I’ve recently finished both of my January Book of the Month picks, and I can’t wait to tell you guys about them. First up is Erika Carter’s Lucky You. This is the second advanced release that Book of the Month has done, so it’s not even out yet. That being said, there will be spoilers below. So if you haven’t read it yet and you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now!
Lucky You three girls in their twenties living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. All three are utterly bored with their lives and unsure of what they want in their career, love life, and friendships. Rachel reinvents herself for every guy she dates (think Julia Roberts character in the Runaway Bride). Her current reinvention finds herself in a cabin in the Ozarks with her environmental obsessed boyfriend (think off the grid hipster). She begs her two friends ( I use this word very loosely) to join them.
Ellie is the gorgeous blonde that everyone is in love with but she is self-destructive and picks the wrong guys. She begins the novel by dating Jim, a musician using her for a place to stay when he’s in town. She is an alcoholic and uses sex as a distraction from her life. She gets entangled in a relationship with her married boss before taking Rachel up on her offer.
Chloe is mentally unstable, she rips her hair out of her head and stands in the shower for hours. She has a contentious rivalry with Ellie, which shifts into a love triangle involving Jim. She’s looking for an escape when she accepts Rachel’s invitation.
The narration shifts between Rachel, Ellie, and Chloe. Each chapter jumps a few months, showing a snapshot of their lives. None of the characters are necessarily likable, but they are unique and intriguing. The events feel realistic, while each character does change during the novel, they still fall to familiar faults.
I wished Chloe was featured more throughout the novel, I was most interested in her mental health journey but she seemed to take a backseat through the back half of the novel.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and felt connected to the characters as I am in a similar place in my life, a place of uncertainty. Though I hope I am more likable.