The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick Audiobook Review

the good luck of right now audiobookBook: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick, Harper Audio, February 2014

Book Info: Audible Purchase. Contemporary Romance. Running time: 7 hrs, 51 mins. Read by: Oliver Wyman. Also available in hardcover from Harper, 355 pages.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

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Matthew Quick’s latest book, The Good Luck of Right Now, is a coming of age about a man learning to live on his own after his mother’s death. Bartholomew is pushing 40 but has missed a lot of social milestones, like making friends, having a drink with a girl at a bar, or getting a job. He’s working on his personal growth strategy by writing letters to Richard Gere, an actor his mother admired.

Like Quick’s other books, The Good Luck of Right Now is offbeat and filled with quirky characters, with a focus on mental health, religion, and personal discovery. It’s happy, sad, heartwarming, strange, and very entertaining.

Bartholomew Neil’s story plays out through his letters to Richard Gere. He spends his time going to church, talking with family friend, the recently “defrocked” Father McNamee, and studying up on Buddhism at the library. His crush on the “Girlbrarian” is another reason that Bartholomew needs a lot of study time.

Bartholomew also has an angry voice inside of him that eats at him and he has a lot to work through. Bartholomew’s grief counselor wants him to work on his self-improvement goals, and to be more independent. He meets a kindred spirit at a support group. Max is grieving his beloved cat, and his Tourette’s means the f-word appears almost every other word in his scenes. In what Bartholomew would call synchronicity, it turns out Max is the girlbrarian’s brother.

The action shifts from Philadelphia to Canada when the group of misfits leave town on an important cat/dad finding mission.

The title plays very much into the philosophy of the story, and refers to the flip side of bad luck. Bad, terrible things occur to the characters in the book, and Bartholomew’s mother taught him to put a positive spin on bad luck. Maybe their bad luck means someone else will have good fortune. It’s a theme that comes up time and again.

I listened to the audiobook, performed by Oliver Wyman. Wyman does an outstanding job with the narration, and really inhabits the characters. His Bartholomew is kind and sincere, but Wyman also brings that angry voice to life as well. I also really enjoyed his voice for the cat obsessed, foul-mouthed Max. The book is so cinematic in feel like Quick’s Silver Linings Playbook and benefits from Wyman’s skilled narration.

Though this book is written with an adult audience in mind, I think that it definitely has YA appeal, with its unconventional coming of age story. I really liked this offbeat story, and since there is a movie in the works, I’m already trying to cast it in my head. I hope Richard Gere makes a cameo at least! If you like quirky, heartwarming books about road trips, mental illness, and self-discovery, or Matthew Quick’s other books, this one might be right up your alley.


13 thoughts on “The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick Audiobook Review

  1. This is the first I’ve heard of this and while it’s not YA, it sounds like it deals with a lot of topics that teens usually go through.

    The narration sounds wonderful, too!

    1. Lucy says:

      It really does read YA, though the characters are much older. Hope you give it a shot – just think of the manicure possibilities! You could stencil a little fortune cookie 🙂

  2. bookgoonie says:

    I most definitely am going to look for it & on audio. I just loved the twists & quirks of Silver Linings, so I really must get moving on all he has published. I know way too many people that never left home. 40 year old coming of age = entertaining.

    1. Lucy says:

      Glad to hear you want to try out the audio! I agree about wanting to catch up with all of Quick’s work- he has such a unique way of looking at the world, it’s refreshing. Bartholomew’s story is one we don’t often read about, and I can’t wait to see what you think.

  3. I really love all of Matthew Quick’s books. If I didn’t have an insane audiobook pile, I think I would totally grab the audiobook. Instead, I’ve got the ebook and I am totally going to try to make it my next ebook read after I finish going rogue. I like the concept of your bad luck might mean someone else is fortunate.

    1. Lucy says:

      Since this is an epistolary novel, I’m sure it will be a great read in print as well. Can’t wait to see what you think, April! I hear ya about the audiobook pile 🙂

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    I love offbeat and look forward to reading this book!

    1. Lucy says:

      I’m eager to hear what you think of this one, Kathy! It’s definitely offbeat 🙂

  5. I am quickly (hehe) becoming a fan of Matthew Quick’s! Loved this book and just finished his YA SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR. Bliss!

    1. Lucy says:

      I just picked up Sorta Like a Rock Star from paperback swap! Glad to hear you liked it. I’m slowly making my way through them.

      1. YAY! let me know what you think! 🙂

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    Everyone seems to love this author.

  7. kay says:

    I had no idea the book was aimed at an adult audience! It’s interesting as I have seen it on many YA blogs, and the summary sounded very YA. Now I am even more curious of reading it.

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