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The Good Luck of Right Now

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  16,870 ratings  ·  2,530 reviews
Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. From The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived w
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Harper (first published February 2nd 2014)
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Michael Walker I thought the first half of the book was the strongest, most insightful and funniest. It doesn't finish anywhere nearly as strong but if you stick it …moreI thought the first half of the book was the strongest, most insightful and funniest. It doesn't finish anywhere nearly as strong but if you stick it out in the early pages, I think you'll find it a fun and interesting read. I do wonder why he abandoned the humor entirely in the last part of the book. That was the biggest downside for me.(less)
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Will Byrnes
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wondered if faith were not a form of pretending
You’re in Luck! Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook, has written an incredibly moving story, populated with his usual range of damaged, quirky, lovable characters, but containing a core of significant philosophical substance.

A man called “Q”

Bartholomew Neil is 38 years old. He keeps a journal of interesting things. He has never held a job. He has lived with his mother all his life, and the two have always shared a close bond.
Emily May
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, arc, 2013
I got this book as a birthday present from a very kind friend - thank you, Tatiana!

And hell, I don't really know where to start. There's something about Quick's characters that just gets to me. It's happened with every book of his that I've had the pleasure of reading - Sorta Like a Rock Star, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and now The Good Luck of Right Now - and I'm not sure how easy it will be to put it into words. His characters aren't ones you find often. They're unusual. Memorable. Quirky. Bu
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Good Luck of Right Now did one thing which I liked - introduced me to the Canadian Parliamentary Cats. It is quite a story - to keep Parliament Hill in Ottawa rodent-free, groundskeepers kept and cared for various stray cats which did the job all the way until the 1950's, when they were replaced by chemicals. Afterwards the staff did their best to keep up with the Canadian stereotype and did a totally awesome thing - established a sanctuary for the stray cats instead of kicking them out on t ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you told me you were reading a novel about a 38-year-old man-child who had been living with his mother in Philadelphia until her recent death from brain cancer ; and that this same man spends his days in the Free Library writing in his 'Interesting Things I Have Heard' notebook while trying to work up the courage to say hello to a young woman whom he calls the 'Girlbrarian', it wouldn't take me long to guess that you must be reading a novel by Matthew Quick. Matthew Quick, the author of The S ...more
Some books I feel I should have liked, even loved, but I don't.

I shouldn't have liked The Good Luck of Right Now as it's got way too much Catholicism for my liking, as many characters are devout practising Catholics. There's also a Catholic priest and two siblings who believe in aliens. Religion and aliens are definitely not on my favourites list.

The amazing thing is that I enjoyed this novel very much. Incredibly enough, it's not preachy! Also, there's a good dose of healthy questioning of god
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for endearing characters and Bartholomew is certainly a lovable, memorable addition to the oeuvre of memorable characters.
Bartholomew is 38 years old when his mother dies- he has never had to cope with anything on his own till now- How is he going to move forward?
His mother had always said to him".....Whenever something bad happens to us, something good happens-often to someone else. And that's the Good Luck of Right Now. We must believe it. We must. We must...."
How Bartholomew mov
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should have written Richard Gere more letters. Heck, I should have written him one letter. One long diatribe where I offered up all of my feelings and emotions, thoughts on the Chinese government and Tibet, and all the women who have entered my life and then exited en masse, telling my story in a series of letters over a period of months or maybe it was years (I forgot), but if my source of inspiration for writing said letters is rifling through my mom’s underwear drawer, I’m glad I completely ...more
Chris Craddock
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Asperger's Syndrome, meet Tourette's

A Catholic Priest, a guy with Asperger's Syndrome, a woman who was abducted by aliens, and her brother, a felinophile with Tourette's Syndrome, walk into a bar...

Either the start of a joke, or a synopsis of The Good Luck of Right Now, a new book by Matthew Quick. Quick is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook. 'Silver Linings' was made into an Oscar winning film. I don't know if this new book will translate so successfully into a film, but as a book, it wa
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheri by: Will Byrnes
Bartholomew has always lived with his mother, with who he has a close relationship. His father’s never been a part of his life that he knows of. Bartholomew is different from other 38 year old men, with no real clue how to organize or prepare for a life of one’s one. We used to have a slightly younger man in my old neighborhood somewhat like Bartholomew that would always smile and wave, perfectly friendly, but his lack of social skills made conversation with him somewhat awkward. Bartholomew’s b ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Note to start: I won this through First Reads. Thanks Harper. On with the review.

