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With a Little Luck

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  132 reviews
If love is in the cards, then somebody stacked the deck.
Los Angeles radio DJ Beryl “Berry” Lambert, whose name means luck, doesn’t much believe in it—although, thanks to her dear old gambling dad, she’s a bit superstitious, certain that everything happens for a reason. She keeps a four-leaf clover in her wallet, never takes off her horseshoe necklace, and won’t tempt fate
Paperback, 303 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Bantam
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Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

This is the first Caprice Crane novel that I’ve read so I didn’t know what to expect; however, I follow her on twitter and she’s constantly cracking me up. I was hoping for the same humor in novel form but it didn’t hit the mark for me. For the first third of the book there was no apparent plot and I had no clue what the point of the book even was. At times I had to stop, shake myself, and continue reading when the words had turned into Charlie Brown's teacher.

The heroin
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Caprice Crane is a writer I’ve wanted to read for ages. Her books sound totally amazing, with plots no other writer has ever written about, and her books have appealed to me for ages. I finally(!) got to read Forget About It earlier this year and although it wasn’t perfect, it was still a great read. So after reading it I quickly pre-ordered Caprice’s new book With A Little Luck. Because it sounded awesome and because Caprice is a genuinely funny writer (and, yes, I feel qualified to say that ev ...more
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was predictable and quite honestly, boring. I haven't read any of the author's other books and considering how long it took me to struggle through this one, I don't think I will ever pick up another one.

The back has a review that says "....Laugh-out-loud, snort-inducing hilarious." I don't think I even chuckled once. The main character is just sad and really lacks likability.
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
i loved this book from the start. seriously, i always say that, but really truly loved it. when i came to it in my pile, i was a little eh about reading it because caprice crane is an author i have never read before. sometimes that causes me a little hesitation, since i'm unsure if it's going to be horrible.. another amazon recommendation. but wow, i was completely blown away. i was so into this book that when we were watching a movie this morning, my boyfriend got up to use the little boy's roo ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Laura by: Goodreads newsletter
Shelves: 2011
I can't really appreciate the love and angst travails of an aggravating heroine. Also, the first third of the book was basically a monologue, stand-up comedy style, about how superstitious and neurotic the narrator is. At first it was clever, but by page twenty, it became redundant and gratuitous. It was like the author got so caught up in her cleverness that she forgot about her audience who was very ready to move on. I recommend for adults because of worldly lifestyles and language. ...more
Beverly J.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thank you Goodreads for an advance copy! This is a very fun read, and I identified with so many of the character Berry Lambert's foibles. Her life is a roller coaster ride of superstition, bad boyfriends and a needy dad. A LOL read that will keep you turning the pages to find out what's going to happen next! ...more
Victoria Zieger
Cute and funny at some points. Other points were a little bit annoying and cringe worthy. It’s a fun read about a girl who is obsessed with luck. There were just some parts that were a little much for me and it ended a bit abruptly.
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved Stupid and Contagious and Forget About It but this was just meh. The characters weren't terribly likable and the dialogue was bland. It took 100+ pages to actually get to the point and then the end felt contrived and rushed. A disappointing read. ...more
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Schlegel
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
good book. easy read. would read again
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This one started off slow but once I got started it turned out to be a fairly quick read. It was actually quite a good book.
Jill Hardy
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thought about not finishing the book in the beginning. Too much explaining and long paragraphs about why things are....The dialogue was my favorite parts. I did end up like the book some.
Julie Akeman
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quirky, funny, seriously why is this not done as a movie yet? This is a girl with a serious problem with superstition, and I learned more about superstition than I really cared to but I laughed a lot in this book. I love the repartee between her and her love interest. This would make a great date movie if they don't mess it up. I get tired of seeing films take a book and bastardize it...Eragon was a dissapointment. Anyway, this was a very funny book and fun to read. ...more
Terri Lindsay
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to muddle through, but finally gave up after several chapters.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not love this book. Berry, the self-absorbed radio DJ, was not a character that I could empathize with at all. She is supposed to be a grown woman but all of her relationships seem to be stuck in middle school. Playing games, lack of communication, lying, and even the language she uses comes across as a teenager trying out on-trend words and phrases. Berry, as well as her friends, just came across as flat to me. And, there was a character who was brought into the story (at the book store) ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute premise but ultimately a little flat.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing

After reading and loving The First Husband so much, I really wanted another chick-lit novel, and as this is the only one I had around, I picked it up, though I didn’t expect it to live up to the one I’d just finished. Also, I’d read one of Caprice Crane’s books before and remember liking it, but it wasn’t something that I loved to death. Well, this book, I loved to death.

Beryl Lambert, Berry for short, is a DJ at KKCR playing classic rock from seven to midnight during the week. Her parents divor
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
In ‘With A Little Luck’, radio Dj Berry is extremely superstitious to the point where she lets her irrational beliefs influence her decisions and ultimately every aspect of her life. When she falls for fellow DJ Ryan though, will their possible relationship be affected by her beliefs or will she finally take a chance on him despite the fact that he’s guy number three – which symbolizes bad news?

