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So Lucky by Dawn O'Porter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 2 days
Pages - 400
Publisher - Harper Collins
Source - Review copy
Blurb from Goodreads
IS ANYONE’S LIFE . . .
Beth shows that women really can have it all.
Ruby lives life by her own rules.
And then there’s Lauren, living the dream.
AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS?
Beth hasn’t had sex in a year.
Ruby feels like she’s failing.
Lauren’s happiness is fake news.
And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…
Fearless, frank and for everyone who’s ever doubted themselves, So Lucky is the straight-talking new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller.
Actually, you’re pretty f****** lucky to be you.
Three main characters,, Lauren we only really hear/meet through her instagram posts and captions, Ruby, mum to a three and a half year old and struggling with so many aspects of her life, motherhood, body image and interactions with just about everyone. And Beth, attentive husband, job planning weddings to the stars, beautiful baby - she has it all or does she?
The story focuses mostly on Beth and Ruby, Lauren gets her time but as I said only from what she posts on Instagram, it isn't until a good bit in we get to hear or see any actual interactions behind the Instagram posts. Beth may look like she has everything going on but really her husband hasn't touched her since she got pregnant with the baby. His mother is overbearing and the more Beth tries to initiate any kind of sexual contact the more her husband reacts negatively. We saw the cause and effect of that. Ruby is a character that is really hard to warm to, we know she has body images, we know something happened to ruin her relationship with her husband. Her interactions with her child is hard to read at some points but as the story goes on we get a better understanding of who Ruby is and why she behaves as she does.
The book has quite a few dimensions to it, we have body image, relationship breakdowns, gas lighting so subtle that the person affected is completely oblivious. Looking at "the perfect life" the person living it and actually what the reality is underneath the superficial beautiful curtain presented to society. Sex has a huge chunk of the book so if you are easily offended this book will not be for you. Some graphic chat/scenes, some humour, awkwardness and even cringe scenes that will make you laugh out loud, blush or even a tad mortified.
This is my first time reading this author so not sure if this is the vein her other books take, if it is I need to read them. Funny, bold, mortifying and more than a few scenes that does make you sit and take stock. How much do we see, read, hear in our own lives that make us question or even act/behave or want certain things. How we behave, how we are manipulated, how hard we are on ourselves and really how we should be kinder to ourselves and enjoy what we have and embrace who we are. That actually makes the book sound really heavy and it isn't, I laughed more than a few times but it does have a mix of really serious topics/undertones linked in. Normally when chapters go from character to character you get a bit annoyed as you want to follow the thread but I actually enjoyed following all the characters and seeing what was coming next for them. 4/5 for me this time, I look forward to seeing what O'Porter brings next and need to see her previous stuff!