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.
I’ve read my share of “Finishing off a To-Do list left by dead spouse/friend/sibling” books. I didn’t quite enjoy many of them, having been unable to even finish some of them. So, inevitably I was wary of starting this book. But Kristin Higgins is a go-to-author for me. And guess what? Good Luck With That is probably her best work yet.
This book deals with a lot of serious issues. Obesity, addiction, self harm, PTSD, anger issues, to name a few. That makes it a tough emotional read. But I was fully invested in the characters and their struggles. I’m no expert but I felt that the author portrayed the struggles of overweight people really well.
We see our three characters in their mid thirties deal with their weight in different ways. Marley is full of life and when we meet her, she’s grown comfortable in her skin and weight. She struggles with a childhood loss and finding a man to settle down with. Georgia is not overweight anymore. But she still feels fat. Life long taunts from her mother and brother have made her so insecure that she self-destructed her marriage with the love of her life. Emerson was the weakest when dealing with her issues. She was defeated by her addiction. Her journey was the toughest to read. I cringed and I cried. I felt like diving into the pages to slapping her into senses and hug her simultaneously.
There were a lot lot of supporting characters. Special mentions for Marley’s family, Georgia’s nephew and her father’s second family who made my heart swell.
My heart swelled even more seeing the huge strides Georgia and Marley made in their life and their evolution was indeed heartening. It was so heartwarming to see their strong friendship and support for each other. Every girl deserves a friendship like that!
The love is strong with this one. I strongly recommend checking this out if you love books with strong female friendships, characters evolution, messages about self-love.
My Rating: ★★★★☆