This book turned out to be an incredibly pleasant surprise for me. Initially it was slow-paced and see
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a great, very funny, summer read!

Berry Lambert is a DJ in Los Angeles who is very superstitious and that's an understatement!

I never knew there where so many things to be superstitious of but apparently there are! Example: Have you ever heard of the split seven? Apparently, it's worse than a triple four or a reverse nine descending but not as bad as a quadruple duple (four twos) or a runzie- five zeros in a row in the middle of a number (no I'm not kidding!). Berry gets this notorious s
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
3½ stars - Berry Lambert is a DJ at a classic rock station on the 7 to midnight shift. She’s just had really bad luck with two guys she met, and she’s sure that the next guy will be Mr. Write Off, not Mr. Right. Why does she think that? Because bad things happen in threes. You see, thanks to her gambling addicted father, who thinks she’s his good luck charm and his personal ATM, Berry’s also ridiculously superstitious. To the point that I’m pretty sure it would qualify as OCD. To the point that ...more
KB Wayne
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
My library, probably all of them, really, shows "suggested readings" at the bottom of a book's page. I'd been looking up ... can't remember, and this was one of the "suggested." I liked its description so wrote myself a note to pick it up next time I was at the library. I'd forgotten everything about the book (if I'd known much to begin with) so read it with a truly unjaundiced eye.

And I liked it.

I liked that the main character, Berry (a Los Angeles classic rock DJ), is slightly snarky but has d
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review
First off, I think the back copy gets Berry all wrong. The copy says she doesn’t believe in luck, which may be technically true, but she puts a lot more than a “bit” of stock in any and every superstition that’s out there. From an aversion to even numbers, to getting caught by too many yellow lights being a harbinger of a bad day, Berry has got a superstition for everything in the world. This neurosis stems from the fact that her father is a gamble-holic and thinks she’s his lucky charm. Despite ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: random-fiction
This was a cute story, and I was intrigued by the voice. It did take me a while to get into it though, because it was such a monologue, and there were also a few other things that bothered me. First, the fact that her visit to her brother was a wake-up call is all well and good, but I don't get how making a guess on a hudge fund purchase made her wake up and smell the coffee and stop being so "quirky." Also, spolier alert, saying "I love whats between us" is not the same as saying "I love you," ...more
Danella Shea
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a huge Caprice Crane fan. All too often I find myself reading her books and genuinely laughing out loud. With a Little Luck definitely didn't disappoint in that department. Things I enjoyed most include: The main character is completely neurotic about her superstitions that she seems to have developed her own unique brand of OCD, but she wasn't annoying about it. Her best friend was also one of the best secondary characters I've read in a long time. She had spunk and personality and her own ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
By page 30 I found myself unable to decide whether this was a particularly badly-written blog, a very long Twitter tweet or the transcript of a conversation overhead on a bus about the time school was let out for the day. Suitable only for the under 30s or the semi-literate.

If this kind of writing really takes hold, language as a means of communication will become a thing of the past. As Caprice Crane might say "Just saying".
Jen O'Neill
I really liked the first book I read by this author, but this one- not so much. There was a lot of rambling and the main character was slightly annoying
Laura Kay Bolin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Berry Lambert is a late night DJ who is as superstitious as they come. She has rules upon rules of does and do nots when it comes to her life. And anyone who is superstitious knows bad things happen in threes, so when guy one and two are disastrous she is ready for guy number three to be a failure. Against her better judgment she falls for guy number three anyway. When out of the blue she meets a guy who seems absolutely ‘right’ for her, heck he even sports a tattoo of a four leaf clover! Berry ...more
Moon Love
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Caprice Crane does it again! I really enjoyed this book! We all have our idiosyncrasies and it was nice to read about Beryl whose life was ruled by them. We rarely read about heros or heroines whose lives aren't picture perfect. One or the other is always "perfect" which we all know doesn't exist. She was so adamant about bad things coming in threes that when fellow radio host Ryan Riley comes onto the picture, she's looking for the anvil that's about to drop, instead of enjoying what she has. S ...more
Rori Rockman
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Caprice Crane is one of my favorite authors, so I have to say I was disappointed with her latest offering. She's great at presenting believable characters who clearly have faults but are still fun and easy to relate to. This book fell short. The main character was so quirky that you feel like you're being hit over the head with all her different good luck charms and rituals, and it gets tiresome.

Crane writes romantic comedies, and her humor tends to be fun and clever, but in this one, it felt li
Nov 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Berry is a radio DJ who believes in every superstition in the book. She wears a horseshoe necklace, avoids cracks in the sidewalk, only buys things in threes and the list goes on and on. She inherited this mania from her father - a compulsive gambler who calls at all hours of the day and night to borrow money from his 'lucky charm'. [return][return]After two promising relationships turn out very poorly she meets Ryan, a fellow DJ. Their relationship originates over the radio and their chemistry ...more
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