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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

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Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
The Good Luck of Right Now
Matthew Quick
Genre: Adult, Contemporary
Publication date: February 11th 2014
by HarperCollins

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Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?

Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.

A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.
-A copy was provided by HarperCollins for review-

What a strange little book this was. I have to be honest right up front and say that I wasn’t sure how I felt about The Good Luck of Right Now for most of the time I spent reading it. It was strange, it had characters that I couldn’t relate to; but as I sat there reading I realized that I couldn’t put it down. Bartholomew and the people that came into his life wormed their odd little ways into my heart and I truly cared about their well-being and had to see where everything went for them.

Right off the bat the thing that stands out in this novel is the way in which it is told. Each chapter in The Good Luck of Right Now is a letter that our MC Bartholomew Neil has written to Richard Gere. Yes, the Richard Gere of Pretty Woman fame, among others. I had thought that maybe it was just the first chapter that was going to be told in this way but nope, it was the whole novel. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about that at all but looking back I have to concede and say that it worked. See, every time I put this novel down for a few moments I would be floored at how much of the novel I had ploughed through. It became a one day read for me, which is so weird because I can’t really pin point my feelings on it at all.

What I can say, is that I loved the characters. No I could not relate to them and no I didn’t agree with much of the choices they made in the pages but they became people that I cared about. Mostly so Bartholomew. Though his mental issues are never really touched upon heavily in the novel I am assuming he was (at least a touch) autistic. When we meet him he is a 39 year old man who has never had a job and has spent his life taking care of his mother. In the aftermath of her death he isn’t sure how to deal at all. He doesn’t know how the bills are being paid, but they are, and he doesn’t really know how to go about meeting people. In steps the priest that he has grown up with Father McNamee. McNamee moves in with Bartholomew and is quickly revealed to be fighting his own mental issues. The living situation this led to was odd to say the least. They had daily communions, daily drinking sessions (that usually ended up with McNamee drinking so much that he was spewing his guts in the bathroom for much of the night), but they found a way to look out for one another. Was it healthy? No. Did it work for them? At the time, yes.

Adding to this already strange cast of characters is the boy Bartholomew meets at one of the few therapy sessions that he goes to, Max. This guy was a character, he had an intense obsession with cats and I do believe he was incapable of spitting out a sentence that didn’t have the f-word in it (usually multiple times.) Max seems like this unhealthy addition to Bartholomew’s life (just as McNamee does) but he really gets him to come out of his shell and even helps him meet some of the personal goals he set for himself in therapy. The most Max added to Bartholomew’s life was letting him meet his sister, Elizabeth, who just so happens to be the librarian Bart (I’m so tired of typing his full name!) has been watching for a while and wanting to meet.

Here is where the theme of the story comes into play. It’s all about synchronicity; the good balancing out the bad, the ups balancing out the downs, the ugly balancing out the beautiful etc. The way the pieces of this novel come together and the way that the story plays out really leads you to believe that everything does happen for a reason, even when the things happening are as bad as you think they can get. This is an incredibly well put together novel, it is unique and it drives home it’s point in a fantastic way. Despite my flip-floppiness on my feelings for it all I think I need to just look back at the experience and realize how well it worked for me. Quick has hit it out of the park yet again with The Good Luck of Right Now and has cemented his place on my auto-read list.

4 Stars
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Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Posted by on 01/24/2014 • 32 Comments

What an intense thrill ride! Red Rising gives us one meticulously built strategy game with a large cast of colorful characters who represent social status in a whole new perspective.

Ultimately, the Red Rising Trilogy is a story of rebellion, and this is its first chapter. Set on Mars, we’re introduced to an intimidating oligarchy government where your color decides your fate. Darrow, a Red – the lowest of the lows – is surgically enhanced to look like a Gold, and here’s hoping he can successfully infiltrate and beat the system. This whole color classification did not have me completely convinced, I will admit. Pinks for pleasure, Golds for “gods”, Reds for slaves and so on. No question that it’s fascinating, even not so far from the racial disparities that…

Giveaway: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Giveaway: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Posted by on 12/29/2013 • 12 Comments

I’ve heard wonderful things about this book so far and I can’t wait to read it myself. And one lucky Canadian can enter to win their very own copy, today, thanks to the lovely people at Random House of Canada.

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Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Posted by on 12/17/2013 • 27 Comments

-This novel was listened to via audiobook-

This is one series I have been meaning to try out for so long! Like usual, it will likely take me 2 or 3 books to fall in love with it. As far as urban fantasies go it’s a really decent read. Great action, an awesome protagonist, a steamy romance. Overall it’s your average story: A protagonist with a unique power and/or advantage, gets trained to be better at what she does, and starts on an action-packed journey that’s meant to have a lot of life or death moments and risky situations.

Even though I’ve read plenty of Urban Fantasies, my list still doesn’t trump dedicated fans of the genre. Still, I’ve read my fair share, and while this one might not have…

Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Posted by on 12/02/2013 • 20 Comments

Omen is very much the first in its series, it is also very much a Kelley Armstrong book. Not to say it’s anything like her other work as it’s actually quite different, but in terms of wonderfully crafted characters, a world you can see yourself walk the grounds of, and an all-around compelling story, its got the Kelley signature on every page. This is what I’ve come to expect of her novels, and Omens was not an exception.

Omens tells the story of a young woman with a seemingly perfect life; wealthy, career-driven, intelligent, about to marry a man with an important political career ahead. She had an incredible life ahead of her. Then she – along with the whole world – finds out who her real parents are:…

Waiting on Wednesday (101)

Waiting on Wednesday (101)

Posted by on 11/27/2013 • 20 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

My pick this week:

Ok so maybe she brought her Sookie series a few books too far but they are so much fun and especially readable. I just really like her writing style and characters. Plus this blurb is giving me goosebumps so that’s a win so far!

What are you waiting on, this week?

 

Review: The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley

Review: The Plague by Lisa C. Hinsley

Posted by on 11/11/2013 • 27 Comments

I guess I should have expected it, but Plague was a lot more… grossly detailed and harder to read than I expected – and not in a good way. I knew I was in for a heartbreaking read, but this is really nothing but a short story of a family’s harsh misfortunes during a plague epidemic. Which, I admit, sounds like it could be a good read, except it was simply too… graphic. Too quick of a disturbing tale and not enough depth to balance it. It’s an explicit story of a dying family. Period. We don’t ever get out of this boarded up house to see how the world is fairing other than just the knowledge that everyone is dying. The few technical details we do get are fuzzy…

To Self Publish, Or Not To Self Publish – A Guest Post by Stella Telleria

To Self Publish, Or Not To Self Publish – A Guest Post by Stella Telleria

Posted by on 11/08/2013 • 50 Comments

I’ve got Stella Telleria on the blog today who recently self-published her book, Across the Wire, a paranormal universe novel with a dystopian undertone that looks great and sounds awesome. Let’s have a look at the book first, but then Stella is going to talk about her reason to self publish in a witty, hilarious guest post – oh and you can also enter to win a copy 😉

Guest Post by Stella Telleria

Why I Decided to Self Publish by Stella Telleria

Giselle, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’ve heard so much about you through another blogger I feel a sort of ease at being in your internet presence. Pfft! Who am I kidding? I’m so excited to be here I…