I feel like I might be a bit of a minority in my opinion of this book, particularly since Matthew Quick is such a "hot" author since Silver Linings went massive. But anyway, I have to say I'm not overly impressed, though this is the first book I've actually read by him. The Good Luck of Right Now isn't really a bad book, it's just not the sort of thing that really caught my attention all the way through even though
Iris P
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Listened to this audiobook on my commute to and back from work and it was truly delightful.
I found the dialogue and its characters (especially Bartholomew of course) witty, funny and inspiring.

There's also something to say about a writer that can find fun within religion and religion practices (in this case Catholicism and Buddhism) while still maintaining a sense of respect to it.

This book didn't changed my life but it made a few commuting hours pretty entertaining.
If you enjoy the author's ch
Betsy Robinson
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book of letters—a sweet, lightly written epistolary novel.

Thirty-eight-year-old orphan Bartholomew Neil, a “developmentally stunted” man (according to his grief counselor), writes letters to the Buddhist activist actor Richard Gere after he discovers a form letter from Gere in his dead mother’s underwear drawer. They are sly letters—absolutely sincere on Bartholomew’s ingenuous level, but socially sly from the all-knowing author and the reader’s point of view. For instance, Bartholome
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a band of misfits learn that they are a band of misfits--together! The only way to cure their assortment of emotional ailments is coming together and finding each other.

The mother-son relationship reminds me of Confederacy of Dunces: two codependent souls live under one roof. But what happens when one of them is missing? Not the comedy of a small rickety home with bigger than life characters, but the opposite: a tragedy (but all tragedies in modern day are comedies, right? Because of the ir
Jennifer Masterson
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book after I found out that it was written by the author of "The Silver Linings Playbook ". I loved it! 4 3/4 stars from me. It's extremely quirky, crazy and I absolutely adored the main character, Bartholomew. I enjoyed every page of this very fast reading book. I Highly recommended it. ...more
This is one of those cute, “feel good” stories when you just need some light reading.
I love epistolary novels generally, and this is quite a fun one in that the letters are all addressed to Richard Gere. Bartholomew Neil, 39, recently lost his mother to a brain tumor. As she descended into dementia, she started calling her son ‘Richard’ and, figuring she was mistaking him for their mutual favorite actor, he decided to run with it – making Gere a sort of alter ego, imaginary friend, and hallucinated Buddhist guru.

Bartholomew has never had a job apart from taking care of his mothe
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have a definite fondness for oddballs, misfits, underdogs and all similarly quirky characters. So it comes as no surprise that I usually enjoy books that revolve around or feature such characters. So The Good Luck of Right Now was right up my alley.

Bartholomew Neil life around revolved around taking care of his mother. Now almost 40, socially awkward and kind of lonely, Bartholomew has to face the reality of his existence without his mother in it. After his mother death, he makes a surprising
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"Do you enjoy Richard Gere movies?" I asked.

"Richard Gere?
Richard fucking Gere?" Max said. "Fuck Richard Gere! What the fuck, hey?"

No, this is not Andrew Dice Clay's standup comedy routine comeback. This is a snippet of dialogue between two extremely damaged dudes in Matthew Quick's formulaic (yet, inexplicably affecting) The Good Luck of Right Now. (Inexplicable, given it's not much more than a retooling of his earlier Silver Linings Playbook, a book I didn't much care for.)

I'm not su
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"You are my confidant, Richard Gere, and I'm not about to share my pretending with anyone, because pretending often ends when you allow non pretenders access to the better safer worlds you create for yourself."

