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Finding Lucas

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  311 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Can you ever really go back to the past?

After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad-boy-turned-metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She's had enough of his sneering disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family, and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago's sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss pla
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published April 18th 2012 by Samantha Stroh Bailey
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Sep 12, 2013 Corie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of "chick lit"
Recommended to Corie by: Patricia Mann
I must stipulate: I am NOT a chick lit scholar. I barely understand the formula and I am not well read in the genre, being introduced to it only recently. However, I know when I have been entertained by a book, and I was hugely entertained by this book. In my personal rating system, if an author has something to say, and she says it in a way that takes me out of myself and makes me laugh, think, squirm, cry or just FEEL for her characters, and she does this with the kind of effort you can sense ...more
Aug 11, 2012 ELIZABETH rated it it was amazing
Finding Lucas.. was absolutely brilliant. I fell in love with Ms. Samantha Stroh Bailey's writing, as well as her characters. It had everything, from Friendship, Relationships, and Love. From my perspective it was understanding your true self! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.. Funny (the banter will have you in stitches), Sweet and Relate-able. Cannot wait for another novel written by this incredibly talented author.

Jackie Bouchard
Sep 20, 2012 Jackie Bouchard rated it it was amazing
I read this on a long flight and it was just the distraction I needed! I hate to fly: I hate the waiting; I hate being folded up in the tiny little bit of space; and I especially hate turbulence. So, on a recent looong, occasionally bumpy flight, this was perfect to keep me interested and amused and a happy camper when I would normally be a terribly miserable person!

The story is a fun take on that "what if" idea we've probably all had at one moment or another when wondering about a past love. Bu
Susan Buchanan
Nov 13, 2012 Susan Buchanan rated it really liked it
If you liked Bridget Jones, you will love this!

I really enjoyed this book and in reality if I could have, I would have given it 4.5 stars
I like the fact it's set in the US and so I could travel around a little bit with the book. Jamie's dysfunctional family reminded me a little of Gaylord's family in Meet the Fokkers! Derek, her boyfriend, made me want to hurl, or kick his head in (in good old Glasgow fashion!) What a condescending prat. I can't believe she was with him. The financial agreement
Tracie Banister
Jan 20, 2013 Tracie Banister rated it it was amazing
I'd give this book six stars if I could! Finding Lucas is one of those stories that's so clever and entertaining you hate for it to end. I enjoyed this novel from the first line (and it's quite a memorable one!) all the way to the last page. Well-paced, funny, and beautifully written, I really couldn't have asked for more. The author has such a deft hand with her characterizations. Everyone populating the book, from insecure heroine Jamie to her super successful BFF Hanna to her controlling, app ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Amelie-reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
I think I've never enjoyed the reading of a romance/comedy book (well, the genre is called "chick-lit" but there are books that are more suitable to fall under this denomination than this one)as much as I've enjoyed this.

I refuse to include this book into that category of books previously mentioned, because, even thought there is nothing wrong with those and it's always good to read that kind from time to time, this book is much more than a love story. In fact to me, the book is mainly about fri
Samantha Janning
Jun 19, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Finding Lucas from Samantha Stroh-Bailey in exchange for an honest review. This book opens to Jamie Ross celebrating her five year anniversary in Montreal with her boyfriend Derek. A weekend that should be filled with romance and feelings of happiness, it turns out to be the opposite for Jamie. Since when have her Derek been so off with one another? What happened to the laid-back guy with long hair she first met – and how did he become a metrosexual with too much hair gel an ...more
Meredith Schorr
Jul 23, 2012 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing
Derek, the chain smoking, rebellious, easy going guy 32 year old Jamie Ross fell in love with five years earlier, has become a judgmental, prissy metrosexual who, along with his mother, is always trying to change Jamie into someone she is not. Jamie knows she is not happy in the relationship. EVERYONE knows she's not happy but five years is a long time to invest in someone and things have to get better, right? Wrong. After an encounter at the grocery store between Jamie, Derek and Claire, (Jamie ...more
Wendy Janes
May 10, 2013 Wendy Janes rated it really liked it
Jamie knows that her relationship with Derek isn’t working any more. In five years he’s changed from a loving, carefree guy into an uptight, critical grouch. He’s scornful of every aspect of Jamie’s life, from her choice in clothes to her eccentric family to her job as associate producer on a daytime talk show. The show is planning an episode about reuniting people with their lost loves, which gets Jamie wondering whatever happened to her first love, Lucas. Will she find him? Will they still hav ...more
Crystal Serowka
Sep 16, 2012 Crystal Serowka rated it it was amazing
We all go day by day questioning the what-ifs of life. What if I had stayed in bed today? What if I went on that second date with him/her? What if I married him/her? For Jamie Ross, what if she stayed with her high school boyfriend, Lucas? She is smitten with the idea of how her life could have turned out had she stayed with him. She imagines herself being happy and not in a constant state of discontent.

