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In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific ...
In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE is an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling to keep their longstanding friendship alive. Waverly, who's always been the group's anchor, runs a cozy bakery but worries each month about her mounting debt. Kate is married to a man who's on track to be the next governor of Virginia, but the larger questions brewing in their future are unsettling her. Stay-at-home mom Amy has a perfect life on paper, but as the horrific secret she's keeping from her friends threatens to reveal itself, she panics.
As life's pressures build all around them, Waverly knows she has some big decisions to make. In doing so, she will discover that the lines between loyalty and betrayal can become blurred, happy endings aren't always clear-cut, and sometimes you have to risk everything to gain the life you deserve.
"Kristyn Kusek Lewis's How Lucky You Are is a moving, thoughtful story about what happens when friends become family and stay close despite all odds. It's an honest, empathetic novel of love, commitment, and female friendship with characters I didn't want to let go."—Meredith Goldstein, author of The Singles and Boston Globe "Love Letters" Columnist
"Charming and achingly real, Kristyn Kusek Lewis' How Lucky You Are is an endearing story about finding your way amid the many intricacies of friendship. I'm certain it will become a book club favorite."—Sarah Jio, author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow
"In this wise and compulsively readable debut, Lewis follows three thirtysomething female friends and tackles even the heaviest of subjects with a restrained and self-assured hand, avoiding sentimentality while displaying an impressive emotional range. I could smell the doughnut muffins, taste the margaritas and feel each high and low right along with the delightful characters. If you've ever had a best friend or been a best friend, this is a book for you."—Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Arrivals and So Far Away
"A nuanced, heartfelt debut, How Lucky You Are artfully honors the importance of dear old friends. I can't wait to read more from Kristyn Kusek Lewis."—Allie Larkin, author of Stay and Why Can't I Be You
"How Lucky You Are is a compelling, insightful, and moving tale of the ever-shifting terrain of female friendship and the secrets we keep even from those who love us most."—Meg Donohue, author of How to Eat a Cupcake
Posted August 30, 2012
I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. I even read late into the night and finally finished it before work this morning.
The main character, Waverly is a woman we can all relate to. She feels inferior to her friends, that she hasn't "grown up" yet, and when she gets so stressed out she hides from the issue (like bills). One of her friends is a woman from a wealthy family, whom she is jealous of the money and the beauty. Then her other friend marries a doctor, has a child and settles down in the suburbs. Wavery is sinking under a mountain of debt and she can't seem to appreciate what she does have.
When things start coming apart for her friends, she realizes what she nearly lost. She works on her getting own life together, even as she is helping her girlfriends. This struck me as very realistic. Our lives aren't running a single story-line, we have as many things pulling at us as we allow. Friends, family, work, children, even school. All that goes on simultaneously and the author did a fantastic job capturing that.
Yes another 5 star review. I've had a very lucky week.
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Posted July 2, 2013
You Are Your Friend's Keeper. I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I think it was the writing style. The different sad situations these 3 friends are in should be kind of a downer, yet the book felt like I was watching a movie about characters I really cared about and rooted for. It was well-written, thought-provoking and made me want to read more of her books in the future.
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Posted September 10, 2012
Waverly owns a sweet little bakery, but is secretly struggling to not lose everything. Here she is at 35 trying not to lose her business, her house and not able to share the information with anyone. She struggles with feeling like a failure—she and her long term boyfriend aren’t even married. Her best friends have it so together. Amy is just as sweet as they come and is married to a doctor, lives in the ‘white picket fence’ house on a cul-de-sac and has an adorable little girl, Emma. Kate is a knock-out with the world at her feet. Born into wealth and power, gave up her job as a successful travel writer to marry the man of her dreams Brendan. Not only is Brendan the man of Kate’s dreams he is running for governor of Virginia—how is that for picture perfect?
Waverly is the anchor of their friendship. She begins to see a slow unraveling of their friendship, Waverly puts herself out there crossing some friendship lines and what she finds makes her stop and realize how lucky she is. Realizing looking at someone’s life from the outside you can assume they are the lucky ones, but you don’t really know what goes on behind closed doors—not even your best friends. How Lucky You Are, is a testament to the power of friendship and a story of finding happiness is being true to yourself and not living the ‘life’ others think you should.
