Thanks to the HarperCollings for providing me a copy of The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick which will be released on February 11, 2014.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Matthew Quick has written several novels featuring quirky and unconventional characters. He picks up right where he left off with The Good Luck of Right Now. Bartholomew, the protaganist, is special and different. After years of taking care of his now deceased mother, he is in counseling to try and discover himself and a direction for his life. This sparks a series of meetings and events that link Bartholomew up with others like him in a madcap series of events. Oh and by the way, Bartholomew shares this portion of his life through a series of letters to Richard Gere, who was his mother’s favorite actor. He channels his inner Gere to get through the days and find the courage to step out of himself.
The real challenge is to find the good right now, as they have been through so much bad things and realize it as all come to this. The trick is to know when to pretend, when to listen and when to act. While Bartholomew thinks it is Richard Gere who is inspiring and motivating him, he is in fact learning more about the real world and himself.
Quick, as per his usual style, creates an incredible and dysfunctional cast of lovable characters to pull us through this adventures. We want them to succeed. We want them to overcome, yet we’re not sure where they are going to end up in the fracas of life and the burdens of handling it. There are laugh-out-loud moments in the pages, as our characters unique perspectives overrun the order of normal life. Each of them faces their own battles, and Bartholomew is the glue that brings them all together.
I enjoyed the book from start to finish. Read it in 24 hours. I laughed, but mostly enjoyed seeing the craziest pieces of my own struggles magnified in the lives of these characters. Quick has perfectly captured that feeling of not fitting in, yet our gang never gives up in their efforts to conquer life.
Warning: Some of the characters use unconventional language which some may find offensive.
Recommend for: Those who love contemporary cutting edge character driven stories about the broken finding peace in their brokenness.
Note: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.