Feb 5, 2012

The Department of Lost and Found

I read so many books in January I don't have enough time to post them all throughout the week so I thought I'd start and end this week with reviews - which means a surprise Sunday (and then later Saturday) post! However, I'm probably not going to be able to review them all here, so be sure to friend me on goodreads if you want to keep up with what I'm reading! 

The Department of Lost and Found by Allison Winn Scotch

My rating: 4 stars

Quick overview from goodreads: It didn't start out as the worst day of Natalie Miller's life. At thirty, she is moving up the political ladder, driven by raw ambition and ruthless determination. As the top aide to New York's powerful female senator, she works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it, even if the bills she's pushing through do little to improve the lives of the senator's constituents. And if her boyfriend isn't the sexiest guy alive, at least he's a warm body to come home to. Then he announces he's leaving. But that news is barely a blip compared to what Natalie's doctor tells her: She has breast cancer. And she can't cure it by merely being headstrong. Now the life Natalie must change is her own. 

All her energy, what little of it she has left, must go into saving herself from a merciless disease. So when she's not lying on the sofa recovering from her treatments and indulging in a curious addiction to The Price Is Right, she realizes it's time to take a hard look at her choices. She begins by tracking down the five loves-of-her-life to assess what went wrong. Along the way, she questions her relationships with her friends, her parents, her colleagues, the one who got away, and, most important, with herself: Why is she so busy moving through life that she never stops to embrace it?

I really enjoyed this book. I knew of the author Allison Winn Scotch, but I'd never read anything by her. The subject of the book is heavier for sure, but the story pulls you in, and you feel the highs with Natalie, and the lows.

I'm learning to appreciate more and more as a reader, especially the perspective it provides. For awhile you get to be an observer of another life - you can sometimes anticipate things they cannot. This is what I found during this story. I could see where there the story was going - not because it was predictable - but because it was how I wanted it to end up, and at times when Natalie would do things I would get frustrated, saying "Don't you see he is not right for you?" or "Why are you being so stubborn?"

This book was full of some amazing one-liners - just thoughts or musings that stuck with me after I finished reading it. (I read this on my kindle, so again, not totally sure of exact page locations!)

"So I sat in his office, and I tasted the horror that comes from discovering you're not invincible..."

"I'd read once that brave men aren't those who never sense fear. The brave men are the ones who sense fear and keep walking toward it. I wondered if it counted if you didn't have a choice in the first place."

"You don't what you're capable of surviving until you're forced to survive it."

I know this story was about a woman with cancer but even though I've never been in that situation, I could completely relate to the character.

It wasn't all doom and gloom either - there were plenty of times when I was laughing, and there were even times when I was surprised by a turn in the story.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book - not surprisingly it's about my favorite season.

"October had set in, and it has always been my favorite month: the one where the air still captured the warmth of the previous season but also hung with the promise of the fall chill."

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you read anything else by this author? Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!


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