Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults.
For each of them, that means something different. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's about learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards, and learning to accept the love her ex-husband has tried to give her.
But as Marley and Georgia grow stronger, the real meaning of Emerson's dying wish becomes truly clear: more than anything, she wanted her friends to love themselves.
Emerson Lydia Duval should have lived a long and happy life. Instead, she died at the age of thirty-four and had no idea how loved she was. Even if it had been years since Georgia and Marley had seen their childhood friend, they never lost sight of the struggle that linked them all together – their battle to lose weight.
“Let’s make a list when we get back,” Emerson said. “All the things we’ll do when we’re not fat anymore. Things we can’t even dream of now.”
Regardless of how successful or educated they were, Marley DeFelice and Georgia Sloane always felt that the world judged them by their weight. It’s the one fear that always held them back.
But now that they have made a final promise to Emerson to live life to the fullest, they are going to have to break free of all of the chains that have held them captive for so long.
Hearts will be shattered and bonds will be tested. And they will never call themselves as weak again.
Emerson had done us a favor with that list. She totally had. Kicking our asses from the great beyond, like any true friend.
Good Luck with That is an absolute must read for all women everywhere!! It’s a poignant and realistic look at how society judges us by what’s on the outside without ever looking for the beauty inside.
Kristan masterfully crafts characters that both shine in their strength and in their frailty. Each one holding a secret that drives them. But it's Marley and Georgia that are the most exceptional of all.
They are women that you would be honored to call a friend and a colleague. They are neighbours, sisters, wives and mothers. They are us.
And their fight for self-acceptance should be our fight as well…
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