The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel

The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel

by Summer Heacock

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The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel by Summer Heacock

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex.

Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms.

With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach.

Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop’s best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out—strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can’t figure out what to hang on to…and what to let go.

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ISBN-13: 9780778330851
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 502,522
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I love this author's writing style and sense of humor. I was constantly smiling and laughing while reading this book to the point where my kids probably thought I was crazy. I'm so sad this is her first book and that I can't read another one yet. I look forward to the next book - I hope it's SOON!!!
RebeccaEnzor More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book that my hairstylist had a problem getting my hair in foil! It was hilarious and awkward in the best way possible
Chancie More than 1 year ago
The writing style felt too rough and unrefined, and the women in this book talk and act like middle schoolers. But the part that truly ruined this book for me is that "vaginismus" and "light hearted" do not go together. For women who deal with this long term, it isn't a silly quirky story told to our friends with shrill playful banter and jokes in the work place. It's a silent destroyer of self-worth and relationships that's kept a complete secret because most people don't know how to handle it, and it makes it far worse. As a woman who has had to overcome this myself, vaginismus is not taken seriously by anyone. I appreciate this book trying to shed more light on it, but it simplifies it. It makes it cute and quirky when it's anything but. This story could have been better if it had been more about the personal growth and strength required to overcome vaginismus, but it's not. The vaginismus is a background element, and if you're going to include something as sensitive and personal as vaginismus, it needs more relevance, focus, and actual weight. It isn't a quirky characteristic; it's a life destroyer. I want/need a novel that accurately portrays what it's like to live with this, but I have yet to find it. This wasn't it. This actually felt like an insult to the women who struggle to hold their lives and relationships together because of this issue. This story could have been told without vaginismus being included. I wish it would have been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, sexy, enjoyable read. Characters are endearing. Felt like I was with my girlfriends through the entire book. Definitely recommend this book for an easy, entertaining read .
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
I was stunned when I realized this cleverly written and highly amusing book was the author’s debut work. Stunned, gasping, then sputtering to form cogent thought, as The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky was a remarkable output, whether it was her first or hundred and first. The premise was unique and relevant while the storyline was cleverly entertaining, well-crafted, and delightfully engaging. The primary and secondary characters were not your garden variety – they were all kinds of quirky, endearing, beguiling, and peculiar. I adored them. Ms. Heacock cleverly imbued her characters with color descriptions and insightful details and tasty little tidbits that were comically amusing yet also insightful and keenly observant. I eagerly and greedily wanted to absorb all her words. I giggled-snorted and smirked my way through this cleverly devised tale. Kat suddenly came to the realization that despite being in a long-term relationship, she was rapidly approaching the two-year mark in a sexual dry spell due to a real-life lady-bits condition known as vaginismus, which was a problem I was thankfully unfamiliar with. Kat was a driven, selfish, Type-A control freak with lots of self-inflicted and ridiculous rules. She was hard-working and skilled at her craft yet outside of her bakery, she lived in the land of denial, was socially awkward, verbally inappropriate, inattentive to other’s feelings, and generally had limited awareness of much beyond her own nose until the light bulb popped and she finally realized she was “an emotional cadaver.” As the layers of the onion were peeled we learn that as a child, Kat was often left with her fanatically religious aunt who warped her perception of love, sex, relationships, and femininity. Once she realized the freakishness of allowing her problem to go unresolved for so long, Kat set about devising a plan to get her vajayjay in ship shape with a breathtaking timeline of one month, although a confluence of events and work opportunities threatened to derail her plans. While there were times I wanted to give Kat a good pinch, I remained engaged with this story from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
? Loved it!
HarleyQuinn More than 1 year ago
