Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins

Good Luck with That

Kristan Higgins

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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One of Purewow's Best Beach Reads of Summer 2018

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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I love, love, love Kristan Higgins, but Good Luck with That just didn't do it for me. I couldn't relate to the characters on so many different levels, but I think it's inspiring that the story is trying to connect with women who have body issues. It was written with her unique blend of humor and emotion, which was a plus because otherwise I wouldn't have gotten through the novel. *ARC provided via First to Read* Rating: 3/5

This one of those books that breaks the mold and talks about something very taboo. No one talks about growing up overweight and what it does to you for the rest of your life. Have you seen kids today? Most are so obese it's scary. I really loved this book. I grew up the overweight kid and now i'm an overweight adult. It's what I know, it's what I fall back to, unconsciously. This book brought up a lot of hard topics and let readers know, if you deal with these issues and get help (kinda the theme of the book) then your life can be very different.This book can lead to a lot of great discussions. Go Kristan for going where no one had the guts to go!

I gave this book 4/5 stars onGoodreads. Wow. Although this book has an overall great review rating, I’m stunned at the ones who have said this book is about fat shaming. I did not get that impression at all. I felt it was about self love. Learning to accept who you are and body dysmorphia! I really don’t get the fat shaming at all. I felt she handled the topic gracefully. Have I ever been overweight? Definitely! My whole life was about being the skinniest I could possibly be. After a lot of health issues, I quickly packed on the pounds. I can honestly say that I felt more comfortable in my own skin than any other time in my life. Then and only then was I able to lose the weight. Did I diet? Nope. I saw myself in a different light. It’s about perception and liking who you are and THAT is the impression I got from the book. So I disagree with the “fat shaming” label some are attaching to this book. Was it my favorite Kristan Higgins book? No. But disagree with the people accusing her of fat shaming. Just my personal opinion. I did receive this book through the Penguin First to Read program.

This book was so realistic it was heart-wrenching. Kristan Higgins writes a story with characters that are so true-to-life; they could be anyone you see every day, including yourself. She takes a subject that so few really approach, and handles it wonderfully. Higgins has always had such a wonderful way with characters and dialog, and this book is no different. Though it contains her trademark humor, this book is real. It is a stark reminder that we, as women, have to love ourselves, and our bodies, and enjoy our life, no matter what. I need to remember this. I have always loved Kristan Higgins’ novels, but this novel tops the list of my favorites. I could not love her more than I do now with this honest portrayal of real women. #FirsttoRead

I really enjoyed this book! It's fairly long, but I devoured it in about 2 days! I'll be honest, it was kind of tough to read in spots. It's about 3 girls who met at fat camp as teens and now as adults one of the three passed away due to weight complications. I've always struggled with my weight and it was relatable to read about some of the negative thoughts, feelings, experiences that the characters went through. And even though some of that negative talk was hard to read, I really enjoyed seeing Georgia and Marley work through the list Emerson left for them. It was nice to see them grow and try to figure things out. I really the secondary characters in the book too! Sad at parts, but really an enjoyable book overall!

this is such a beautiful story of friends connecting, and realizing the beauty within themselves. It is an incredibly powerful message about overcoming the hangups that you have that are holding you back from everything that you are capable of. Higgins knows how to capture emotion and character and this ability will keep people reading her books for years to come!

Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins. Kristan has gone in a bit of a different direction with this novel. This novel is focused on friends who have been battling weight issues throughout their lives. I applaud the main theme of do not wait until you reach the perfect weight (or are your perfect self) before doing the things you want to do. Live your life to the fullest. However, the amount of focus on being overweight was depressing. I understand and agree that Kristan was trying to do an accurate portrayal of what their life would be like but sometimes you just want a little more of the light. I would have preferred if the story had more balance between pathos and lightheartedness. Overall, a book that will certainly linger in our minds.

I didn't love it. I didn't hate it either. It was an interesting read while I was reading but one that I'll soon forget. I was very disappointed with the comments of fellow readers in response to the subject matter and that was more interesting than the book itself. I wouldn't recommend this book but gave it three stars because it is well written just not a topic I find appealing. I know a few plus size women but none who actively co-sign this notion that they should be ashamed, and that's the basic theme for the first half of the book.

This definitely isn't the typical Kristan Higgins book... but still, it's absolutely worth the read. Dealing with a very touchy subject for some people, focusing on weight and body issues, I feel it was done in a respectful manner. My hat goes off to Kristan Higgins for writing another great book! The perfect summer read!!!

Okay. So. I have a lot of feelings about this and to be completely honest, I don't know if they're all good or all bad, so I split the difference and gave it three stars. I feel like this should come with a warning. At least 3/4 of the book is all about food, body image, and an unhealthy relationship with food. If you've ever struggled with any of these, this is a hard read. That said the 1/4 that wasn't about the food, that was about friendship and relationships and family was what you've come to know and love from Higgins. But it was dampened by always having to return to how these women look. I appreciated having all three of them taking turns telling their own story, but when it came to Georgia and Emerson (not so much Marley), it was all about an unhealthy self-image. I found myself skimming because it was too much (probably because it made me think about my own body image and relationship with food which is 100% not necessary). I'd love the parts with Mason, but I hated any time Hunter was brought up. I also started finding it very hard to support Georgia. She became very grating. Spoilers below: I also feel like there is a severely damaging point about the fact that the friend who wasn't able to moderate their weight died while the other two, who either lost weight or were extremely athletic, got a happy ending.

3 friends and the story of their lives. Anything but easy. The news is that as long as they stick together and be who they are *true to themselves, then things will work out. An interesting book, thanks for the opportunity!

Three girls meet one summer at fat camp and become friends. Distance causes Emerson to lose touch with Marley and Georgia. The story picks up when the three women are in their thirties and our brought back together over Emerson's death bed. She gives the girls a list they made that last summer at camp of things they were going to do once they were skinny. However, with her getting ready to pass she's told Marley and Georgia to quit wasting time and complete the list now cause you never know how long you've got, I usually don't read other reader reviews on books before I read them but I did for this one. I noticed a lot of drama centered around the topic and people saying how the book was fat shaming. First of all, I'm a very plus sized woman and I can assure you this book was pretty damn close to the reality of what fat women go through. The prejudices and the self loathing were pretty much spot on. I've always been a fan of Kristan's writing and this book just continued that trend. The characters were complex and had their own individual issues while always being one another's cheerleader. It was nice seeing the family dynamic of how some families embrace being bigger and how others don't but how it still effects the individual. Not to mention Marley and Georgia together are hysterical. I wish I had girlfriends like this in my life.

Kristin Higgins characters always seem so vivid and real, like friends we haven't met yet. I find myself thinking of this book and these characters long after I finished the book. This is another excellent story.

I absolutely LOVED this book! I could not get enough of it. I'm going to be honest, normally I shy away from books that are 400+ pages long but I kind of wish Good Luck With That had been even longer! I blew right through it and could not get enough of Georgia, Marley, and Emerson. The friendship they shared was more of a sisterhood and it was so wonderful to read about. I loved just about every character (you'll understand what I mean). They were all so different and yet they all shared a common need, to be seen, heard, and loved for who they are. After all, isn't that what we all want out of life? I would love to see this book be made into a movie. Grab this one for your beach bag this summer, you won't regret it! *Thank you to First to Read for the loan of an ARC digital copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

I was really loving reading this book! Kristan Higgins does such a great job making her charectors feel real that I just want to console them when they are sad and laugh when they make a joke. This book focused a lot on weight, which I am sure can be a very touchy subject for many people, but I applaud the author for doing it so tastefully and not making it into a negative. While I was not able to finish the book in the time allotted (I only got through half before the loan ran out) I will be picking it up again once I comes out!

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. Meet Emerson, Georgia, and Marley, three best friends who meet at a “fat” camp during summer when they were teens. During the years they have grown, their weight has yo-yo’d, and they have sort of drifted apart. Well, Emerson has drifted from Georgia and Marley. Emerson passes away and leaves the other two a list they all made at that camp as teens. They see it as a kick in the butt to move on in their lives. Higgins treats us to another wonderful book full of female friends and wonderful relationships. If you have never read a Kristin Higgins book before, then you should pick this one up!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins. I absolutely loved this book. It was a quick read and an enjoyable story. This book told the story of three overweight women and the effects it had on their lives. I felt bad for Emerson but was pulling for Marley and Georgia as the dealt with their issues. Learning to have a romance and living in a society that puts body image ahead of who they are on the inside. After time they are able to accept who they are and they are able to find happiness.

I absolutely loved this book. It is about three friends who met at fat camp as young girls. Twenty years later, one of them dies and leaves a note in her will for her friends. It is a list of things to do, even though they are still overweight. I loved the message in this book which is basically, live your life to the fullest no matter what your dress size. Don’t wait for the “perfect weight” to do the things you want to do in life. There were many laugh out loud moments with heart felt and gut wrenching moments too. An excellent well written read!

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT will be the hit not only of the season, but of book clubs for the rest of the year. It delves into the depths of the relationships people have with weight, as well as how society views the obese, and how the obese THINK society views them. The book shows readers both positive and negative family relationships, and how they can effect our eating habits as well. For a work of fiction, there's a lot of truth in the book. Emerson, Georgia and Marley are all their own unique characters, and I really liked the way Higgins alternates between the three voices, allowing us to see each piece of the story through different view points. In addition to the weight related issues (physical health and mental health related) discussed in the book, there are other issues (divorce, PTSD, affairs, grief to name a few) that are explored. Definitely thrilled I got an early view of this one.

I loved the books. The characters were well developed. The book deals with relationship and weight related issues for three friends. Each of them struggled with their body image. I cried for Emerson and cheered for Marley and Georgia. Everyone had many issues. The book was well written and dealt with many issues from PTSD to family lies.

I love Kristan Higgins. But this was definitely not my favorite read by her. I think the subject matter was just a little too close to home and I just couldn’t connect. Sadly I didn’t finish this one.

I struggled with this book, but ultimately ended up liking it. It follows two friends dealing with their weight issues after one of their friends dies due to being morbidly obese. So much of the book is talk about weight and eating which is hard to take since it can be triggering to anyone who's ever had weight issues plus it's just tiring to think about weight that much (probably part of the point of the story). Despite this, I did like the characters and became invested in their journey. Eventually the weight talk becomes less prominent and the characters' development takes front and center. Even though I ended up enjoying the book overall, I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. Some people may be triggered by the food issues and a couple other issues dealt with in the book. Some may just be bored by the shear amount of weight talk in the first half to two-thirds of the book.

This book is full of truths and wisdom. The characters are realistic and the dialogue is true. Anyone who has ever had a weight problem , whether ten lbs. or 100, can identify with these women. I loved reading it and am glad to give a review after receiving an advance copy. It all boils down to the fact that we need to know and love ourselves. It teaches us to be more considerate and empathetic to other people, no matter what their problems are. Everyone is different , but we are all worthy.

This wasn't my favorite and I actually didn't end up finishing it. I like Kristan Higgins, but I couldn't relate to the characters or really get interested in the book.

I had trouble getting into this book and could not finish it. As a person who has dealt with weight issues all my life I was a little offended by this book.

I loved this book!!! The characters were very relatable and complex. The story made me laugh, cry and think about my own situation. I have read many books by Kristin Higgins and this one by far is my favorite.

I really loved the two main characters in this book, yet I was kind of put of by Emerson. They all seem like intelligent women and yet Emerson could not figure out that this guy was taking advantage of her. I could understand her battle though. I loved that a list that they wrote as girls was able to transform their lives and get them in touch with themselves. I wanted to keep reading after this book was over. I am going to be go back and read everything from this author. Thanks for the ARC, First to Read.

First off let me say that I love Kristan Higgans books, especially her winery series. I can not say that about this book. It was a DNF at chapter 5. The 3 girls meet at a fat camp when they are 18 years old. Fast forward to 16 years later and Emerson has passed away from being morbidly obese. She gave her 2 friends, Georgia and Marley a list of things they had planned on doing when they finally got skinny like have a photo shoot, get a piggyback ride from a guy and hold hands with a hot guy in public. I read other reviews complaining about the fat shaming in this book but figured they over exaggerating and I could overlook it. Nope, No way it's on every page and it seemed a bit ridiculous, worse in Marley's POV than Georgia's. I hate not finishing a book and I really hate that it was a Higgans book. I'm hoping that this book was a really bad blip and her next book goes back to being the kind of books i love to read.

I thought that I would enjoy this book, hut unfortunately it was a DNF for me. As a women whose weight has fluctuated a lot throughout my life, I just couldn't seem to connect with the characters or get into the story. This was my first Kristan Higgins book, and I've heard she's great, so maybe I'll try another of her book that centers around a different subject.

