written by Samantha Stroh Bailey
published by Samantha Stroh Bailey
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour for Finding Lucas through CLP Blog Tours. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a quick, easy read that kept me entertained. I read it every free chance I had.
The main character, Jamie, was an average girl who didn’t see herself as anything special or beautiful. Her boyfriend, Derek, was a big ass. I would have dumped him so much sooner in their 5 year relationship. He also seemed borderline abusive – mentally, not physically. Derek also had some ego issues. Andrew, Jamie’s new boss, was great. He and Jamie are so much alike and had gone through some of the same things. Jamie’s roommates – all I can say is, oh my! But Amy was such a sweetheart.
There were so many moments in this book that made me laugh out loud. I laughed so loud that my son asked me what was so funny. The scene in the hotel when Jamie is talking to her parents made me chuckle. My favorite scene was the talk show segment at the end. That was fantastic! I loved it and it had me smiling until the end of the book.
The one part that didn’t sit that well with me was Jamie’s post-breakup makeover. She did basically what Derek had wanted her to do all along. Why now? Why after the breakup? That was my thought during that process. But all-in-all, this is a great chick lit read with a happy ending.
Would I recommend it: If you like chick lit and want to have a quick, fun read, then definitely pick this book up!
Will I read it again: I may not.
About the book – from Goodreads: Can you ever really go back to the past?
On her fifth anniversary with boyfriend Derek, Jamie Ross finds herself in a Montreal hotel room wondering how the carefree guy she met in a Chicago bar has turned into “the quintessential metrosexual.” Weighed down by Derek’s disdain for her second hand wardrobe, her unusual family and her low-paying job as an associate producer of a daytime talk show, Jamie reaches a breaking point. And when her new boss plans to reunite lost loves on the show, she remembers Lucas— the boy she’d loved and lost ten years earlier. What follows is a quest that is at times hilarious and at others disastrous as Jamie’s life transforms from run of the mill to absolutely crazy. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she’s looking for?
About the author: Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old. Sadly, it was rejected, but a lifelong passion to write was born.After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other writers.Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on Mommyish.com and many other publications. Samantha also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics.She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.