One of Purewow’s “Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018”
Winner for Best Book of 2018 of the Fresh Fiction Awards!
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.
Higgins (Now That You Mention It) writes with uncommon grace and empathy about a fraught topic for many people: weight. Marley, Georgia, and Emerson meet as children at a camp for overweight teenagers. Fast forward to adulthood: Emerson dies young and makes Marley and Georgia vow to relish every moment of life, starting with the "things we'll do when we're skinny" list they composed one summer at camp. Told in alternating first-person chapters, the story follows Marley and Georgia as they learn their value and their own beauty, while Emerson's interspersed journal entries address a dream version of herself. Higgins doesn't pull any punches as she starkly illustrates how the judgmental attitudes of even close friends and family brilliantly illustrated by Georgia's cruel and overbearing brother and her brittle, skinnier-than-thou mother can caustically eat away at self-worth. The author provides sharp psychological insight into her characters, such as when Georgia thinks, "Life was kind and full of chances. Sometimes we didn't take them. Sometimes we hid our truth and acted out of fear. Sometimes we turned away and closed the door." This novel is a winner.
Good Luck With That
What a great book! I’ve had a weight problem my whole life. I can relate to these women so well. Great characters and I’m a sucker for romance and happy endings.
A hard book for an overweight woman
This book was uncomfortable for me in many ways because I am an overweight woman. I am clinically obese. Thankfully, I am blessed with a husband that loves me thin, thick, & all in between, never uttering a negative word about my weight. I’m blessed to have family & friends who love me for who I am & not what size I am. It was gratifying to read that for Marley & Georgia, they were eventually able to learn to love themselves, not based on their weight. When they learned their value, good things started to happen in their lives. Everybody has something about themselves that they stress over. For many of us, it’s weight, but everybody has something they struggle with.
This book, for me, has given me a whole new outlook on life. I too, am not a small woman and have battled with weight issues my whole life. This story gives a boost of confidence that I didn’t think I needed and I’m grateful I took the time to read it. I may be a hopeless romantic but I do believe good things happen when you least expect it. Thank you for such a spectacular, truthful and relatable story. Fantastic.