Bartholomew Neil's mother dies of brain cancer. In thirty-eight years, Bartholomew has never lived alone, never held a job, never had a date with a woman or a beer with a buddy. He doesn't know how to survive in the world without his beloved mother. When he discovers a form letter fro
Helene Jeppesen
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my first book by Matthew Quick and I quite enjoyed how accessible it was. You are thrown into the story from the very first page and you get to know the characters through letters to Richard Gere. You cannot help but love the protagonist, Bart, who is 39 years old, has some mental problems and has been living with his mother for his entire life. In this book, his mother dies, and Bart has to learn how to live by himself.
This book is very silly at times, but it also contains some seriou
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my 2nd read from Matthew Quick, the first having been Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. I have to admit, both novels began slowly for me. I had no trouble putting either down, and once I did, I just wasn't sure when I'd pick it back up. But then, as with FMLP, this book grabbed me. Quick's characters are so quirky and real--in a damaged, completely human sort of way. And despite the bleak reality of revealing hopes and fears that maybe all of us have experienced at one time or another, his st ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ummmm - I'm really not sure what to think of this book. There's quirky - which worked in The Silver Linings Playbook. And there's troubled - which worked in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. So, yes. I'm a fan of Matthew Quick. But this one. Huh? Quirky + Troubled = Weird. Letters to Richard Gere, a bipolar priest, the rape of a house and the quest for Cat Parliament. Uh huh - shake your head in wonder. This is the storyline of The Good Luck of Right Now.

There were some redeeming qualities - of cours
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
3 1/2 stars.

Bartholomew is a strange, yet well-meaning guy who is trying to figure out what to do with his life after taking care of his cancer-stricken mother.

Along the way, he meets some other strange, but other well-meaning characters: Wendy, a counselor who could use some counseling, a recently defrocked priest, and a guy whose every other word is the F-word.

While this book was depressing at times, I did like the progress of the characters. I did think some of the characters were a bit over-
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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3.5 Stars

Bartholomew has spent his entire life with his mother. He has never had a job, never had any friends, never had any responsibilities. When Bartholomew’s mother dies, he finds himself with no idea how to cope. His grief counselor tells him he needs to come to terms with his mother’s death, which he attempts to do by writing letters to her favorite actor, Richard Gere.

What a strange little novel. Although it pales in comparison
Feb 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like YA, rejects
I'll sum this book up like this: A 38 year old mommy's boy (Bartholomew Neil) with some obvious, undisclosed mental defect spends all of his time writing letters to Richard Gere, seeing visions of Richard Gere and even hearing Richard Gere guide him as some sort of God-voice. When mommy dies, Bartholomew is lost in the world until he makes friends with 1) a bipolar priest, 2) a paranoid guy who says f**k in every single sentence, and 3) a pitiful girl with an alien obsession. I may have at least ...more
Another solid read from Matthew Quick. Do you remember the film "Pretty Woman" from the late 80s (or was it early 90s?). What happens after he climbs up the tower and rescues her? She rescues him right back. This is the theme of this book. Well played, Mr. Quick. Well played.

This one made me laugh out loud several times. It's a very fast read, and I really enjoyed it. A nice escape read for a Sunday afternoon. I'll definitely be reading his other stuff. I've already read (and loved) The Silver
Jenee Rager
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had never read anything by Matthew Quick before I won this book from goodreads. Honestly the cover picture alone had me intrigued and the blurb made it even better. Even those high expectations were blown away. I was literally so amused I had trouble putting the book down. The characters were quirky and damaged and that made them all the more loveable. The were several laugh out loud moments throughout the story, that covered the pain you knew the characters were experiencing. What an amazing ...more
There's nothing like a Matthew Quick novel to get you out of a reading slump. ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!!!!* I loved this book SO much. It's fun, sad, quirky, heartfelt, unique, and full of unforgettable characters--and lots of f-bombs! Totally and completely irresistible!
Everyone: read this book now. And thank me later.

*Disclaimer: librarian stalking is not cool. Don't do it! Even though this book (and my own personal love story) can make it seem kind of cute. We librarians know we're awesome and often quite attractive. But don't even think for a second you're getting away with "pretendi
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Was this well done? Yes. Did I like it? No. A well-told, big-hearted story of a misfit finding his place in the world after his mother dies. My personal trouble is that in real-life, when socially and mentally lacking people become obsessed with women who work at the library--it's incredibly creepy, not charming. Librarians' honor. This took my head out of the story and kept me skeptical of the reality of these 3 characters' capability to live independently in the world.

I will give it to Matthe
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Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film; THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW; LOVE MAY FAIL; THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE; and four young adult novels: SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR; BOY21; FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK; and EVERY EXQUISITE THING. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a PEN/Hemingway ...more

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