Good Luck with That

Berkley. Aug. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9780451489395. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780451489418. F
OrangeReviewStarOn their last day of "fat camp," best friends Emerson, Marley, and Georgia list things they'll do when they are finally thin—eat dessert in public, hold hands with a cute boy, other activities they feel their weight prevents them from doing. Now in their 30s, all three still struggle with weight. When Emerson dies suddenly, Georgia and Marley are left with her final wish—to fulfill the list they made as teenagers. As Georgia and Marley set out to complete their tasks, they learn what is really important for finding happiness. Georgia must come to terms with her disapproving, fat-shaming mother and brother, revisit the reason for her divorce, and face a lifelong eating disorder. Marley, seemingly the most well-adjusted of the three, works toward grieving losses, loving herself, and accepting love from others. Both find that the list made by naïve teenagers takes them to healing and self-acceptance. Higgins (Now That You Mention It) writes with her trademark heart, humor, and emotion, addressing the serious and somber subject of body image and how weight has become the obsession of many women and how all too often judgment reigns supreme.
VERDICT Highly recommended for all popular women's fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18.]

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