Summary: 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.
Review: 4 stars
Good Luck With That is a heartfelt novel about two women who learn how to accept themselves exactly how they were. Three girls, Marley, Emerson and Georgia, who had become friends at fat camp, made a list of things they wanted to do when they got skinny. Twenty years later Emerson is on her death bed and leaves the other girls the list, along with a note asking them to do the things on the list. For Georgia and Marley, completing the list winds up changing their lives as the two of them go out of their comfort zones to do tasks they thought they would want to do if they ever got skinny.
The characters drove this story. I instantly felt connected to Georgia, but Marley took a while to grow on me. They both were fat and had issues with their weight, but Georgia was obsessed with it and had an eating disorder. I think that most people, including me, think that someone with an eating disorder should be skinny, but that’s not always the case. I also never knew the full extent of what it might be like to live with an eating disorder. This book really opened my eyes and I think that the eating disorder was portrayed really well.
The plot was good. It was slow moving, as this is a contemporary novel. I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels, but this book tugged at my heart. Georgia and Marley each grew so much throughout this book. Completing the items on the list continuously brought them out of their comfort zones and slowly changed their lives. The plot was slower paced than I normally like to read, but I wound up loving the book.
The writing was really great. The characters were so well done that I felt really connected to the story. I didn’t feel super emotionally connected, but I did feel connected. The story felt so real and raw at times. Two women, who have been fat their entire lives, one who struggled with an eating disorder, finally learned to accept themselves for who they are and what they look like. This is a story about body acceptance, growth, love and being yourself. This book opened my eyes, as the struggles these women went through were not like anything I have experienced. I would like to read another novel by Kristan Higgins and I would suggest this to all women.