By Matthew Quick
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
I only used part of the Goodreads description because I feel like it’s a bit spoiler-y. This is an adult book, but I think it would be a good transition book from teen books to adult books.
I think my favorite character was Max. Normally, my favorite characters are the narrators. Max, however, was entertaining. I didn’t worry about him, I didn’t look down on him and I cared about him. I liked how he expressed his thoughts and he was a very interesting character. In less words, Max was a real scene-stealer.
This book was enjoyable. It had so many fabulous elements. I couldn’t help but compare it to Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. I feel like Leonard was a far stronger story and the writing was more powerful. The Good Luck of Right Now is more warm and fuzzy, especially at the end. I think that this book has firmly established the fact that I will read anything by Matthew Quick. I’ll especially look forward to his teen literature.