How Lucky You Are is read through the eyes of Waverly. I’ll be honest and really wasn’t sure about this book. It’s a new author and I’ve read so many books on friendship lately, I just wasn’t really excited. What a mistake that was! I loved this book! I believe the topics in the novel are relevant! This looked at friendship in a way I believe is so real, not we tell each other everything—but real. We want our friends to think we have it together. We open up to each other this much, but maybe not all the way. Keeping part of ourselves hidden. And the power of getting real.
I related to Waverly in a way that surprised me. I’m very open and honest with my husband, whereas Waverly holds back from her boyfriend, Larry. Where I connected with her was some of those underlying feelings she faces when dealing with the effects of having lost her parents. I know since losing my mom there is a huge part of myself I keep very guarded with other women. I don’t want to open myself up to lose someone again. I really got that about her and could see the issues it causes her. The ending leaves itself open to come back and see these characters again (hint, hint Kristyn!).
I am definitely recommending How Lucky You Are! I will also be waiting to see what Kristyn Kusek Lewis writes next.
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Posted December 14, 2012
On the whole, I enjoyed this book, although I thought the protoganist spent too much time worrying about her friends rather than herself. She has financial troubles and doesn't tell her partner, even though he shares the house with her. This is one of those stories where everyone else's life looks great from the outside, until you find out the truth.
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Posted November 26, 2012
Loved, loved this book. An inside view to female friendships and how we sometimes think the "grass is greener on the other side".
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This is a phenomenal piece of chic lit. The characters are well developed and worthy of the reader's investment in reading further.
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Posted November 27, 2012
Posted November 3, 2013
This is a phenomenal book about friendship. The writing is very well done. The characters are all very interesting and the plot line is top notch.
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Posted September 20, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. The story is an important issue that needs more attention. I will definetely look for more from this author.
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Posted October 21, 2014
Not a bad read just dragged on a bit. The ending was not that great and really with your best friends you confide in not block fromWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted February 16, 2014
Reviewed by Rachel
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I still haven’t recovered from reading this book.
And I mean that in the nicest most complimentary way possible.
It’s one of those books that haunts you, enchants you, grips your heart, your soul, your mind, until finally when the pages stop clicking, you can do nothing save stare at the wall for a good ten minutes and wonder what the heck just happened.
This is a new author to me. I didn’t really know what to expect. Her writing has been compared to Emily Giffin, who I love, so I kind of knew what to expect as far as content, but wow was I blown away. It exceeded my expectations and will be a book that I recommend for years to come.
We follow loveable bakery owner Waverly. She has lived with her boyfriend for years, content with her life, except she has a secret–debt. And she hasn’t told her wonderfully loyal and secure boyfriend, something that hangs over their relationship the entire book.
Amy, one of Waverlys best friends, appears to have the perfect little subdivision life. A husband, a perfect house, a dog, and a way too optimistic attitude, but everything is not always as it seems, she too has a secret.
And finally, we meet Kate. Beautiful, rich, Kate. The girl you looked up to in high school that wasn’t necessarily mean to you but above you, if you get what I mean. She’s arrogant, self assured, but also fiercely loyal. On the outside she’s perfect, a soon to be politicians wife, beautiful, rich, I mean really what else could you want?
The book is given through Waverlys point of view. She has financial struggles of her own but refuses to rely on anyone. Her boyfriend is amazing, yet she doesn’t want to add stress to his life, part of this is that she has major trust issues. Her parents died leaving her an orphan at a young age and she’s left with nothing. She wants to make it on her own and frankly gets tired hearing of her friend Kate complain about her perfect life. To make matters worse, her other best friend Amy has suddenly shut down, not to mention the fact that mysterious bruises have started appearing on her person.
This book gets women. It understands the typical mindset we have when looking at other peoples lives. “If only I had that job, if only I had that much money, if only I had perfect legs.” I mean seriously, she hatches out every single selfish thing any woman has ever thought and lays it across the table.
Experiencing life is key in this book. Joy, is also key. How can you fully live life or experience it for that matter when you are constantly living up to false expectations you’ve given yourself? Life is not always as it seems and the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Although this is not my typical cup of tea, I found myself staring cross eyed at my kindle until it was finished.
It was a beautiful, heartfelt masterpiece. If Miss Lewis continues to write such emotional stories, she will soon be a household name. You’ve heard it here folks!
The book did contain some language , no sex, and some kissing.
Posted January 13, 2014
This book started one way and went into an unexpected direction that really caused you to relate to and care about the characters. We have all either been through or know someone who has gone through these situations. Well done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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