Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

The Good Luck of Right Now

Call it fate. Call it synchronicity. Call it an act of God. Call it . . . The Good Luck of Right Now. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes an entertaining and inspiring tale that will leave you pondering the rhythms of the universe and marveling at the power of kindness and love.

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.

A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more


Not sure how to classify The Good Luck of Right Now except for a contemporary. It was a fast paced read – I read it in one sitting! Which is SO rare for me!I had only picked it up to read a few pages to see if I was in the mood for it – I wasn’t sure.. and then BAM I was just reading one page after the other and I looked down and was 50 pages in and figured “well I must be in the mood for this if I’ve read 50 pages in and haven’t even thought about stopping.”

The Good Luck of Right Now is about grief, and friendship, synchronicity and coincidence .. life and what it means to be human. I loved it! I love the theory of “The Good Luck of Right Now” whch in essence is – whatever luck you have now, be grateful for it, and when you have bad luck, remember that someone else at that exact moment is experiencing good luck, so be happy for them – it balances out.”

Even though this book is about grief – and all the forms it can take, and people who don’t necessarily fit into the standard ordinary mold (really who does on closer inspection) .. it’s very uplifting. I found myself cheering Bartholomew, the main character on and I wanted him to find what he was looking for.

The Good Luck of Right now is a beautiful read; I love books that make you think about different philosophies on life. I loved the format, a novel written in letters – I just finished Love Letters to the Dead (another one I loved, reviewing coming in April when it releases) and it’s very much like a diary format except instead of just writing in a diary they are addressing their thoughts to a person.

I do have to say I guessed the “big surprise” that had alluded the Bartholomew until nearly the end, but that’s not what the book was about in my opinion. It’s not a mystery so it didn’t bother me I figured it out. I was more interested in what the Bartholomew’s reaction would be to the revelation.

The more we live the more we lose – as in those we love, things – important and not, and this book is like a balm for wounded souls everywhere. It just fills you up and reminds you that life goes on, and no, it might never be the same, but it has the possibility to be good. We have the potential to make something of ourselves no matter what age we are or what our pasts have been.

The Good Luck of Right Now makes you feel your humanity and your place in it, and it’s very much a feel good book. I can’t wait to read The Silver Linings Playbook, I didn’t realize Matthew Quick was the author of that one as well, so I will read that and then watch the movie which has gotten rave reviews.

The Good Luck of Right Now

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  1. I thought Silver Linings Playbook was a great movie, though I haven’t read the book so I don’t know how good an adaptation it is (and now I’m kind of scared to because I loved the movie so much).
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    • I can’t wait to see the movie, I love Jennifer Lawrence! Yeah, I know what you mean about being scared to read the book after loving the movie! I get that way sometimes too!

  2. I was just thinking of picking this book up! I read The Silver Linings Playbook recently, and I loved it, so I was curious to try other books by Quick. This review was perfect timing. 🙂
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