I can say with sincerity, I have never laughed this hard while reading a book. Sure, I occasionally chuckle or snort when I read, but The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky had me flat out laughing every four pages. Kat is a woman with friends and a bustling business that just happens to be having some physical issues with sex. This book isn’t just about romantic relationships, it’s also about relationships between women, and the often neglected platonic relationships between men and women. To balance out the relationship drama is small business drama. Cup My Cakes has only been open for two years but they’re doing steady business and they’ve thrown their hat in the ring for a big business contract. That’s a lot of stress and it resonates in the relationship dynamic Kat has between all the other characters. There are no static feelings in this book. Even the secondary characters are filled out and nuanced. Kat is very independent and not one to really ask for help, so I relate. She could be on fire and still wouldn’t ask for a glass of water. She is complex and real character. Her bravado and dry humor are her battle armor, hiding insecurities and fears any person can connect with. She’s worried about letting her friends down, worried about her future, worried about disappointing her boyfriend. And the book opens up right smack in the middle of this crossroads that churns up her insecurities and chips away at her armor. The armor is resilient though, I cried a little toward the end, but three pages later I was laughing through the tears. From an ace point of view, I didn’t really connect with Kat’s urgent need to have sex to validate her relationships. I spent good portions of the book reading like it was wildlife guide to a new species. This is seriously the closest I will ever be to being inside a non-ace person’s head. It’s kind of thrilling. And weird. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky broke a dry reading spell for me. I was burned out on reading about ridiculous love triangles in every YA book I picked up. I couldn’t get into the characters in another series because some of the romance scenes felt so staged I just wanted to throw the book out the window. It’s a downside to not sharing the same sexual wants/needs as the majority of the population. Romance gets tedious. This book though didn’t feel tedious. I flew through these 356 pages in an afternoon. I was excited to see what Kat was going to do, how she was going to deal with situations, and how this was going to resolve. And a great deal of that comes from the wonderfully unique voice Summer Heacock has. It is an unforgettable style of writing and storytelling. Once you read The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky you’ll be able to spot Summer’s writing from a mile away. She has a distinct voice with a penchant for glittering swearing and it is all things great and good. And if you want to test out some of the delicious cupcakes they mention in the stories, surprise! There are recipes for five specialty cuppies in the back! I cannot recommend the chocolate-peanut butter enough. So. Good. All in all, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky had wonderful characters, lots of nail biting drama, laughter for days, and an ending as relaxing and satisfying as that last deep breath before you drift into sleep. Even if ‘chick lit’ isn’t what you normally read—I don’t—I still encourage you to make an exception for The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock. I promise, it’s one you’ll pick
HarleyQuinn More than 1 year ago
I can say with sincerity, I have never laughed this hard while reading a book. Sure, I occasionally chuckle or snort when I read, but The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky had me flat out laughing every four pages. Kat is a woman with friends and a bustling business that just happens to be having some physical issues with sex. This book isn’t just about romantic relationships, it’s also about relationships between women, and the often neglected platonic relationships between men and women. To balance out the relationship drama is small business drama. Cup My Cakes has only been open for two years but they’re doing steady business and they’ve thrown their hat in the ring for a big business contract. That’s a lot of stress and it resonates in the relationship dynamic Kat has between all the other characters. There are no static feelings in this book. Even the secondary characters are filled out and nuanced. Kat is very independent and not one to really ask for help, so I relate. She could be on fire and still wouldn’t ask for a glass of water. She is complex and real character. Her bravado and dry humor are her battle armor, hiding insecurities and fears any person can connect with. She’s worried about letting her friends down, worried about her future, worried about disappointing her boyfriend. And the book opens up right smack in the middle of this crossroads that churns up her insecurities and chips away at her armor. The armor is resilient though, I cried a little toward the end, but three pages later I was laughing through the tears. From an ace point of view, I didn’t really connect with Kat’s urgent need to have sex to validate her relationships. I spent good portions of the book reading like it was wildlife guide to a new species. This is seriously the closest I will ever be to being inside a non-ace person’s head. It’s kind of thrilling. And weird. