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The Good Luck Girl

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,411 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Maeve Connolly is tired of being labelled as irresponsible. Yes, she may spend unhealthy amounts of time on Facebook and watch marathon sessions of America's Next Top Model, but Maeve isn't a typical post-college slacker. Determined to change her life and make her own luck, Maeve impulsively decides on a grand adventure - driving cross country to LA. But en route, Maeve's ...more
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Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick-lit fans; people who like quirky characters
Shelves: books-i-own
“Go and wake up your luck” - Persian Proverb

This was not a very good luck charm after all which is really a shame because Maeve’s sassy personality, a cockatiel pet bird, a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner car named Elsie on a road trip of self-discovery is just begging it for a chance to happen. By the time I turned over the first 65 pages, though, I ran out of luck.

As soon as she hit the Unknown, Arizona mark on her map, the story became too chick-litty for me. The whole point of the road trip was t
Apr 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
The truth is, the enjoyment of a book is only relevant, for the most part, in that moment. There are many books I read that I become so disappointed in and give up on, that I'll later return to in desperation of something to read. This revisit finds the book compelling, able to hold my interest. Likewise, a great book on the first reading can become trite and annoying upon revisiting it, making me wonder about my taste level. It's all relative, in what we are currently experiencing and what piqu ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at page 98. This was too quirky for me. Honestly, the best part of the story was the main character's pet cockatiel. I almost read on to see what happened with the bird, but I couldn't put myself through it. I guess I judged this book by its cover, and let me tell you, the cover is much nicer than what you'll find inside. I plan to donate my copy and maybe someone else will appreciate its quirk? ...more
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maeve Connolly is very flighty. She seems to find it very difficult to stay in any place for too long a time. Maeve is also impulsive and seemingly has a lot of bad luck, and on an impulse she decides to drive across America from North Carolina to LA to see her friend Laura. Maeve sets off on her journey along with her bird Oliver and soon finds herself visiting some relatively obscure (and fantastically named) towns across America. However, Maeve’s bad luck doesn’t seem to have left her and she ...more
Jasmine Holloman
I QUIT. This book does just not do it for me. I appreciate the message of going on a trip to find yourself and the irony in finding it in "unknown" but the story line was completely unrealistic and naive to me. Unfortunately I have another book that I DNF. Good news is that I only paid a dollar for the book so I did not lose much. ...more
Christina Hoffman
Loved, loved, loved. I would read it over and over again.
Couldn't make myself finish this book, the main character was so annoying, so irresponsible, and the whole story line was lame! ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I first read The Good Luck Girl at least eight years ago: it was one of the four stories in a prized volume of Readers' Digest Select Editions I was handed down as a child, and I read it over and over again. For one, Readers' Digest didn't supply it with a stereotypically chick-lit-esque cover a-la-paperback edition. For another, My thirteen-year-old self was very taken by its quirk, its novel writing style, and even its central romance. It was one of my favourite books.

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Paula Bothwell
Leaving Unknown - PG13/R
Trigger: death, cancer
Violence: none
Language: fewer than 80, including deity. Fewer than 10 Fbombs.
Sex: intimated as they wake together, descriptive kissing
I LOVED this book!! I rarely buy paper books, but I'm going to buy this so I can redact some of the language and share it with my friends. This is a fresh, clever, loving yourself, loving others, and falling in love story. This writer is TALENTED. My best friend died of cancer. This was awesome for me.
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ha-ha-chicklit
Initially, Maeve irked me. Her lack of responsibility and flakiness rode my every last nerve. In fact, I had shelved the book after 40 pages. Then one night, that was the only book within reaching distance that I hadn't finished, so I picked it up again. After around page 90, Maeve is still a flake, but she is much more endearing. Read a little further, and things start to fall into place. She is one of the most dynamic protagonists in chick lit, hanging out in one of the quirkiest, yet sweetest ...more
Just - The romance reader
Thoroughly enjoyable! At times highly emotional. Leaving Unknown is overall, a very good story, with quirky, entertaining characters. The plot is unique, and well thoughtout.

I found myself laughing as I read, and at other times crying. Maeve takes us on a journey to self-discovery that I found to be pretty inspiring. Maeve is far from the typical twenty-something single girl. She's faced some major struggles in her life. But what I found interesting was that Reich creates Maeve's character as n
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Maeve, an flaky and impulsive young woman who decides to take a trip across the USA, stopping off at places with the most bizarre names. Her only redeeming feature appears to be the affection she has for Oliver, her white cockatiel.

When her car breaks down in a small town called Unknown, Maeve is forced to stay for some weeks. She makes friends, and discovers that she can't keep running away from some painful episodes in her past.

It could have been a big cliche, but someho
Georgiann Hennelly
Leaving unknown is a funny ,poignant novel about finding yourself. Maeve Connelly's epic road trip is taking her through every colorfully named tiny town in America. On her way to meet her friend Laura who she hasn't seen since she was eleven years old. But they recently reconnected on Facebook. Laura invited her to visit her in L.A. So since Maeve just graduated college' lost her bar tending job ' and her parents basically said time to grow up and decide what to do with your life. She sold all ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Got to page 75.

