“Fly! There’s a lot of sky out there for brave birds”

The Good Luck of Right Now is a book written by Matthew Quick who is better known as the author of the Silver Linings Playbook.

The antic fonts and comely birds printed on mint-green cover of this book caught my attention in the bookstore. And a quote by Carl  Jung,  ”The word HAPPINESS would lose its meaning if it were not balanced with sadness” on the front. That time I was sure I’d buy the book, so I did.

Here’s a little synopsis of the story:

Bartholomew Neil—a man who lived thirty-nine years of his life with his mother,  has to step out into the real world alone when he lost his mother because of brain cancer. 

As Bartholomew ventures out into the world, Father McNamee— an also struggling priest, arranges a grief counselling for him with a student psychologist Wendy. Eventually, in a “group” therapy, he met a foul-mouthed Max who lost his cat and he who keeps talking about aliens and alien abduction. Then he met Elizabeth, sister of Max, who turned out to be the Girlbrarian (girl librarian) he likes.

The story reaches its zenith when the four of them except Wendy take a road trip to Canada which ended revealing and heart-breaking but inspiring.

The novel is in epistolary form which made me love the book more. Epistolary, it means that the story is told through series of letters.  In The Good Luck of Right Now, Bartholomew is writing letters to Richard Gere, telling the stories. The letters are quite funny, but insightful and full of wisdom.

Words I love from The Good Luck of Right Now:

“Why is it that the people who are very good at answering difficult questions never get asked difficult questions, while people like me are always being forced to do things that are seemingly impossible?”

“To change our lives, we must first acknowledge that our present situation is not satisfactory”

“We don’t know anything. But we can choose how we respond to whatever comes our way. We have a choice always. Remember that!”

“And what is reality, if it isn’t how we feel about things? What else matters at the end of the day when we lie in bed alone with our thoughts?”

“Have you noticed that far too often the best people in the world lack power?”

“Nobody knows anything when they are in their midtwenties”

“The problem is that madmen do all of the pretending and action taking”

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

“The world likes money better than truth”

“People are not evil or good. It’s much more complicated than that. Much”

“Believing- or maybe even pretending-made you feel better about what had happened, regardless of what was true and what wasn’t”

“-What happens to things is not important. Pray that your heart will be able to endure whatever happens to you in the future – your heart must continue to believe that the events in this world are not the be-all and end-all but simple transient unimportant variables. Beyond the everyday ins and outs of our lives, there is a greater purpose— a reason”

“No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hopes, that’s our real disaster”

What is The Good Luck of Right Now?

“The Good Luck of Right Now” is actually a philosophy of Bartholomew’s mother that means despite of all the bad things that happens to you, someone somewhere in the world is having a good one and if something good happens to you, something bad will happen to someone. It’s like balancing the good and the bad things in this world.

That’s why it’s a novel one should read, it’s real, warm and clever. It will make you treasure all the good in your life. And will make you realize that it’s normal to have bad days, you just have to accept it and be glad that someone is happy out there.

Where to buy? I think it’s not easy to find a physical book for this one. I don’t see this at bookstores, just that one store where I bought my copy. But I found a preloved one online. You can check it here.

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  1. “To change our lives, we must first acknowledge that our present situation is not satisfactory” – that’s my favorite because I can totally relate on this, if you want to change something, you have to know exactly what it is, accept and take action!

    1. Ooohhh seems like a nice read, so many life lessons and quotes to love and live by. Just like the ocean, the sky is wide for us to go and conquer. I love books that give quotes that I can use for my everyday activities.

  2. This seems an interesting story. I like this quote “Nobody knows anything when they are in their midtwenties”. When you reach 20, seek for experiences.

  3. I think this is a good book because the protagonist is completely relatable. We’ve all been to the same situation when we had to do things for the first time. It’s awkward but we had to do it. As for the quotes, they are all lovely and completely true.

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