ARC Review: Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins

Posted August 6, 2018 by Annie in Reviews / 8 Comments

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ARC Review: Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins
Good Luck with That
by Kristan Higgins

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 7, 2018
Published by Berkley Books
Pages: 480
Format: eARC
 

“This is, I realize, the unique thing about Higgins’ writing; she can make you laugh and cry in the same book.”
~ Under the Covers

I picked up this book because I was in desperate need of a Women’s Fiction book that was actually a Women’s Fiction book. Oftentimes, Romance authors who try to write Women’s Fiction just end up writing another Contemporary Romance and try to pass it as something different. However, I was thrilled when I started this book and discovered that it truly is written as a Women’s Fiction novel.

Now, I didn’t realize this when I read this book, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding this release. A lot of other early reviewers were bashing this book and author because they claim the book has fat-shaming and fatphobia in it. They view it as disgusting and offensive and although I can admit that there is fat-shaming in it, it’s usually done by other characters towards the heroines of this novel to evoke sympathy and emotion.

This book surrounds around three girls who are overweight and are undergoing some serious health and self-esteem issues. For me, it was this topic that made this book more of a Women’s Fiction novel rather than a traditional Romance. We see how these girls go through everyday life struggling with their weight and the negative stereotypes that come with it.

If I’m being totally honest here, this book was hard to read and it wasn’t because the writing was bad or anything like that. It’s because of all the emotions in it. By the end of chapter two, I was bawling already. But the story also contains a lot of charm and humor as well. This is, I realize, the unique thing about Higgins’ writing; she can make you laugh and cry in the same book.

This must’ve been a really hard book to write because of its sensitive subject matter. Some people will definitely find it offensive, but this is a topic that doesn’t often get any attention because most authors would be afraid to tackle it. So in a way, I commend the author for even having the guts to write it. Because despite all the bad things that happen to the heroines simply because of how they look, this is, at the end, a story of self-acceptance. Everyone fights their own battles and in order to show a character’s development and growth, both the good AND the bad need to be showcased to create a full story. The emotional journey of finding happiness and self-worth is what makes this story uplifting instead of shameful.

So, those are my two cents on this topic. I enjoyed the book and the rollercoaster emotions. But if you think you might find this to be a sensitive topic for you, I would skip it.

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About Kristan Higgins

I live in a small Connecticut town with a beautiful library, a great agricultural fair, nice people and not much else. I have two lovely, entertaining children and a brave firefighter for a husband, who is, perhaps more importantly, a fantastic cook. Digger from Fools Rush In is inspired my very own Digger, our cheerful Lab mutt. We also have two cats and grieve for an occasional, short-lived beta fish.

I worked as a copywriter until I had kids and started writing fiction when my children graced my life with simultaneous afternoon naps. Writing, I surmised, was infinitely more satisfying than folding laundry, and so I started my first novel. Before long, I had finished Stalking Joe, whose title was later changed to Fools Rush In. Catch of the Day followed, winning the 2008 Romance Writers of America's RITA© award, which just thrilled me to my toes. Then came Just One of the Guys (August 08), Too Good To Be True (Feb 09), The Next Best Thing (Feb 10), and All I Ever Wanted, summer 2010. More books are in the pipeline.

I love to write books about relationships, since the search for love and security is one of the driving forces of life. And I try to focus on an aspect that’s common, if not universal, hence the “stalking” in Fools Rush In and the crush on the unattainable man in Catch of the Day. People ask if I’ve ever stalked a guy. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! They also ask if I’ve ever had a crush on a priest. Of course not! Jeez! Come on! It’s fiction! As far as being crazy about one of my brother's friends, which is the plot of Just One of the Guys, well, yes to that one. But I'm not naming names. Dating a fictional man, like Grace does in Too Good To Be True? Um...can I take the fifth on that one? Whether it's my own experience or not, I try to find something we can all relate to.

When I’m not writing, I like to be with my kids, goof around with my husband, read, watch baseball, ride my bike and bake. I suffer from chronic bedhead and an unhealthy (and completely understandable) obsession with Derek Jeter, shortstop for the New York Yankees. Like Millie Barnes, I run, which provides the neighbors with some real entertainment.

We spend as much time as possible at our family home on Cape Cod, swimming in the Atlantic, shivering on the beach, swatting horseflies and watching fish evade my lure at Higgins Pond. It’s as close to heaven as it gets.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.

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Elizabeth

I agree with your two cents. Unfortunately, people are treated this way all the time and if you’re going to write a believable book told from that point of view, that treatment needs to be included. It can be done in a way so as not to promote this type of behavior, which is what it seems this author did. It’s difficult to hear/see/read this type of treatment but not talking/writing about it doesn’t make it go away.

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Kristan Higgins does a fantastic job. I read some of those negative reviews and I felt the reviewers didn’t understand or didn’t bother to try. It’s an extremely realistic book.

Sorry, but it’s a real hassle trying to post and reply!

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Thanks for the review! Definitely adding this to my TBR pile.

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Fabulously reviewed annie!!! I love you,you say it the way it is!!! I can’t wait to read this book,it’s on my tbr gr list and amazon wish list!!! Great job on knocking it out of the park!!! Shared on all my socials!!

Monique D
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Monique D

Great review. Personally, it was a tough book to read, it was epic. I feel everyone should read it if only to understand how it is to live with a weight problem.

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for the review Annie

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