Thursday, October 18, 2012

How Lucky You Are

Which friend are you? You know how it is, in each friendship circle, we have labels, whether we mean to or not, there is the pretty one, the drama queen, the loser, the easy one... we all have labels. In How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Kusek Lewis, we meet three friends that sometimes wonder why they are friends to begin with. Waverly is the center, she is the glue, the link that keeps them all together, yet she sees herself as the scattered one, the disposable one, the one that no one loves. Kate is the pretty one. She is the one that turns heads both male and female whereever she goes. Life has always been gilded with silver for Kate, will it always be so? Then we have Amy, the easy one. Not that kind of easy mind you, but easy as in, life and love has always been easy for Amy. Everything has went according to plan, she has her dream life all wrapped up in a pretty bow. The three friends have labeled themselves, and live up to their expectations, but each one's perception of each other is vastly different from how they see themselves. How lucky You Are takes us along for the ride with the three while they discover just how wrong labels can be, and what it takes to be a true friend. I loved, loved, loved How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Kusek Lewis. I could see bits of myself in each of the three women, and found myself thinking ... hrmmm... am I that one? Or am I this one? About each of the characters. The ladies are all three fleshed out, real live women who are adeptly captured in black an white printed word. What more can I say, I love it! In the tradition of Emily Giffin and Marisa de los Santos comes an engaging and moving novel about three women struggling with signs of strain in their longtime friendship. 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. With its sensitive depiction of important issues, including spousal abuse, HOW LUCKY YOU ARE will spark interesting discussions among women’s reading groups and book clubs. Kristyn Kusek Lewis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked in magazines for over 15 years. She has written for the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Glamour, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Self, More, and Redbook, among other publications. Buy the book at Amazon


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