Good Luck With That
by Higgins, Kristan

"New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is beloved for her heartfelt novels filled with humor and wisdom. Now, in her newest novel, Good Luck with That, 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 is coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she has 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 is 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, shewanted 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."-

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children and dogs. If you want to know when Kristan's next book will be out and hear news of her appearances, subscribe to her mailing list at

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met at weight-loss camp when they were teenagers. When Emerson dies, she leaves behind the to-do list that bonded the girls together as they worked to lose weight, including things like riding piggyback on a boy and eating dessert in public. Georgia, now thinner and experiencing unexplained stomach pains, and Marley, carrying extra weight, decide to take Emerson up on her last request and complete the list. Higgins (Now That You Mention It, 2017) uses a comfortable, conversational style to delicately tackle the much-talked-about issue of female body image with this compassionate story of two friends with varying struggles regarding their weight. The alternating perspectives between present-day Georgia and Marley, and via Emerson's journals, will take readers on a journey from Georgia's toxic-mother issues to Marley's self-acceptance to Emerson's all-encompassing body struggles. The list was only the beginning in this heartbreakingly gorgeous story of female friendship and what it takes to feel comfortable in one's own skin. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Two friends who have fought weight issues their whole lives must decide how to move forward when another friend dies after reminding them of a list of "someday" tasks they created as teens to help them appreciate their lives. Georgia, Marley, and Emerson met as girls at Camp Copperbrook—a summer camp where they were sent to lose weight—and have remained friends since. When Emerson summons Marley and Georgia, they are stunned to learn she is morbidly obese and dying of a variety of ailments, including a blood clot in her lungs. "Why hadn't she told us? I knew the answer: shame." With her last breaths, Emerson hands them an envelope which contains a list of "Things We'll Do When We're Skinny" that they created at camp years ago. The two friends agree to follow the list. Obviously, Emerson's goal for Marley and Georgia is to build lives that make them happy, since their unhealthy obsession with being physically smaller has diminished them emotionally. Georgia, who's left a law practice to become a nursery school teacher, must re-evaluate difficult family relationships and try to keep her beloved and emotionally vulnerable nephew safe while revisiting the end of her marriage. Marley's unresolved issues include a twin who died very young and the man she's been involved with for five years, who treats her like a booty call. Higgins explores a very complicated emotional landscape through the lens of three friends who've endured society's hateful attitude toward heavy people. Emerson, the largest and most besieged, tells her point of view through diary entries leading up to her death. The ending is uplifting, but the book may be a difficult read for women who routinely live through such judgment and hostility. Higgins' astute, perceptive eye to the best and worst of human nature enhances the poignancy of a sensitive topic, which she navigates with humor and grace. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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