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How Lucky You Are by Kristyn Kusek Lewis- A Book Review

In Books on May 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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Kristyn Kusek Lewis points out in the Author’s Note that the mission statement of How Lucky You Are is the warning “Comparison is the thief of joy” and the novels’ three main characters are surely guilty of spotting greener grass on their friends lawn.

Waverly narrates the story and we see how she judges her friends’ lives as less arduous than her own. Waverly owns a bakery, which is hard work and also business is not going so well, her long-time partner Larry is a great match but she suffers doubt and guilt over the question of marriage and children. Her friends look to her like they have it all together.

Kate is beautiful,confident,wealthy and on her way to becoming even more glamorous riding on the wave of her husbands political career. Amy is sweet, thoughtful and the ideal ‘white picket fence’ wife and mother who glows with contentment.

The three are long-time good friends and each one is just different enough to sometimes succumb to the temptation of measuring themselves against each other. As they find themselves in situations that threaten to reveal beneath the facade they begin to learn who they really are, who their friends really are- and their friendship has a chance to deepen.

Kristyn Kusek Lewis touches on more than just the tendency in our culture to compare ourselves to impossible ideals. The issue of self-worth is further explored when the ugliness of emotional and physical abuse is uncovered. Kusek Lewis deftly shows the pain and discombobulation it causes for the victim and the sorrow and helplessness that troubles the victims friends and family. It is a deep issue and one that touches all of us in some way, and one we really don’t talk about. How Lucky You Are is a great starting place for further dialogue and investigation that can only lead to helping more people out of this sorry state.

Yes, it’s a serious subject matter however it is dealt with in way that is not so disturbing that the novel is too hard to read- in this way I think Kusek Lewis was wise because instead of tuning out and turning off we can sit with the reality and maybe let the thought grow into action in our society even after we have finished the last page.

On a lighter note one point though I must mention is the fact that Kristyn features an item from Waverley’s bakery quite prominently in the novel and when I finally swiped the last e-page there was no recipe for the famous Donut Muffin?! ( at least not in my review copy?!- Kristyn if you are willing to share this recipe here let me know!)

You can view Kristyn’s website here.

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