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Good Luck with That

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,870 ratings  ·  1,872 reviews
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 he
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Berkley Books
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May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, my-favorites, 2018

In my opinion, this was an emotional but phenomenal read!!

Georgia, Marley, and Emerson met at Camp Copperbrook, a weight-loss camp when they were in their teens. Now they are almost 35 years old. Georgia and Marley have been contacted by Emerson who asks to see them. Emerson knows she’s dying and wants to see her best friends one last time.

When they see her they are both shocked at how ill she is and how heavy she has become. They feel guilty that they hadn’t kept in better contact. They won
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kristan Higgins continues to impress with a story that speaks true to life—one that begs the question, why are we as women so hard on ourselves?

With her three latest releases, Kristan Higgins has taken a few steps outside of her typical box and transitioned from what I would consider rom-com storylines to those with somewhat heavier subject matter. Ever-present is her humor and the excitement of a budding romance, just with an even deeper and resounding message. Good Luck with That continues the
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
4.5 stars

Good Luck with That takes a sensitive and compassionate approach to the very uncomfortable topics of body image and eating disorders. This emotional and compelling read focuses on friendship, family, and love. Most importantly, it’s about self-worth and self-acceptance.

Georgia, Emerson, and Marley met when they were teenagers at a weight loss camp. Years later they reunite, but it is not a happy reunion as Emerson is on her deathbed due to obesity-related issues. She urges Georgia
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for this sensitive, compassionate and emotional read on body image, eating disorders, self-worth and ultimately self-love and acceptance.

"Life was kind and full of chances. Sometimes we didn't take them. Sometimes we hid our truth and acted out of fear. Sometimes we turned away and closed the door."

For me, Kristan Higgin's Good Luck with That was an emotional read. Georgia, Marley & Emerson met at Camp Cooperbrook in their teens. This wasn't your typical summer camp - it was a wei
Ana Mardoll
Jan 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Good Luck With That / B077CNXY2B

[Trigger Warning: Fat Hatred, Eating Disorders]

I want to say upfront I did not finish (DNF) this book. There are 39 chapters and a prologue, so 40 chapters total. I read the first 7 chapters, 2 chapters in the middle, and the last 4 chapters--13 chapters total I read, or almost a third of the book. I also heavily skimmed the parts I didn't read. I was looking, as close as I could, for something that would make this book stop being hurtful. In the beginning, in the
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
First of all. I saw the controversary surrounding this book and that's like a siren call for me.

See I'm a bit a chunky girl and I saw all the outrage about fat shaming..etc. So I thought what the heck. I am gonna read it.

Oh and before we start. I review like I speak and not everyone is gonna like that so if I veer out of whatever is politically correct at this moment..sorry...not.

The book is about three women who meet as teenagers at a fancy fat camp. They all become friends and promise to s
Susanne  Strong
5 Tear-jerking Stars**

Updated 7/21/20* A buddy read with Kaceey that brought me to tears. I loved sharing one of my favorite books with you Kaceey and hope you enjoyed it. This book speaks to me in more ways than one. This was the second time I read it and yes, I cried again.. and again. I love these characters to pieces..
What I said in the end of this review still holds true today. We all experience things in life that make us feel embarrassed or unhappy with ourselves and our body image. Thi
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I want to thank all the reviewers who left nasty tweets and one star reviews of this book on Goodreads before it was published and before the ARC was available. The controversy you stirred up played a factor in me responding with an enthusiastic yes when I was contacted by the publisher to ask if I wanted a copy. I’m so glad I did! I truly hope the author sells tons of copies as a result.

It was much ado about nothing in my opinion. I respect differences of opinions but to leave a o
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another happy pub day for this amazing book! Kristan Higgins you're amazing! <3.

This book could not have come at a better time in my life!

I knew the moment I read the dedication for this book that this was going to be one of my stellar reads "This one is for all of us who've cried when looking in the mirror. Here's to never doing that again."

I think most women can relate to feeling insecure with their body image at one point or another... and sadly on a daily basis some women feel this every d
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's been a lot of discussion about this book online, so I moved the ARC to the top of my pile to read it -- largely because I'm a bigger woman, and I wanted to have a say about a book so clearly relevant to my life. I've seen the twitter threads about the book being fat-shaming and fat-phobic, and I'll be honest, I was prepared to hate it. I didn't.

