Review: Good Luck With That

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by Kristan Higgins

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Good Luck With That / B077CNXY2B

[Trigger Warning: Fat Hatred, Eating Disorders]

I want to say upfront I did not finish (DNF) this book. There are 39 chapters and a prologue, so 40 chapters total. I read the first 7 chapters, 2 chapters in the middle, and the last 4 chapters--13 chapters total I read, or almost a third of the book. I also heavily skimmed the parts I didn't read. I was looking, as close as I could, for something that would make this book stop being hurtful. In the beginning, in the middle, and in the ending, I only found more hurt.

Good Luck With That: Chapter 5

[Good Luck With That Content Note: Fat Stigma, Eating Disorders. Please take this content note seriously.]

Good Luck With That: I picked up an advance review copy of this book after some twitter hubbub about the cover copy being fatphobic. This is a record of my live-read on Twitter. I do not recommend reading any of this if you are fat or have lived with disordered eating.

Good Luck With That, Chapter 5 (and finished. done.)

(Tweet Link) Tonight we finish this book, #GoodLuckWithThat, by which I mean: I am done. I have read chapter 5 and chapter 6, I have skimmed the pages between them and the ending, I have read several of the end chapters. I'm done. Funnily enough, I don't feel as though the book beat me by getting me to give up. I feel as though I beat the book by refusing to play its game.

It *wants* you to read it for the rage or pain or voyeurism. I won't play its game. It has no power over me.

Labyrinth Quote: "You have no power over me!"

Good Luck With That: Chapter 4

[Good Luck With That Content Note: Fat Stigma, Eating Disorders. Please take this content note seriously.]

Good Luck With That: I picked up an advance review copy of this book after some twitter hubbub about the cover copy being fatphobic. This is a record of my live-read on Twitter. I do not recommend reading any of this if you are fat or have lived with disordered eating.

Good Luck With That, Chapter 4

(Tweet Link) Okay, here we go. #ANAGLWT. This is an attempt to read and review Chapter 4 of "Good Luck With That". Reminder that there is a LOT of fat stigma in this book and I honestly encourage fat people and people with eating disorders to mute "ANAGLWT" in their Twitter settings.

Good Luck With That: Chapter 3

[Good Luck With That Content Note: Fat Stigma, Eating Disorders. Please take this content note seriously.]

Good Luck With That: I picked up an advance review copy of this book after some twitter hubbub about the cover copy being fatphobic. This is a record of my live-read on Twitter. I do not recommend reading any of this if you are fat or have lived with disordered eating.

Good Luck With That, Chapter 3

(Tweet Link) I'm going to talk a bit more about this book and maybe read Chapter 3 tonight. Please feel free to go into your Settings and mute this hashtag; there's a LOT of fat shaming in this book.

Good Luck With That: Chapter 2

[Good Luck With That Content Note: Fat Stigma, Eating Disorders. Please take this content note seriously.]

Good Luck With That: I picked up an advance review copy of this book after some twitter hubbub about the cover copy being fatphobic. This is a record of my live-read on Twitter. I do not recommend reading any of this if you are fat or have lived with disordered eating.

Good Luck With That, Chapter 2

(Tweet Link) Okay, I'm going to do chapter 2 of this book, which is where the last owner of this ARC had to bail. We may have to review this book in pieces, like scribes copying out Cthulhic texts to preserve their minds. Go into your settings and mute to avoid seeing this.

Good Luck With That: Chapter 1

[Good Luck With That Content Note: Fat Stigma, Eating Disorders. Please take this content note seriously.]

Good Luck With That: I picked up an advance review copy of this book after some twitter hubbub about the cover copy being fatphobic. This is a record of my live-read on Twitter. I do not recommend reading any of this if you are fat or have lived with disordered eating.

Good Luck With That, Chapter 1

(Tweet Link) Okay, I'm going to do another #GoodLuckWithThat reading sprint. Mute in your Twitter settings if you need to; there's fat stigma in this thread.

Good Luck With That: Prologue

[Good Luck With That Content Note: Fat Stigma, Eating Disorders. Please take this content note seriously.]

Good Luck With That: I picked up an advance review copy of this book after some twitter hubbub about the cover copy being fatphobic. This is a record of my live-read on Twitter. I do not recommend reading any of this if you are fat or have lived with disordered eating.

Good Luck With That, Prologue

(Tweet Link) Okay, so do ya'll remember #GoodLuckWithThat? I have acquired an ARC of the book.

Open Thread: Tree Melt


Even in the places where a uniform cover of snow has fallen, it does not melt away to nothing at a uniform pace, instead a variety of factors influence the speed at which snow melts in a particular spot.  Factors like, say, whether or not there's a tree sticking out of the ground right there.

We have a special open thread set aside for discussion of The Last Jedi.  Please take any spoiler-having discussion of it there.

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Friday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Open Thread: Moderate Delays


On the twelfth day of Christmas, the day when this thread was actually supposed to be posted, the Red Line northbound was experiencing moderate delays.  Specifically, there was supposed to be a five minute wait between trains.  The delay made it take 22 times that long.  You know: moderate.

This was taken about half an hour in to the moderate delay.  Many commuters had already abandoned all hope and left the platform by that time.

We have a special open thread set aside for discussion of The Last Jedi.  Please take any spoiler-having discussion of it there.

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Friday Saturday Recommendations!  What have you been reading/writing/listening to/playing/watching lately?  Shamelessly self-promote or boost the signal on something you think we should know about - the weekend’s ahead of us, so give us something new to explore!

And, like on all threads: please remember to use the "post new comment" feature rather than the "reply" feature, even when directly replying to someone else!

Writings: This War of Mine


[TW: War, Violence, Children living in a war area.]

This is an older fic I wanted to share, previously posted on my blog and updated for this space. This was written after I played This War of Mine (available on Steam) for my YouTube channel and fell in love with the game; it's honestly one of the most immersive and emotional games I've ever played. You play a team of survivors in a walled city trying to survive a war while you wait for the war to be over and humanitarian aid to get through.

I wanted to repost this because the feeling of working together with others while in a high-stress environment trying to kill you feels relevant right now.