From the beginning, you feel for Jamie. Her live-in boyfriend, Derek, treats her like she's t
Julie Valerie
Jan 26, 2013 Julie Valerie rated it it was amazing
This book review posted on "Chick Lit Chit Chat - a gleeful gallop through the Chick Lit genre" found at Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, readers: This is a great book. You should read it. Writers? You should also read this book. Here’s why: Scenic roads throughout the world offer places to pull off and park your car to take a break, take a photo, have a picnic. Reading books offer a similar experience. Moments in the nar
Kristin Jones
May 22, 2013 Kristin Jones rated it it was amazing
Finding Lucas has all the qualities I have grown to love in a good chiclit novel, all the heartbreak and humor that makes you love each scene. The main character, Jamie, has a bit of each of us in her, a bit of our uncertainties and self-esteem issues. She also has the unrealized potential and beauty that just takes the right person to ignite. I started the book hoping for a light book to start off my summer reading, but ended up emotionally pulled into the story and couldn’t put it down. I only ...more
Sep 23, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Oooh! I love this book. One of my Favourites for sure, i haven't slept since i picked it up. In my ways Jamie's journey reminds me of mine, without the romance and HEA, which i adore. I could easily relate with her. I honestly adore the way the story progressed. Loved it.
Cat Lavoie
Jul 27, 2012 Cat Lavoie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's smart and funny and a great read. Highly recommended! :)

I purchased this book after I finished reading A Girl Like You and wanted read something similar. Let me just start by saying that Finding Lucas was no way near as entertaining as A Girl Like You.

My problem with this book was the MC. She's everything I hate in MCs. She's a pushover, doesn't have any ambition, kind of a slob (her feet habit was disgusting), has no self-esteem. Bottom line, it was a nightmare being stuck in her head for over 300 pages. Don't you hate character
Lisette Brodey
Jul 23, 2013 Lisette Brodey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit

Finding Lucas is a gem for chick lit lovers. Filled with quirky, funny, offbeat characters, and an unconventional family, author Samantha Stroh Bailey takes the reader on a crazy and laugh-out-loud journey with her heroine, Jamie Ross. Thirty-two year-old Jamie breaks up with her boyfriend of five years, Derek. Although she never regrets the decision, she is left with a void in her life that needs filling. When the TV talk show that she works for decides to do a story on finding old loves, Jamie
Francine LaSala
Jan 02, 2013 Francine LaSala rated it it was amazing
I think every girl has had the experience of being trapped in a bad relationship well past its expiration date, as well as a period of being somewhat lost in life, and then "coming of age" well beyond the typical age of coming of age. Oh--and also believing there's maybe some misstep from the past that once corrected, can make things right again. That's what makes this story really resonate. I was 100 percent behind Jamie in her quest to find Lucas. (Well, until... Oh forget it!) The characters ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing

Well I need to brag about this book. I think I need to disclose that it was first a comedy,then it was pure chick lit. Jaime is my beloved main character and she was a hoot! The real star of the book is not really any one person but the idea of a "different kind of family". The not-so-perfect couple Derek and Jaime open the book with a 5 year anniversary vacation. To be honest I felt bad for Jaime, she was in a five year relationship with a complete and total moron. When they first started datin
Lucie Simone
Jan 23, 2013 Lucie Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-won
This is one of those books that I knew I would love from page one, and I was so, so right. The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking, Why is this not a NYT bestseller? Why is Samantha Stroh Bailey's book not sitting on a front table at Barnes & Noble next to Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella? Because, trust me, this book is every bit as good as your favorite chick lit classics. First of all, Stroh Bailey's writing is hilarious. I mean, there were so many times I nearly rolled ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
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 al
Aug 17, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Have you ever thought of a love from your past and wondered what could have been? Maybe you were too young or your lives split to pursue an education or career. Or maybe things were too good and you ran or you just didn't think that person was right for you at the time. This is what Jamie finds herself asking after breaking up with her boyfriend of five years, Derek. What would have happened if she stayed with Lucas and would they still have a connection if she found him ten years later?

