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How Lucky You Are

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,025 ratings  ·  225 reviews
In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, How Lucky You Are is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive.

Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, b
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Published September 4th 2012 by Five Spot/Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Shannon Knight
(SPOILERS?? I GUESS??) Within the first chapter, we already had four of my LEAST favorite chick lit tropes happening: a trio of best girlfriends in which two of the trio are no longer close to one another; the main character runs a bakery; the main character has a funky name while everyone else has a normal name; someone's husband is an asshole. So there was that. And then as you read further, the main character is doing that stupid, stupid thing where she's having trouble (financial issues with ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm trying to figure out how to describe how I feel about this book without giving too much away. I've been staring at my screen for a bit with no luck, so I'm just going to jump right in.

How Lucky You Are is a story of perception and truth and friendship. Waverly, Kate, and Amy are three friends who know everything about each other, except for the secrets each one manages to keep. We are all guilty of it, seeing friends or neighbors and comparing our lives to theirs...the perfectly manicured l
Sarah Swann
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS! I was so invested in all of these characters. I loved the bakery aspect, I loved all the scenes there. I had quite a few feelings throughout. This is the kind of contemporary novel that I enjoy.
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I’m always drawn to stories about groups of women friends - how does the author portray close friendships? Is the dialogue realistic? Does it ‘ring true?’ Therefore, I picked up How Lucky You Are by Krisyn Kusek Lewis with great hopes.

It’s the story of Waverly, Kate and Amy, a tight-knit trio who met in their early twenties. The story is told from Waverley’s perspective who, after years of being the ‘rock’, is feeling the strain. Waverley is facing financial ruin and the loss of her home and bu
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How Lucky You Are
Kristyn Kusek Lewis

My " in a nutshell" summary...

Three friends...three different lives...three separate sets of issues.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Wow...loved this book.  We have three very different women who have been friends for a long time.  Kate is wealthy, Amy is a happy mom and Waverly owns a bakery.  On the surface their lives seem happy and fulfilled.  Behind closed doors each woman is dealing with major issues.  

Waverly seems to be the worrier...the friend
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I finished the book and it was okay, I didn't like any of the characters: Waverly, the narrator, because everything that happened seemed like she made it about HER; Kate, because her repetitive rich-girl whining nearly made me give up on the book before I was halfway through; and Amy, because she was colorless.

I couldn't believe that these old friends, especially Kate and Waverly, being friends longer, couldn't seem to really talk about what was happening with their lives until a near-tra
Angela Holtz
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. I even read late into the night and finally finished it before work this morning.

The main character, Waverly is a woman we can all relate to. She feels inferior to her friends, that she hasn't "grown up" yet, and when she gets so stressed out she hides from the issue (like bills). One of her friends is a woman from a wealthy family, whom she is jealous of the money and the beauty. Then her other friend marries a do
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Waverly and Kate have been best friends since they were teenagers, and they became friends with Amy when they were twenty-two, and had just graduated from college. Thirteen years later, they are still friends. Amy and Kate are both married, and Waverly has been dating Larry for six years.
Waverly owns a bakery, and is having financial trouble, Kate’s husband is running for governor of Virginia, and Amy is a stay-at-home mom. They are all having problems in their relationships, and they aren’t re
Annie McDonnell
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I cherished every minute of reading this book, and the story at the root of it, was totally shocking, so I will not give it away. Definitely put this on your “Must Read List”!
Three close friends are going through secret struggles that bring each of them facing one of life’s big questions? Just, How Lucky am I? It is as simple as that.
While Waverly has the steady live-in boyfriend that treats her perfectly, she is harboring secrets about her Bakery business because she is scared of the consequenc
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I bought HLYA, honestly, because Ms. Kusek-Lewis is a debut women's fiction author and I'm doing my best to find and support new authors.

I feel this book started off a little slowly, as some books do, getting some backstory in and setting the scene for plot complications down the road. The first 100 pages or so took me longer to get through for that reason. Nothing bad, I didn't dislike the characters or the premise, it just took me awhile to settle in and really INVEST in them.

1/3 to 1/2 way
Goodreads Description- In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving story of courageous women having different strengths.
A realistic storyline entwined between 3 friends from college years to family tears.Their friendship displays a unique bond where they are able to sense the turmoil in each others lives.
Only wish it had a better happier ending!
Katie Kenig
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chicklit
"My entire adult life, I've been struggling so hard, searching for this sort of higher, enlightened perfection. But really, after talking to Margaret and watching her and Davis together, I realize that all I need to do to make my parents proud - to make myself happy - is to stop second-guessing my blessings, stop thinking that the grass is always greener, and know how lucky I am to have my particular messed-up, mucked-up life."

We all have those moments in our lives when we look at a friend, or a
Romancing the Book
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

I still haven’t recovered from reading this book.

And I mean that in the nicest most complimentary way possible.

It’s one of those books that haunts you, enchants you, grips your heart, your soul, your mind, until finally when the pages stop clicking, you can do nothing save stare at the wall for a good ten minutes and wonder what the heck just happened.

