Good Luck With That

Good Luck With That

Book - 2018
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When a lifelong friend and fellow weight-loss camper passes away, two grieving women attempt to fulfill her final wish that they overcome the body-image and self-esteem issues they have battled since childhood.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780451489395
Branch Call Number: F HIGGINS
Characteristics: viii, 456 pages ; 21 cm


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Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met as teens at a "fat camp." When one of them dies young, the others are forced to confront their own struggles with self-esteem and acceptance. With equal measures of humor and heartbreak, this book sparks questions about society’s idea of the perfect size... Read More »

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Nov 29, 2018

Higgins takes on the American obsession with weight in this novel which features Emerson, Georgia, and Marley. Each character doesn't fit the American ideal but represents a range of weight issues from morbidly obese to only a few pounds overweight. As each character's story unfolds, the author's overall message is that it's very difficult to love oneself in this toxic American culture. Each character is fleshed out as a whole person which leaves me wanting to revisit Georgia and Marley five years later. Not a quick read but lots of detail and plot twists for the reader along the way.

Sep 03, 2018

A must read for anyone who has ever fought the battle with their weight.

debwalker Jul 24, 2018

Lives of fat camp survivors and how weight obsession and judginess of others weigh on women's lives. Hello book clubs?

Apr 13, 2018

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 these women to be happy.


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