Good Luck With That

Good Luck With That

Large Print - 2018
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"Two friends make a promise to their dying friend to face their deepest hopes and greatest fears by agreeing to stop waiting until they lose weight and start living now. As they begin to work on their list of things to do, they grow stronger and learn to embrace themselves just the way they are"--
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. They even formalized it by writing up a list of all the things they'd do once they lost the weight. 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. -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2018
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781683249399
1683249399
Branch Call Number: F Higgins
Characteristics: 655 pages (large print) ;,23 cm

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Patricia_T
Jan 05, 2021

This was an absolutely fascinating book and one everyone should read whether they feel they have image problems or not and perhaps not judge people so easily, this was so well written and should be recommended to professionals and organizations who deal with people with similar problems. Is a wake up call not to make quick judgements.

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jlucoo
Jul 31, 2020

WOW! I laughed out loud, I cried, I emailed the author and thanked her for writing this book! (And she responded by the way and was as real as she writes).
I don’t have a big weight problem but we’ve all got body image issues here and there. I thought this was a very unique novel told with three different journeys of the same issue. So heartfelt and believable characters, and their friendship.
I plan to continue my journey through this author’s books.

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mjk236sb
Jun 28, 2020

Story of three friends with weight issues - it delves into their histories - the whys and wherefores of their problems. Yes it did touch on many issues of life - abuse, PTSD, eating disorders - probably a few too many for these there friends, but these are all issues in our society. Many over eaters are haters of themselves and feel unloved. Even when Georgia found love with Rafe she could let herself feel worthy of his love. There were times of joy, and laughter and tears as they came to a realization of their problems. One review thought that the story was contrived but she was just trying to touch the various reasons that people feel unworthy in life. Abuse whether physical /sexual or mental (Georgia's mother) or self inflicted (Marly feeling she caused her twin's death) is such apart of our life now. Sometime it leads to eating problems, sometimes to further abuse, and many times to just not succeeding as we feel unworthy. Despite all this there is so much growth and good in this story - so worth the time to read and then reflect.

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kmsetter
Dec 06, 2019

This book had me at the dedication: "This one is for all of us who've cried when looking in a mirror. Here's to never doing that again." The book centers around two best friends who met as teens at a fat camp. Now in their 30s they have to come to grips with the death of a third friend who just died. The three had made a list that last summer at camp, "Things to do when we are skinny," and their friend's dying wish was for them to do everything on the list. This book reveals the prejudice against overweight people that is so prevalent but ignored in our society. It brings a lot of emotions forward as Georgia and Marley work on the list, their relationships with their family and the men in their lives. It really resonated with me, and will for anyone with any kind of self-image issue. Interspersed are letters Emerson, the friend who died, wrote to her imagined skinny self that will break your heart. There is a happy ending for these women, but not necessarily a skinny one. But one of self-acceptance, which is the most important thing.

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KrisRipley
Oct 14, 2019

I found this book warm and sad. I never knew the lack of self confidence a "fat" person has. Kind of like being raised in an alcoholic family. I loved all the unpredictable twists that the 3 main characters took. Plant to read more books by this author.

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kdegr
Jul 26, 2019

A nice story. I enjoyed it and recommend it. It's about loving yourself as you are and taking chances without fear.

RandomLibrarian Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "TW/CW: fat shaming, disordered eating, and physical and emotional self-harm and abuse.

Thinking about this book, and thinking about writing this review, has made me so queasy. I’ve stopped and started again six or seven times now. Trying to read it made me feel awful: awful about myself, and awful for the people who might pick it up expecting to find a story that makes them feel good, or that makes them laugh. 'Good Luck With That' made me feel terrible burning shame, hopelessness, and that cloying throat-blockage of imminent tears. In other words, the exact opposite experience from what I wanted."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/good-luck-with-that-by-kristan-higgins/

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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.

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