This is a new author to me. I didn’t really
Laura Kay Bolin
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Waverly owns a sweet little bakery, but is secretly struggling to not lose everything. Here she is at 35 trying not to lose her business, her house and not able to share the information with anyone. She struggles with feeling like a failure—she and her long term boyfriend aren’t even married. Her best friends have it so together. Amy is just as sweet as they come and is married to a doctor, lives in the ‘white picket fence’ house on a cul-de-sac and has an adorable little girl, Emma. Kate is a k ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"How Lucky You Are" by Kristyn Kusek Lewis is the story of three women - Kate, Amy and Waverly, who are all in their mid-30s and each facing their own challenges in their relationships. However, for these women, from the outside looking in, each feels that the other two have the most perfect relationships.

The story is narrated by Waverly, who owns a local bakery in Maple Hill, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. Waverly has lived in Maple Hill her entire life, and grew up with Kate, whos
Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book did not impress me at all. The writing was mediocre, the characters were annoying, and the plot was boring.
Diane S ☔
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
A book about friendships, three friends from college and their different lives and problems. My favorite character was Waverly though she had a distorted view of relationships and what they mean, she still seemed to try to work it all out in her head and slowly comes to the realization that no relationships are perfect. Also about the masks people present to the public and how one never really knows what is going on behind closed door. I kept asking myself how I would act if my friends where hav ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was eager to read this novel but I mistakenly thought it would be an easy Chick-Lit no susbstance reading. I mean that as no insult as sometimes I just like to read chick-lit with no substance depending on how I feel at the time. However this book certainly has lots of substance. If shows how the bounds of friendship can sometimes be tested and in order to save your friends from themselves you have to be willing to step over the boundaries. It also shows that sometimes we think someone else ha ...more
Rachel Jaffe
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, library, fiction
Good heavens, this was tedious. It was a classic example of the problem of "telling instead of showing." The main character was whiny, her two best friends were cardboard cutouts of characters, and her boyfriend was pure wish fulfillment -- hunky hipster guy who is endlessly supportive and loving despite her selfish actions and dearth of any actions in his support. I kept reading because I was curious about how the main character's financial problems would resolve, and the resolution being sort ...more
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was okay - a very fast read. The point of the book was good but it got tedious about half way through. If she asked one more person how they were and they said "I'm fine" it would have been total creative writing. It was rather predictable, but again, the over all theme of valuing your friends and realizing the grass is not always greener is a good one. I wouldn't read it again, but it was worth reading.
Kara Bagranoff
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Warmly written story about the joy and perils of female friendships. Very easy read with a compelling storyline that you'll find hard to put down. Would highly recommend as a thought-provoking read for book clubs.
Jane Lump
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
A story of three friends and what they learn about themselves and each other. It had some interesting themes,
and a few twists, but for me, the characters remained pretty one-dimensional and the pace dragged during Waverly's tedious monologues.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
This is an amazing read about friendship. It is not your typical friendship story. I was very impressed with the pace of the story and the characters. Great read!
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Although parts of this novel were cliched or predictable, it was saved by the warm, engrossing writing syle. It was just what I was in the mood for: a friendly, charming story of friendship!
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Devorah Katz
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I save the 5-star rating for books I truly enjoy, from start to finish. I found this book utterly relatable... fortunately not in the actual challenges these three women faced in their lives, but in the dynamic of friendships. Women these days (perhaps men too, but I can only speak to womens' experiences) tend to want to show that they have it all together, and are not struggling. So when things are going poorly, and life hands us challenges -- because let's face, everyone has problems -- it tak ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ok, so I'd probably give this book 2.5 stars. For the first 150 pages, I would have given it a 1 star and I was so close to putting it down. I could not STAND the characters and their friendships. I know that the intention was to show a growth in the friendship, however I really just can't stand the...."your life is so much easier than mine" complaints and especially how dragged out the secret keeping lasted...ugh. Just not a fan of those tropes in books. Anyways, surprisingly, I kept at it and ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mom-lit
The cover of this book read like it was about a longtime friendship of 3 very different women. The reality was that it was a social commentary that I didn't sign up for. I don't mind social commentary if that's what I was planning to read. I have enjoyed several Jodi Picoult books that make you think about a social issue, but I did not like being blindsided by the issues Ms. Lewis raised in this book. I was expecting a nice read about friendship and that was not what I got from this wolf in shee ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, lib-digibn
I have abandoned this book on page 52 as I do not want to stay in the company if these three characters anymore. The writing seemed forced and the characters without depth. The secrets are not that well concealed as they were easily guessed (as I learned I had guessed correctly after reading other reader reviews after setting the book aside) even though I did not make it through 1/6 of the book.
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Kristyn Kusek Lewis is the bestselling author of Half of What You Hear, Save Me and How Lucky You Are. Kristyn’s latest novel, Perfect Happiness, will be published by HarperCollins on June 9, 2020.

In addition to her fiction work, Kristyn regularly writes the “Books” page for Real Simple magazine. She is a former magazine editor at publications including Glamour and Child, and is a well-establishe

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