Important to note: Yes. The inciting incident for the whole story is the death of a fat woman. Yes, she's very fat. Yes, she has any number of h
Theresa Alan
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a many-tissues, cry-all-my-eye-makeup-off novel.

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met at a weight-loss camp when they were 18-years-old. When Emerson dies years later, she leaves a letter for her two best friends to live the lives they aspired to back when they were 18.

With many misses but a few hits, Georgia and Marley do their best to cross off the items on the list they made when they were teenagers.

Slowly, the reasons for the three friends’ unhealthy relationship with food is revealed.
Holly  B
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A highly sensitive theme dealing with weight issues and struggles.

An emotional journey of three friends ( Emerson, Georgia, and Marley) who have struggled with their weight and how it has affected their self-esteem. The friends have had to deal with many detestable attitudes about how society views people who are over weight. It truly made me sad to read about the hostility that some people directed towards the women merely because of their size. I was invested in their story from the first
This is the story of three friends: Emerson Duval, Georgia Sloane and Marley DeFelice. They met at a weight loss camp when they were 17-years old and forged a bond that continued into adulthood. Each woman deals with their body in different ways, all seemingly tied to issues stemming from some form of childhood trauma or body shaming by those who should have loved and nurtured them.

The stories were fascinating as each of the women presented separate insights into the issues surrounding being ov
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“We live in a skinny world.”

“Really? Because I live in America, and we are NOT a skinny nation, hon.”

I know this was an ARC and I’m not supposed to quote it, but put two tears in a bucket and motherfuckit because that up there is G.O.L.D.

I have to admit that the ONLY reason I wanted to read this was due to the controversy. Please note I didn’t bother looking at the actual “oh this is so offensive and fat shamey” rant until AFTER I
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
5 serious yet loving stars

I have so much book love for this story. There are some books that strike just the right chord, have that fling with your emotions, let's you see a world that you never imagined, that just can't be put down, because they are that good and Good Luck with That was one of those books for me.

Connections that one makes in life are so important. The way we look at ourselves, our self love and acceptance can flow from family, friends, acquaintances, but mainly it needs to flo
As this story begins, these three girls, Marley, Georgia and Emerson, whose friendship was formed at Camp Copperbrook – a camp where girls from the ages of eleven to eighteen went for weight loss – are about to “age out” of this camp. This is their last day at camp, but not the last of their friendship.

”That’s the problem with perfect moments. They end.
Though no one would say it, all three girls knew things would never be quite the same again.”

Soon they will be busy with
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
It does talk about some deep issues such as weight, emotionally abuse and more but I thought Kristina Higgins handled them well.
Now as an overweight woman myself this is a very conservational and sensitive topic. I love who I am and my personality but I don’t love my body. In fact, I hate to read about women who went to fat camp and also struggle with their bodies was tough.
Throughout reading this book I had a lot of the same thoughts these women have and I did enjoy their journey.
So t
Katie B
Within the first 20 pages I knew I was already emotionally invested in the story. Georgia, Emerson, and Marley met at a weight loss camp as teenagers and sixteen years later Emerson has passed away but left the women with a final request. She wanted them to complete the tasks they had written on their list of fears from the summer they spent at camp. This is a story of learning to accept and love yourself.

While the premise of a dying friend asking their loved ones to go out and live their lives
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**ARC kindly provided by Netgalley**

Well, I don’t even know how to review this one. I will say that it was a very sad and painful book to read. The story follows the lives of three girls that met at summer camp as teens, where they developed a life-long friendship that would prove to follow them for the rest of their lives. They shared a kinship of circumstance that bound them together without judgement. Kindred spirits facing their fears together. Up to a point. Then they grew up, and the pligh
Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends since they were teens. They met at Camp Copperbrook, a weight-loss camp. They've stayed close ever since, so when Emerson passes away, Georgia and Marley are distraught. Emerson asks her friends to complete a list they made at camp, forcing both Georgia and Marley to confront some long-held fears. Marley still feels guilty since her twin sister, Frankie, died when they were four. And Georgia, has been scarred by the exacting conditions--especia ...more
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group who provided an advance reader copy via Edelweiss.