Irresponsible, reckless and dependent college student with useless degree who doesn't know what to do with her life, can't get up on time to get a job to pay the bills because parents will pay them, decides to leave her mess to go cross country in a POS car that hasn't been serviced or checked out in advance to stay with a childhood friend who vaguely gives invitation (which you know is just idle blather) with bird in tow. Girl camps out and never once complains about lack o
Apr 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this a four because after I got into it, I couldn't put it down. It took me till about bage 70 to really get to the point where I loved Maeve and gave a crap about what happened to her. There's a surprise twist reason for Maeve's airheadedness that you don't find out till the middle. Surprises that answer questions are always enjoyable when they don't seem contrived and this one didn't. Reich's characters were a bit predictable but still very appealing and realistic. The story was a good, ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a surprising delightful read. The character, Maeve, is complex, at first her inability to make decisions annoyed me, but she grew on me like a friend you get to know better. Her adventures cross country made me want to get into my car and drive, just to get there. The characters were nicely developed and entwined into Maeve's story. The attention to detail in this book added to my reading pleasure, you could tell a lot of research went into this book. This is one that will stay with me ...more
A beach read that I liked in spite of myself. Over the top quirky characters, with unremitting, clever, folksy, pun-filled, and completely unrealistic dialogue. One certainly can't take the characters, or rather caricatures, seriously (although there is a serious element to the story.) The ending was completely predictable, but even so, I couldn't help but enjoy the story. ...more
Katharine Holden
Shallow, self-conscious writing. Predictable. Main character and eventual love interest are unbelievably vapid characters, even with the silliest cancer survivor back story ever woven in. Two stars for several memorable supporting characters and the parrot.
This novel is the story of Maeve, a woman on a road trip, with a secret, who breaks down in a tiny town. I wanted to like it, but there were too many characters and too many unnecessary side plots. I got about 100 pages from the end and gave up.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm in the minority of people who have given this book a "meh" rating and actually finished reading the whole thing.

I felt that the twist came out of left field and was an effort to make Maeve more sympathetic...which to me was a cheap ploy.
Dixie Bowman
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally!!! A great summer beach read!

I've now read this book 5 times. This is weird. What I said before still stands.
I wasn't feeling really good for a big part of the year. In December I finally caved to open this book again because Maeve is the closest I have to a doppelgänger in the literally world. Not that I'm tall and gorgeous and able to run a marathon but I do run, love colourful socks and braided hairstyles. I didn't battle cancer but saw the handiwork of cancer up close.

This is my comfort book when I feel lost
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I really like a book, and I don't know exactly why. This is one of those books. At first the main character, Maeve was getting on my nerves. She seemed really irresponsible and almost to be taking advantage of her parents who seem to have supported her through the many (more than it should have) years it took her to get through college. Then Maeve takes off with her cockatiel traveling from home in North Carolina to visit an old friend in LA in her ancient car, passing through many sma ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars.

For the first part of Leaving Unknown, I thought that I definitely enjoyed The Best Day of Someone Else’s Life better. This book just seemed a bit lighter-weight to me, it might be because there was a larger cast of characters involved in the companion novel, this isn’t really a sequel, even though it occurs after the events of the previous book, and that some of their lives and events were intertwined making it a more involved story, I even thought maybe it had more to do with the ma
Laura K
I generally like books with quirky characters (Fanny Flagg, Louise Penny, Anne Tyler, for example). This certainly had those! It was a nice story about a young woman growing up.

However, I understand why some of the other reviewers found it a bit irritating. I thought the focus on the kneesocks and pulling her braids was very irritating, and wondered at that point if the book was meant to be a YA book (or younger). Those two things would have been great in a kid's picture book, but almost made m
Anne Wolfe
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up of the shelf because the cover appealed. It was nothing to how much I enjoyed reading this book. You could call it chick-lit if you like, but if so it was clever, funny, moving, interesting and could-not-put down readable.

Floundering in a dead-end bartending job, 26 year old Maeve Connelly with a vintage car and almost no money leaves for Los Angeles to stay with a friend and start a new life. Along the way, she visits small towns with funny names. When her 1970 Plymouth breaks
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming, funny, poignant, and I was sorry to see it end. Maeve Connelly admits she may be a little scatterbrained but also thinks she's a magnet for bad luck. I mean, what else is a woman supposed to think when her car breaks down, her phone dies, her boss fires her and her parents cut her off--all on the same day? Maeve decides to leave Charlotte, NC, and head out to LA to stay with her childhood best friend. She loves maps and small towns with quirky names, and Elsie, her 1970 Plymouth Road R ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cancer, humor, romance
What started out as an Evanovich-style story of a young woman determined to change her life and head west to start over in California wound up a disappointment. I loved the first half, while she is in the tiny town of Unknown, AZ. Her car broke down so she takes a temp job at a bookstore, meets several quirky people, is involved in a dramatic rescue, has two guys falling for her, suffers foul-mouthed cockatiels, and becomes (most) everyone’s friend. But she has a history: she had leukemia when i ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
In the beginning it was quiet difficult to connect with this book and I had to take a break after every page but as the story started to unfold and maeve continued her journey and reached unknown it was the most attractive part which I enjoyed but also bit boring in between due to many unwanted details and knick nacks which were really unnecessary and not connected at all but overall a good story to keep you engaged for a while. The description of the landscape is beautiful and makes you visuali ...more
Amber Henry
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would be Maeve's friend in a heart beat. She was just what I needed in this time of my life. Someone to remind me that getting where you want to be isn't always where you need to be.
ps - I kept expecting a formula from this book and didn't get it... which made me very happy. You know what I mean, jelly bean?
pps- I don't know if it was my then current mood or the agility of Ms. Reich's writing, but this is the only book that I laughed out loud, sides split, tears streaming down my face, trying
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Kerry Reichs graduated from Oberlin College and Duke University School of Law and Institute of Public Policy. She practiced law in Washington, D.C. for several years until she took a sabbatical and discovered that sabbaticals agree with her. She now writes full time, splitting her time between Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and is still trying to convince her two cats that driving across countr ...more

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