Lucky You: A Novel by Erika Carter

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Read Lucky You: A Novel Online Free - Three women, early twenties, find themselves aimlessly adrift in Erika Carter’s fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You. Ellie, Chloe and Rachel are friends (sort of); waitresses at the same tired bar in the Arkansas college town they’ve stuck around in too long. 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 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 delivers the kind of study in damage and detachment that made Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior or Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays so memorable. 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.

Title : Lucky You: A Novel
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ISBN : 1619028999
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 375 pages


Kathy rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 07, 2017

***Possible Spoilers**** Maybe 2.5 stars? I'm not even sure how to review this book. I didn't hate the writing. Actually, Erika Carter's writing is what kept me glued to the story. The story wasn't exactly bad either. It kept me wanting more. Honestly, that is what the problem was, I wanted more....

Book of Secrets ☘ rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 05, 2017

2.5 Stars → I've been debating over how to rate this book. (This was my January 2017 Book of the Month Club selection.) It held my attention, but at the same time I had problems with it. It left me shaking my head, thinking what was the point? Normally I would pass on a book about twenty-something...

Jane rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 06, 2017

Disappinted by how much I did not enjoy this book. It managed to simultaneously be too short and too long. We get so little information or background or even time with these characters, and the couple chapters we do get in each of protagonists' perspectives are enough to make them insufferable. I...

Sara rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 06, 2017

Well, for the first time I actually want to throw a book in the trash.

Liz rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 20, 2017

I won’t say that I hated this book - if that were the case, I wouldn’t have finished it. It was a close thing though. I’m just glad it was fairly short and fit into the few small intervals of time that I had to read this week. The decent… The characterizations of Chloe, Rachel, and Ellie, I though...

Rachel rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 07, 2017

Thank you BOTM for the early release! I am disappointed with this book. The writing style was good, but I feel that the whole plot was a mess, no point to the story. I wanted the characters to evolve more, to me they were flat and depressing, and the lifestyle is pitiful. Wouldn't recommend.

Chelsea rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 13, 2017

Oh Book of the Month. I guess I am glad I had a free credit and didn't pay for this. Beautiful writing, shit characters, empty ending.

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2017

I got the best gift ever for Christmas: Book of the Month Club membership for a whole year! :) First up: Lucky You by Erika Carter. A few reviews I've seen for Lucky You mention a lack of character development being a problem for them, but I actually felt like I had an intimate understanding of th...

Casey rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 07, 2017

I really wanted to like this book, but I found all the characters so unpleasant. I loved the premise, but it was work to get through.

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

January 08, 2017

****Spoilers Below**** * * * * * * * Sometimes you just need a book about life. Not necessarily your life, or a life with out of the ordinary circumstances, but a life that is different from your own. That is what Lucky You, by Erika Carter, is for me. There isn’t a big plot twist that screams “got ya!”...

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