Jamie is
Sep 16, 2012 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Jamie is in her early thirties, living in Chicago with her boyfriend Derek, and we meet both of them on their Fifth Anniversary, while they are taking a trip in Montreal, Canada. But...yes, there's the but... Jamie is just not feeling the love that she and Derek once so passionately shared. They have just become, or rather, Derek has become a man that is unrecognizable, in a posh sort of way, and Jamie, finally calls it quits, but of course she will face and hear some outbursts from her now ex-b ...more
Libby Mercer
Nov 04, 2012 Libby Mercer rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the opening sentence - and what an opening sentence it was! The premise of Finding Lucas is one I believe we can all relate to. I think we all wish deep down that we could try again with someone memorable from our pasts (well, those of us who are single, that is.) With all her hopes, insecurities and uncertainties, Jamie Ross is a very relatable character and one you can't help but root for.

Like other reviewers, I absolutely adored the supporting characters in this wonderfully
Dec 30, 2013 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I think I was hesitant to read this for a while because the concept of women reuniting with past boyfriends is overdone when it comes to chick lit. However, I am SO glad I gave this novel a chance because it was adorable, clever, funny, and all around entertaining. Samantha writes such strong and memorable characters and should earn an award for writing the best version of feminine hygiene product for Jamie's boyfriend, Derek. He was just beyond awful and I can tell she had fun making him comple ...more
Patricia Mann
Aug 03, 2013 Patricia Mann rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with all the characters in this book as soon as I was introduced to each of them, except for Derek and Eva, the two who were so much fun to hate! The friendships between the women were so realistic and touching. The family situations were hysterically funny but also heart-warming and sent a strong message about the beauty of all types of families, as unconventional as they may be. The romantic journey I got to take with Stroh Bailey's lovable main character, Jamie, ende ...more
May 28, 2013 Janine rated it it was amazing
This was one of those feel good, fun to read books. It was referred to me by another friend and I was glad I read it. Right from the beginning, I was sucked in by the crazy, colorful characters. There were many of those laugh out loud moments too. Jamie is stuck in a dead end relationship with one super stuffy boyfriend who is more concerned how she looks and acts then just loving her as she is. She finally breaks it off with him and tries to find an old high school lover she hasn't spoke with i ...more
Sonja Yoerg
Feb 20, 2014 Sonja Yoerg rated it it was amazing
Finding Lucas tells the story of Jamie, a character as vivid and entertaining as any reader could wish to meet. I don’t normally read chicklit (although I LOVE Chiclets) because I find often find the stories heartless. Finding Lucas is anything but, and I found myself cheering for Jamie as she dumped her stick-up-the butt boyfriend and embarked on a mission to find an old flame. Really, though, she was searching for what people typically seek at her stage of life—herself. Alternate title: Findin ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Allyson rated it it was amazing
Oh wow I loved this book! Finding Lucas had me completely and totally hooked! I had a book hangover this morning because I couldn't put it down last night! This romantic comedyis a must read! I could even see myself reading it over and over! I have been waiting for this book to either come out in paperback or for me too get my kindle and it was worth the wait! Jamie is great she has major self esteem issues but watching her wrong them out with her friends and family made me laugh outloud numerou ...more
Davina Giove
Jan 30, 2014 Davina Giove rated it it was amazing
Chick lit!!
Amazing and funny!!
Easy to read!
A good book that won't make you break your head!!
Cant wait to read more of her!
Lynn Marie Hulsman
Jul 07, 2014 Lynn Marie Hulsman rated it it was amazing
I bought this book from Amazon because I like smart, funny, Chick Lit and it's becoming increasingly harder to find. Mind you, I like froth and simple stories and lap up that style of writing with a spoon. Finding Lucas gave me the fix I need, but so much more.

Our heroine, Jamie Ross, is a relatable and engaging girl. However, she's complicated, quirky, neurotic, bitchy at times, misguided, under confident, and bristly. Plus, she's fairly blunt about what she does and doesn't like in bed (and,
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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. No
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