400 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Netgalley Arc
Dawn O’Porter’s latest release So Lucky makes you think about everytime you’ve looked at a snippet of someone else’s life and decided they’re just “so lucky” based on your assumptions. We follow three women; Ruby, Beth and Lauren, three different lives brought together by one event, the wedding of the year of Lauren to Dragon’s Den millionaire star Gavin Riley.
Ruby is a single mother who works from home as a photo retoucher; she both knows and loaths the impact her retouching has on the body positivity of those she’s retouching and the people that see the resulting images.
Beth, wedding planner and new mother to baby Tommy has returned to work much earlier than expected leaving her husband at home looking after Tommy. To her assistant and the outside world she’s got everything going, an amazing job, dream project and a super progressive and supportive husband.
Lauren is a model and Instagram sensation who appears to be living the dream to her thousands of followers; while she speaks supposedly candidly about her anxiety online there are few people who actually listen to how she’s feeling.
Alternating between Ruby and Beth’s narrative perspectives and snippets of Lauren’s Instagram feed which was a great way to break up the text and incorporate it as it plays such a large part of the story. We follow all three women and their families in the run up to the wedding; my personal favourite was Beth and her relationship with her ever so slightly overbearing mother in law.
Initially, I thought this was going to be a bit predictable but I my suspicions were completely wrong and I’m so glad they were. This is refreshing, female-driven that’ll make you laugh out loud at the same time it makes you reconsider the judgements we make about people from what they post online.
If you enjoyed The Cows then I would put money on you enjoying this one; So Lucky is out on 31st October, you can order you copy∆ with free worldwide shipping from Book Depository now. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy this in exchange for an honest review.