Is it possible to have it all? Can you live life on your own terms without judgement? It wasn’t until I saw the cover for So Lucky that I noticed I am totally a sucker for well-designed book covers.
We meet three different women – single-mum Ruby is battling parenthood with 3 year old, Bonnie, alongside a medical condition that feels like a shameful secret and a fraught relationship with her mother. Beth is risking burnout by trying to plan a high-profile celebrity wedding with her young assistant, Risky, while simultaneously pumping breast milk for her 4 month old son who is being looked after by her stay-at-home husband, Michael. And last but not least, we meet Lauren, the perfectly Instagrammable celebrity bride whose wedding is being planned by Beth’s company. While we get to see directly into the lives of Beth and Ruby, the only lens through which we learn about Lauren is either through her Instagram posts or through the eyes of the other two women’s narratives.
Some aspects of So Lucky will touch readers quite personally as it discusses the impact of social media including abuse from trolls. Lauren’s depiction is fairly stereotypical – she’s an insta-celebrity posting a facade of perfection yet she is essentially a victim of insecurity with a troubled background. However, her obscurity means that as the three women are thrown together on her wedding day, an avalanche of baggage about her past comes thundering down. Oddly enough, one peripheral character related to Lauren plays a part in the lives of the other women – a plot twist I felt was unnecessary to the storyline.
Where So Lucky excels is its essential premise revolves around perfection and how society has fallen victim to glossy and unblemished images that are completely unobtainable and unrealistic ironically created by people who are less than perfect themselves. The storyline is boldly written and Ruby’s behaviour around her condition will resonate with many women, as will her difficulties with managing motherhood. Her character development turns out to be the best in the book and she comes into her own once she’s able to shed herself of her insecurities and see her life quite clearly for what it is. There’s a lot to be said about Ruby’s character that I found relatable compared with the narratives of the other two women.
Dawn O’Porter has written a thought-provoking book for the chick-lit category with a little light-hearted and saucy humour. With some poignant moments to dwell on, this quirky and sharp-witted story of three women is a quick and easy read with some surprising twists along the way.
- I purchased my copy of ‘So Lucky’ from Waterstones Piccadilly.
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- ISBN: 9780008126070
- Number of pages: 400