People who have struggled with weight will surely connect with this story. Three teenage girls befriend each other at a summer camp for overweight kids. Together, they create a bucket list of things they hope to one day achieve. The items on this list were things that only thin girls could comfortably accomplish, such as getting a piggy back ride from a cute guy, eating dessert in public, and tucking in your
As both a behavioral/mental health clinician and a woman who has struggled with her body image, I see this book from two points of view. As a clinician, I do believe there are significant triggers that may be difficult for some readers. This is common with sensitive subjects. Just like with suggested trigger warnings for topics of sexual abuse, domestic violence, etc., themes related to disordered eating and destructive body image issues warrant them as well. But as a woman who has personally st ...more
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Three girls, Emerson, Georgia, and Marley, meet and develop a lifelong friendship while attending a weight loss camp in their teens. Now in their thirties, Emerson passes away due to complications from obesity and leaves behind a “to do” list for her friends. Many ideas for the list were created years ago at camp and they contain inspirational goals to accomplish after they become skinny.

Neither Georgia or Marley have ever been thin but they want to honor their friend’s memory. Georgia lives wi
Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch

In an effort to keep this spoiler free I'll keep this short (ish) forgive my lack of quotes I had so many saved and accidentally deleted them from my phone *CRIES ALL THE TEARS* and we're talking tattoo-worthy, life-changing quotes and they're ALL gone😭! But the good part is, that I know this book will speak to you, 'Good Luck With That' has definitely made my #RequiredReading list. I was swept up in an emotional landslide, freeing a new piece
Gail Chianese
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-wf-lit
As someone who has battled their weight for as long as they can remember, this book hit very close to home. I think I experienced every emotion possible while reading it. I laughed; it’s Kristan Higgins, after all. I cried – happy and sad tears, and then happy again. But it was more than just an “enjoyable read”. At times it was uncomfortable because it was truthful.

Have I ever hated the way I look? Everyday. Have I ever hated myself for not being strong enough? Too many times. Have I been the
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
Feb 02, 2018 marked it as not-gonna-happen-because-reasons


Updated 8/8/18: Here's another excellent review showing why this book is a flaming pile of garbage:

Fatphobic as all hell. See below for excerpt from reviewer who did a live tweet while reading an arc. I followed along during the reading (it was posted under the hashtag #ANAGLWT). I made it about half way through the book before I had to stop because I was completely sick to my stomach.

A few chapters in and I was disgusted with the author, the publ
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I swear every woman on the planet should read this book you guys. I don’t know of a single woman who hasn’t struggled with her weight or dealt with body image issues or struggled with low self esteem. Higgins captures all of the feelings and emotions that coexist alongside these complicated feelings women have about themselves perfectly and she does it with humor and grace as well.

This is told from all three friends perspectives, Marley and Georgia in present day and then Emerson in a series of
Jamie Beck
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got so invested in Marley’s and Georgia’s lives (and Emerson’s history) that I finished this book in two days despite being on a business trip. Although these characters all struggled with self-esteem issues related to being overweight, the message of the story translates to any kind of confidence problem that stems from personal appearance (like, for example, my hereditary hair loss).

What’s the message? Happiness in life comes through self-acceptance and courage (to be honest and open and lo
Sarah Joint
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, funny, thoughtful, and emotional book. It deals with a very sensitive topic for a lot of people: our weight. There's no doubt in my mind that some people will think this book isn't sensitive enough, and may not find it a pleasant read. Having never personally struggled with trying to lose weight, it gave me some new perspectives. I know that some people won't find this book accurate for their personal story, but I appreciated looking at things from a different perspective and th ...more
Dec 11, 2017 marked it as never-reading
Shelves: fatphobic
As a fat person, I refuse to even think about this book. I have no clue why the author would even think it was okay to write such a travesty. Shame on the publisher for approving this awful, harmful book.

Fat people are more than their weight. Fat people have lives outside of food and exercising. Fat people are human beings who deserve love and respect.

I guarantee you this book will offer none of that.

Thin people: please stop writing fat characters. You'll only fuck it up. Just like Kristan Hig
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Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and ...more

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