Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Posted May 24, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments

The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew QuickThe Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Published by Picador on January 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 304
Format: E-Arc
Source: Netgalley
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Pendant trente-huit ans, Bartholomew Neil a vecu seul avec sa mere... jusqu'au jour ou la maladie l'emporte. Comment vivre sans elle? Ainsi commence la quete de notre heros pour se construire une nouvelle famille. Un pretre defroque, une bibliothecaire agoraphobe, un acolyte survolte rencontre en analyse, une psychotherapeute borderline, sans oublier Richard Gere, auquel Bartholomew est persuade d'etre uni par un lien cosmique... Tout ce petit monde s'embarquera dans une Ford Focus de location, a la recherche d'un mysterieux Parlement des Chats, et de bien plus encore...Best-seller international, Cher Monsieur Richard Gere est en cours de realisation par Dreamworks. Matthew Quick est aussi l'auteur d'un roman adapte au cinema sous le titre Happiness Therapy, un film recompense par huit Oscars.Merveilleux et extravagant, bourre d'emotion, d'humour et de folie.Le Parisien.Drole, tendre, farfelu, terriblement humain.L'Alsace.Ce livre a paru initialement dans la collection Preludes sous le titre Saisis ta chance, Bartholomew Neil."

Having loved Silver Lining Playbook and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock I couldn’t wait to start Quick’s new adult novel. While written in a similar vein to his other novels The Good Luck of Right Now pales in comparison.  I’m not sure why, but something did not click as well as the other books.

The Good Luck of Right Now follows four abnormal individuals who become entwined through a series of events as the book progresses.  The story is told through a series of letters written to Richard Gene by Bartholomew as a coping mechanism for his grief over his mother’s death.

All the characters have to overcome some personal obstacle that life has thrown in their way to achieve their ‘life goals’ (something which is very important to Bartholomew), and in doing so, this group of characters become a family. The main theme of this novel is of beginnings and endings and how to get from A to B; that it is OK if life is not perfect, you get the chance to make it better.

I loved the philosophy of the Good Luck of Right Now which made the book feel heart-warming, especially towards the end when the characters all begin to understand the complexity of life.

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