The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Matthew Quick writes some of the best quirky and unique characters. Bartholomew's world is turned upside down when his mother passes away. As he's going through her stuff he discovers a letter sent to supporters of The Gere Foundation in support of protesting the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. His mother was a HUGE Richard Gere fan and raised her son to be a big fan too. (I mention this because it's important but I'm not going to tell you why it's important you need to read the book to find out!)
Besides being a Richard Gere fan, Bartholomew is a regular at both the library and church. Father McNamee is trying to help during this difficult time and enlists the help of Wendy to help Bartholomew through his grief. Bartholomew is reluctant to see that Wendy is any help, since she wants him to change. When Father McNamee defrocks himself and moves in with Bartholomew things go from quirky to strange...but enjoyably so.
While at the library Bartholomew does some intense research and also spends time admiring The Girlbrarian. The Girlbrarian who's real name is Elizabeth, is sister to Max. Max just happens to be the guy Bartholomew is paired with when he goes to group therapy. Max is mourning the loss of his cat. Max's dream is to go to the Cat Parliament in Ottawa, Canada. Father McNamee wants to take Bartholomew up to Toronto. So the four of them head out on a road trip together.
It took me a bit to get into this story, but slowly I found myself really drawn into the characters and the plot. Bartholomew and Max are both special needs characters and their dialogue took awhile to adjust too. While I didn't feel like I could connect to any of the characters, I definitely was invested in their stories. Elizabeth and Father McNamee, even Wendy, are all struggling with their own issues and they are all intertwined with Bartholomew's journey to finding out where he belongs in life.
This book is a must read!
I received an ebook ARC for an honest review.