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky broke a dry reading spell for me. I was burned out on reading about ridiculous love triangles in every YA book I picked up. I couldn’t get into the characters in another series because some of the romance scenes felt so staged I just wanted to throw the book out the window. It’s a downside to not sharing the same sexual wants/needs as the majority of the population. Romance gets tedious. This book though didn’t feel tedious. I flew through these 356 pages in an afternoon. I was excited to see what Kat was going to do, how she was going to deal with situations, and how this was going to resolve. And a great deal of that comes from the wonderfully unique voice Summer Heacock has. It is an unforgettable style of writing and storytelling. Once you read The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky you’ll be able to spot Summer’s writing from a mile away. She has a distinct voice with a penchant for glittering swearing and it is all things great and good. And if you want to test out some of the delicious cupcakes they mention in the stories, surprise! There are recipes for five specialty cuppies in the back! I cannot recommend the chocolate-peanut butter enough. So. Good. All in all, The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky had wonderful characters, lots of nail biting drama, laughter for days, and an ending as relaxing and satisfying as that last deep breath before you drift into sleep. Even if ‘chick lit’ isn’t what you normally read—I don’t—I still encourage you to make an exception for The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock. I promise, it’s one you’ll pick
Kspina More than 1 year ago
Qualifier: I've known Summer for five years since I met her at Midwest Writers Workshop 2012. That may be part of why I picked up the book, but I LOVED the book because it is genuinely hilarious, well-written, and a fun read. To anyone who loves a good romantic comedy movie starring Kate Hudson, you want to read this book. It's bakery sweet and burlesque sassy. Loved it!
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
So I still don’t know how I feel about this book… Kat’s lady bits are broken.  At least that’s what she tells her friends after two years of not having sex.  She decides to finally do something about it, but doesn’t want to keep her boyfriend Ryan hanging, waiting for her to “fix” herself.  She tells him they need a break while she figures stuff out and he’s free to see other people.  However, she never planned on Ben, one of the shop’s cute regulars.  When he offers to help her with her problem since he’s a physical therapist, Kat leaps at the chance, but she doesn’t factor in that emotions might get in the way… I really don’t know how I feel about this book.  I liked it? But I didn’t really like it? I think I just had issues with a few things. First off, Kat can be a bit selfish (something her friends point out to her).  I feel like the majority of the narrative was her acting like “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME PEOPLE!!”.  Like, we get it. I was so happy when she is finally told off for it.  Also, the reason behind all her selfishness seems a bit shallow and undeveloped.  I felt like the author needed a reason Kat is the way she is so she threw it in there without any sense of development or context.  The rest of the characters were fine, but they seemed a bit one dimensional to me.  Not that I didn’t enjoy the dynamics between Kat and the rest of her cupcake team, but they seemed a bit too out there for the sake of being “out there”.  It made them unbelievable. In fact, I think that’s the problem with this whole book.  The premise seems a bit unbelievable to me.  Not the whole illness thing.  I get that.  But the whole “let’s take a break with my boyfriend and then start seeing somebody else while trying to get back with my boyfriend in the end” thing.  It just seemed so far-fetched and something that no rational person would actually do, that I think it built this wall for me.  I couldn’t get behind anything that these characters did. I did enjoy some humorous moments in this and some of the characters were endearing, but I was just expecting more from this book. From the sound of it, it had all the makings of a really great chick lit book, but it just failed to deliver everything I had wanted for it.  Overall, I’d skip this for some much better quality chick lit out there.
majormajormajor More than 1 year ago
“I can’t frost this cupcake. My vagina’s broken.” In The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky, Kat is the successful (and stressed) part owner of a bakery called Cup My Cakes. She works at this bakery with her friends Butter, Shannon, and Liz. When Kat realizes it has been two years since her and her boyfriend Ryan had sex due to Kat's vaginismus (a condition that makes sex unbearable), she decides they should take a break. During this break she want's Ryan to go get his kicks with other women while Kat sorts this vaginismus thing out herself. Soon she gets help from Ben, the cutest bakery customer and physical therapist. However, as time goes on the boundaries between Kat and Ben's friendship blurs as romantic feelings start to creep in. This book was definitely a tasty treat! I thought it was a lighthearted read and found the characters easy to relate to. Heacock creates a great cast of girlfriends (Butter, Shannon, and Liz) to help Kat through her problems, both medical and relationships. As much as this is a romance, it is also a great story of friendship. All of the characters grow and build together, and the girlfriends end up being more important then the love interest- which I loved. Finally, at the end of the book Heacock gives us recipes for some of the "cuppies" in the book!