- The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Quick supplies one of the more unique narrators that I've come across in a while. Its hard not to enjoy Bartholomew, although its also hard not to get frustrated with him and the other characters at times. The entire character of the cursing cat-lover (other reviewers suggest he likely has Tourette's) was a bit much for me, including his alien obsession and coincidental relationship with another character. I was very much rooting for Bartholomew and I appreciated that he often showed himself to be wiser than he first appeared.
While the ending wasn't exactly typical, it was a bit tidy for my tastes. Then again, as I noted earlier, its really about the journey more than the destination and Quick certainly crafts unique and memorable characters. 4.5 for Bartholomew, 2 for the cat lover, and I suppose an ultimate 3.5 for the book as a whole...I'll round up where I need an even number. A unique read, with a unique and hard-to-forget population...while there are elements I'd have preferred to see done differently, I'll still say thanks to the folks at Harper for the introductions (and the review copy).
P.S. I did love the theory behind the title and may very well have to ramble about it sometime on its own.