I think I mentioned a few months ago that Katie and I signed up for the Book of the Month Club this year. It’s really cool —> one of the 17 subscription services that I’m now subscribed to, but you get to pick out your book at the beginning of each month. I usually go for the same type of book so I love the idea that it will help me go beyond my typically stereotypes for books and also, give me some extra motivation to read faster.
To recap, I have a goal this year to read 12 books and with this one, I’m right on track (even without finishing one in February or March):
Most recently, I checked out the book “Lucky You” by Erika Carter.
Before I get into my thoughts, here’s a quick synopsis of the book:
In Erika Carter’s fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You, three women in their early twenties find themselves aimlessly adrift in the Arkansas college town they’ve stuck around in too long. Ellie, Chloe, and Rachel are friends (sort of), waitresses at the same dive bar. Each is becoming unmoored in her own way: Ellie obliterates all feeling with alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity; Chloe pulls out patches of her hair and struggles to keep incipient mental illness at bay; changeable Rachel has fallen under the sway of a messianic boyfriend with whom she’s agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to “health”, and she asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in “The Project.” In a remote, rural house in the Ozarks, nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them, each tries to solve the conundrum of being alive.By turns funny, knowing and hauntingly sad, Lucky You is a study in damage and detachment, a fearless portrait of three women at a crucial point in their lives. With startling exactitude and wickedly deadpan humor, it lays bare the emotional core of its characters with surgical precision. The writing is deft and controlled, as natural and unforced as breath–which makes it impossible to look away.
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