Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins *Stephanie’s Review*


I don’t even know where to start my review of Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins. If you’ve been a follower of Once Upon a Chapter you’ll know that I adore Kristan Higgins and everything I’ve ever read of her’s. Good Luck with That takes the cake. It is on my top 5 ever (forget just 2018) and may very well become a yearly re-read.

Good Luck with That confronts a major fear for most people: body image; primarily with obesity. Higgins touches on all types of body image issues though. As much as I was anticipating this book, I was also kind of scared. I don’t think I would have trusted any other woman to take me on this journey. At my highest I’ve weighed 310 pounds. I read things in this book that I’ve experienced. I want to be crystal clear I felt like I was reading about myself. I never once felt fat-shamed. I felt like I was talking to someone who got it.

Being brutally honest here I could have been Emerson. There comes a point where you have to decide if the food is worth what you are putting your body through physically. I was lucky enough that I could step back from that and I had family who supported me. I identify with Marley the most as far as body type/size. I am a bigger woman with minimal health issues. I also love to cook. Probably not enough to make it my job though.

What I need people to understand is that Good Luck with That is about learning to love the person you are and not the person you hope you may be someday. I get teary-eyed reading some of these reviews because there are SO many of us who need this book. The dedication of this book: “This one is for all of us who’ve cried when looking in the mirror. Here’s to never doing that again.”. That’s a powerful statement. No matter our shape or size I think we’ve all had one of those moments, yes?

Reading this book was tough.I stuck with it because I trusted Higgins to pull me through. She absolutely did and I’ll be all the more a loyal fan because this book was an experience. I can only hope you will be brave enough to pick up this book. My best advice: be brave. It was absolutely worth it.

6 responses to “Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins *Stephanie’s Review*”

  1. This definitely sounds like a book that I need! Thank you Stephanie, for highlighting this book! I’ll make it my business to make time to read it!!


    1. It’s a hard one but I haven’t met a book by Kristan Higgins yet that I didn’t love. If you decide to read it, I hope you love it! 🙂


  2. Such a great review Stephanie. I love this line .I stuck with it because I trusted Higgins to pull me through. This was a hard read for me too, but the all the other Higgins bits were there (cute guys, insane mothers, disastrous dates, the dogs), that I knew it would be okay. Great review.


    1. Thank you! That’s right! I didn’t even touch on those. They really helped to make it better. I can’t wait to fall in love with this book all over again. I’m glad you stuck with it too!


  3. I’ll be adding it to my wishlist. Sounds like a book i need to read. Thanks for the great review and I love that you said you trusted the author enough to pull you through – this says a lot about how much you love her writing and know her writing.


    1. Oh I hope you enjoy it! I’ve since listened to it on audio and loved that as well! Yes, I really do trust her. Those first seven or so chapters were really hard to get through but totally worth it. 🙂


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