‘A total joy’ Matt Haig
‘Compulsively gripping and taps into the shame and self-hatred we *all* battle with. It is also very, very funny’ Sara Pascoe
ABOUT THE BOOK
IS ANYONE’S LIFE . . .
Beth shows that women really can have it all.
Ruby lives life by her own rules.
And then there’s Lauren, living the dream.
AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS?
Beth hasn’t had sex in a year.
Ruby feels like she’s failing.
Lauren’s happiness is fake news.
And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…
Fearless, frank and for everyone who’s ever doubted themselves, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.
Actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you.
Published by HarperCollins
Publication Date – 31st October 2019
Forget teenage angst, there’s nothing more stressed, pissed off and downright angry than a woman and that is what this book is based around! The issues that make us grumpy, the pressures we all put ourselves under, the absurdities of life in the Instagram world we now live in – motherhood, relationships, body image, modern life – it’s all here and perfectly pitched by the author in a savage but humourous story that I thoroughly enjoyed and ended up finding really touching and poignant!
The two main characters are Ruby and Beth. Both very different women, but both struggling! Ruby is struggling with motherhood – it’s more downs than ups with her daughter Bonnie who she seems in a constant battle with! Ruby isn’t the most patient of people so she seems to spend most of her days raging at the world and getting nowhere. As you learn more about her you understand she has always had a bad relationship with her mother which hasn’t helped her confidence, and neither has a medical condition she has which means she’ always conscious of her body. You can’t help feel sorry for her and just want to give her a big hug at times to let her know she should go easier on herself! Her line of work sees her retouching photographs – very apt in the world we now live in where you can airbrush your lumps and bumps away – so the concept of body image is always playing on her mind. Is she being a good role model to her daughter or is just history repeating itself?
And Beth is a new mum to Tommy, and married to Michael who seems to have serious issues with sex (he’s a weird one!!) and being cruel towards her about her weight and coming up with reasons not to have sex with her again. Not very happily married for a woman who is a wedding planner for the rich and famous!
Her newest client is an Instagram celebrity and this brilliantly allows that whole world be dissected and analyzed – the image doesn’t always match up to the reality and I found that really fascinating to see portrayed especially as Beth starts to feel sorry for her client, Lauren, who posts amazing pictures and quotes but in reality she seems to be very unsure of herself.
As these women’s lives wobble from bad to worse, I really enjoyed seeing and hearing their thoughts on issues that affect us all, and the fact that by talking to friends or a stranger in a park allows them to confront the realities in their life and how they can go about changing things, finding good in themselves and taking back control.
There were many laugh out loud moments when things went wrong, or got a little too graphic (there’s a lot of sex talk going on!), but it was also very poignant when reality hits home for these women and I just loved how honest and frank it was. Nothing is sugarcoated!!
The story does a great job of showing just how complex life can be, especially as a woman, be it with relationships, friendships, work, and in general how we all view ourselves and how we all judge others. It’s only when we get to know the person behind the image that we begin to understand that we’re all messed up! No matter what image we try to share, there’s always something that links us and shows us that the grass isn’t always greener.
Whether it is society that makes us constantly pick holes in ourselves, or it’s just the way we are, I found this to be an engrossing read that just got better the more it went on, and found it really empowering and thought provoking!
My thanks to HarperCollins and Netgalley for the early e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.