self-esteem as well as the ease with which the “victims” become their own worst enemies.
At first, it may be difficult to actually “like” one or more of the characters as we get to know them better. There will be weaknesses, strengths and struggles, but there will also be laughter, tears and love!
This is a journey to happiness that comes from within, of taking chances and of learning to love oneself, flaws and all. Eye-opening for all readers, off-putting for others, you will not find super heroes, you will find normal humans who never found inner peace until one tragic death gave a new lease on life to others.
In a contemporary world where something seems to upset everyone, obesity is an easy target, but these women will finally begin the journey to becoming less of a victim and learn to take control of their own lives, stop making excuses and discover that life is made up of choices, moments and chances taken.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley!