Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins has been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time. I finally decided to pick it up because I was in a reading funk, and there’s nothing like a Kristan Higgins novel to pull you out of that.
So now I’m left asking myself: why did I wait so long to read this book?
Good Luck With That
This contemporary women’s fiction novel centers on the lives of three friends who met at fat camp when they were eighteen: Emerson, Marley, and Georgia. Tragically, the story begins when Emerson dies from complications due to her weight, and she leaves Marley and Georgia with the list they made when they were in fat camp.
The list of things they would do when they were skinny.
You know I love a good character driven novel, and what I loved about this book was how the characters showed two different paths of a decision.
Georgia, the daughter of an emotionally abusive mother, gets skinny.
Marley, the beloved daughter of an Italian family, embraces her weight.
Because of this characterization, the story lays out the two different paths always circulating in a fat girl’s mind: what if I were skinny and what if I were fat for the rest of my life?
I’m writing this as your run of the mill fat girl. You name a diet, I’ve tried it. All those mental tricks for losing weight? I may have even invented some of them.
So seeing these two characters act out the two questions at the heart of the fat debate was like watching my own mind split in two.
If I could, I would want to ask Kristan Higgins how the heck she knew.
The nuances in this book are so subtle it will have every fat girl saying, “Yes! That’s it exactly!”
Very early in the book one of the main characters is invited out for lunch, and she immediately thinks why is this person being nice to me.
That’s my reaction to everything. As a fat girl, you’re invisible. As a fat girl, you’re marginalized. So when someone pays attention to you, you don’t understand what’s happening. I’m not bitter about this. It’s just the way it is.
That’s why I want everyone to read this book!
My husband has never had a weight issue in his life, and he doesn’t understand my food issues. I loved watching Georgia struggle with her failed marriage because of her food issues, because it’s the same issues every fat girl struggles with!
Through this whole book I kept saying why don’t people just talk about their food issues???
I have food issues. I stress eat, and I use food for comfort. There I said it.
The story evolves around this list the girls made in fat camp, but throughout the story, Marley and Georgia keep adding items to the list. These are things they’ve always wanted to do and never felt they could because of their weight.
Guys. These are things every girl ever has dreamed of doing.
To watch Marley and Georgia tackle their life in the wake of the death of their best friend is one of the greatest adventures I have read in a long time.
I don’t read books about dogs, so I like to point out any potential trigger issues for other readers.
In Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins, you will find:
- Child abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Tragic death
- Food insecurity and weight issues
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I spent hours consuming this book, and it got me out of my reading funk. Please consider picking this one up even if you’re not a fat girl. Everyone should read this book to develop their abilities to be compassionate and empathetic.