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 Marley and Georgia to be happy.

I've always enjoyed books by Kristan Higgins - this book continues this streak. The topic of weight is always a sensitive subject but I feel that she handled the struggles, the insecurities and the many ways it can impact every part of your life well. I ended the book fully invested in the characters lives and satisfied that it wasn't a pat resolution to the issues faced. Good job Ms. Higgins!

I couldn't finish it. I appreciate the ARC from FirsttoRead.com, and I have truly enjoyed Kristan Higgins books in the past. But the subject matter didn't appeal to me. MAybe it's just the wrong time to read it and if I pick it up at a later date, it will resonate better. But right now it was too much of a downer for me, with characters I could not connect with. 2 stars.

I have always been a fan of Kristan Higgins. Good Luck With That was not your typical book by this author. The subject matter of three overweight women who met in their youth at a camp for overweight children can be sad. Emerson is the only woman we actually found out how heavy she is while Marley and Georgia the weight is never told. Each one's story is told by her POV in their chapters. Their stories show 3 women dealing in their own with their wishes and desires to become their healthier normal sized person. I did like the story and was very happy when Georgia was able to be tell her mom and brother how she felt. I did like Mason, Georgia's nephew, how he grew and began accepting who he was himself. I belong to a book club and this will be on our list to read.

Kristan Higgins is one of my favorite authors so I was very excited when GOOD LUCK WITH THAT was offered through First to Read. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT is the story of three women that meet in high school at a camp for overweight people. On their last day of camp, they composed a list of things they would do when they were skinny. Now the women are in their thirties. Emerson knows that her food addiction has gotten the best of her and she creates a list for Marley and Georgia to complete. Each chapter is told from the women's POV and you gain insight into each character that way. I had a very difficult time at the beginning of the book, especially reading Emerson's narrated chapters. I was left feeling so sad, depressed and heartbroken for this young woman. Marley and Georgia decide to complete the items on the list and along the way learn some things about themselves. As the book progressed, Kristan's signature wit and humor shone through. I was laughing out loud and crying as I read the book. As Marley and Georgia grew more sure of themselves and felt comfortable in their bodies, I was right there cheering them on and ready to have a glass of wine with them.

My favorite book of 2018... I want to be BFF with Emerson, Marley and Georgia. If you have ever struggled with weight, or still struggle - an incredible story of friends, life, love, success and failure in their lives and "our" lives - looking in the mirror. My first read from Kristan Higgins - it won't be my last. While looking in that mirror, I look for inspiration from Marley, Georgia and Emerson! Thanks to First To Read/Penguin Random House for the ARC.

I liked this book. It is not the typical Kristan Higgins books that I have read though so it was a little different. Although it was sadder than I thought it would be. It was about 3 friends Emerson, Georgia, and Marley who met at an overweight camp when they were teens. We see life from their point of view and their struggles. I was able to keep up pretty well. There was only 1 time there was a switch of people’s perspectives that I had to re-read to figure out who was speaking. We do find out Emerson’s weight and see how things went downhill for her and those who were accomplices in the problem. For Georgia and Marley we see how their lives change when they start thinking more positive and care less about what others think of them and more about their own self-worth. Georgia was a lawyer turned Preschool teacher. Her mother and her brother are horrible and always make her feel bad about her weight. So once she found love she did not believe that he could really love her for her the way she looked and the way she was. Plus she hated herself so bad at that point she sabotaged everything. Her dog Admiral and her nephew Mason were the best things in her life. Her dad was a good support person when she was an adult. Marley is a chef in a loving family. She never was fully comfortable with her weight but out of the 3 she was the most confident. I really liked the characters based on their personalities they sounded like they would be fun to be around. Emerson ended up working at a call center which according to her made her feel like she had a purpose. We only see Emerson's thoughts because she passes away in the beginning of the book. She was a sweet person that tried to be nice to everyone she met. Despite the Death of Emerson I really liked the ending because everyone loved themselves more. They were not as hard on themselves. They started living instead of hiding. I know I related to the book because of my own self-image issues, a lot that are due to weight. Now I know people may think it’s funny for me to have such issues because I was underweight until I was 30 and it is not the same as being overweight. But I literally looked like if a strong wind blew I would fall over and break. And people did not fail to mention that to me all the time. I have had people who automatically thought I was anorexic or would just tell me I should eat I must be hungry, that I had to have had a eating disorder. People teased me a lot. Although I never did get to the totally hating myself part like a couple of the characters did in the book, the meaning is relatable. Some days it is hard to be in my own skin. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. I had many days where I wished I could gain weight and be a normal size. I got this for free to read in exchange for an honest opinion from First to read. The opinions in this review are 100% my own.

5+ stars. I absolutely adored this book. It tackles some very deep subjects and steps on a lot of emotional landmines. The book centers around 3 lifelong friends that met at a kid's "fat camp" and developed a friendship that lasted into their adult years. Marley, Georgia, and Emerson struggle with their weight and body image issues their entire lives, but for Emerson it became a fatal life and death struggle. She died in the hospital once her weight topped 600 lbs. Her dying wish was that Marley and Georgia complete the items on the list that the girls wrote up while they were children at the camp. Things that they would have done had they not been to scared to do because of their size. Things they thought are taken for granted by "normal" women like shopping at regular stores and getting a piggyback ride, etc. Finishing the list takes them on an emotional roller coaster of some hilarious and some heartbreaking moments. Kristan Higgins is such a talented writer that by the time I finished this book I was completely emotionally invested and felt like Marley and Georgia were my best friends. The ending was beautiful and tied up the story perfectly, but I would be completely happy with another book of these intelligent, strong, fierce women just because of how wonderful they were.

This was a difficult book to read. One of the characters was so fixated on her addiction and self-loathing that I dreaded reading her POV chapters. Her friends called her a kind and loving person, but how could you tell? Instead she presented as a person not being able to live outside of her own fixation. The other main characters were marginally better, but there was always the body-hating - every single time. And maybe that was the author's point, but it lost me when it became a chore to read.

I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry. It's a beautifully told story about the friendship of three overweight women: Marley, Georgia, and Emerson. The three women meet as teenagers and the story traces their friendship into their thirties. The story honestly discusses the challenges of food addiction and societal perceptions of women who are overweight. it is refreshingly honest and heartbreaking. I loved all 400 plus pages with these women. Emerson gifts the women with a list: a list of challenges to change their lives and force them to move forward. Emerson's story as a morbidly obese woman who passes away is the most heartbreaking. She is kind and loving, and in some ways childlike, unable to move beyond her own addictions. Her story is told through her journal entries to her fantasy skinny self "Other Emerson" who has a fabulous job, can wear any clothes that she wants and dates Idris Elba. Her death and final list from their summer camp as teenagers is a wake-up call for the other two women. I loved taking this journey with them. They were beautifully written characters. I enjoyed their triumphs and their struggles. In particular, I loved how unique each of the characters is from Marley to Georgia to Emerson to some of the secondary characters like Georgia's sweet nephew, Mason. The characters are well defined and well written. I would recommend this book.

I have always loved Kristan Higgins' books, finding the characters both fun and complex. This book has none of her signature wit and wisdom. The characters are flat and the story line predictable. Fingers crossed this is simply an unfortunate dud in an otherwise spectacular catalog.

This was probably my least favorite Kristan Higgins book. That's not exactly the condemnation it seems, though. I LOVE Kristan Higgins. She's one of my favorite authors. This is still a very good book. There were just a few things that bothered me about this story. Part of the problem, I think, is that no matter how detailed their struggles, I still found it hard to relate to them. I do have body-image issues, like 99% of women, but I just cannot fathom how anyone could keep eating even though she knew it was going to kill her; that was just so heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking that she didn't try to get help. And I get that this was supposed to be a story about self-love and acceptance, but these were such extreme circumstances, and the book took its sweet time getting there. The turning point for me was Mason's talent show. That's when the whole tone of the book shifted, became lighter. I mean, Georgia desperately giving mouth-to-mouth to a bunny? Priceless! Mason pulling two humping bunnies out of his hat? Freaking hilarious! Marley realizing she deserves nothing but the best and landing a man who loves her just as she is? Hells yes! Georgia finally waking up (a bleeding ulcer will do that to you, I guess) and telling off her terrible mother, her asshole brother, and that jerk Evan from Yale? Georgia finally telling Rafael the whole truth, both ugly and beautiful? I'm here for it! I was mentally cheering for her! It was a little rough getting there, but it got there, it really got there and Higgins totally stuck the landing.

 


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