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The Sock Wars

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  422 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Lucy Tuttle is a workaholic financial planner whose biggest worry is how to line up the sticky notes on her desk just so, until her free-spirited, vivacious aunt dies in a car accident halfway across the world.

With her last remaining family member gone, a landmark birthday approaching, domestication closing in, and her faltering biological clock a never-ending reminder of
Paperback, 198 pages
Published December 27th 2012 by Createspace (first published December 2nd 2012)
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Mar 24, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I dithered about a star rating before deciding on a 3.5. There was a lot that bugged me about this book. Considering that it is only 196 pages it got draggy in a lot of places. It also didn't help that the book's message shifted more than halfway through to a conclusion that did feel right to me, but it came completely out of left field.

The main character Lucy Tuttle is a puzzle to me. She's almost 30 when this story begins and is knocked for a loop when her Aunt Maren dies in an accident. Lo
Mindy Conde
Sep 27, 2013 Mindy Conde rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
I got this ebook from NetGalley, it was the first time I'd received a book this way and was excited to dig into this book that sounded so intriguing. In some ways I really enjoyed this book, but unfortunately, most of the rest of the time was spent hoping I was almost at the end. It was interesting, but the main character's struggles with grief just got so monotonous that it got a bit wearing. I know that sounds harsh, people grieve in their own time and I know that. Its just that I don't feel t ...more
Debbie Young
Dec 26, 2012 Debbie Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book by chance here on GoodReads and was intrigued by the catchy title and cute cover. I read it to wind down for the Christmas holidays - a great choice.

It's a witty, observant and poignant story of how financial consultant Lucy Tuttle, about to hit the big 3 0, comes to terms with the loss of her only relative, a much-loved, unconventional aunt. The late Aunt Maren is a little like the aunt in Graham Greene's wonderful "Travels with my Aunt" but in New York in the 21st centu
Dixiane Hallaj
Dec 25, 2012 Dixiane Hallaj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy keeps her life in perfect order—no surprises, nothing out of place. She looks forward to being part of the "perfect family" she missed as the child of a single mother forced to work long hours in her often-vain attempts to keep food on the table and the lights on. When her only relative, an unconventional and untidy aunt dies, Lucy tries to cope with a host of unsettling changes. Along the way, she meets many of her aunt’s friends and gradually realizes that perfection has different meaning ...more
Lise K
Feb 06, 2013 Lise K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable book with believable, likeable characters and a story that is easy to relate to. The story is a thoughtful exploration of scripts people find themselves living out and measuring themselves by, and what happens when the script doesn't fit anymore. I read the first chapter as a short story (Irish Drinking Socks) distributed for free on Kobo, and I wanted to know what happened next enough to buy the rest of the book. I would highly recommend picking up the free short story ...more
Mar 15, 2013 T.R. rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story of one woman's journey towards self-discovery, conquering grief and past pain, and healing her inner wounds. The tale unfolds slowly, almost poetically, and the ending is refreshingly unconventional. While the title and cover suggest that this is more along the lines of a cute, chick-lit-y read, this is not the case. The Sock Wars is an intelligent, highly enjoyable work of psychological fiction which will have readers entirely engrossed in the life of the main characte ...more
May 29, 2013 Samhy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, ebook
Lucy Tuttle's world changes suddenly when her beloved aunt dies. With no relative left, she has to figure her life on her own. Is she going to give up on her flat in Manhattan to a house in Queens? Is her boyfriend going to move in with her? What is she going to do with her job? Is her life the life she really wants to live?

I really liked The Sock Wars because somehow it rings true. It was nice and pleasant to read. I think anyone around their thirties, or feeling maybe they're not following eve
Jul 05, 2013 Jessie rated it really liked it
I received The Sock Wars after entering a giveaway here on Goodreads. The Sock Wars tells Lucy's story in the aftermath of the unexpected death of her beloved aunt. I think most people who have lost a loved one can relate to Lucy's story of being uprooted from their "normal" life and the confusion of coping with such a sudden, drastic change to their life. While I read The Sock Wars, I found myself feeling frustrated with Lucy because she was so clearly not living the life she was really meant t ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Lesley rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of The Sock Wars by Maia Sepp in exchange for an honest review.

Lucy's life takes an unexpected twist when her Aunt Maven dies in a car crash and Lucy inherits her house in Queens, which is in need of some serious renovating. Her boyfriend Oliver, of 2 years, convinces her that with a little bit of TLC , they can turn the house into a home that they can grow old in together.

The Sock Wars which is Maia Sepp's debut novel, takes you along on the journey as Lucy works through her
Feb 24, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
I purchased this book from Amazon because I love books with a story centered around fixing up an old house. I also loved the title and the cover of the book!! OK, shallow I know....but sometimes covers draw you in!!

The inheritance of the house by Lucy following the death of her beloved aunt and how her and her boyfriend subsequently move in to the house seemed like a good premise. I became interested in the story quickly as I was trying to relate to everything Lucy was feeling.

The other characte
Nancy Goldberg
Aug 19, 2013 Nancy Goldberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book this afternoon, and had to keep reading. I loved all of the characters, as well as the descriptions of New York, that added just the right touch.

The thing I loved most about this book was that although I am old enough to be Lucy's mother (or another aunt0, I can identify with everything Lucy is going through, especially recently. My friend and I found my parents on the floor of the home they've owned for almost sixty years, dehydrated and pretty sick. They had to move
Sep 23, 2013 Janet rated it really liked it
This novel by Ms. Sepp really struck quite a few notes with me. Her writing is quite good - she uses the technique of having the main character tell the story; and she utilizes that technique well. I believe that displays quite a bit of talent and bravery for a novelist. I found the situations believable, the dialogue realistic, the settings charming and interesting, and the characters engaging and sympathetic. I found myself emotionally involved in the outcome of Lucy's journey, and quite pleas ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
What an unexpected delight this book was! It's the story of a young woman who has carefully planned and organized every aspect of her life as a way of coping with a tumultuous childhood and a lot of anxiety. When her beloved aunt dies and leaves her her house, it changes everything for her -- how she sees herself, what she thought she wanted, what her life is and how she defines family. The book is beautifully written, with wonderful turns of phrase and poignant humor and such warmth. I cannot w ...more
Sarah P.
Feb 16, 2013 Sarah P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*first reads giveaway*

I was originally drawn to the book by the cute cover. I love mismatched socks. But once I read the book, I loved that too. The raw emotions that were conveyed were clear and reached out to readers. Lucy's loss left her to pick up the pieces of her life and start over. Her loss effected every aspect of her life. The book took readers through Lucy starting her new life and figuring out how to live life without her aunt, as she begins to live the life she always wanted.
Oct 09, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing
This was an easy read and totally unexpected. I got this free and just dove in not knowing what to expect. It was kind of sad and bittersweet at times. But the idea of living your own life and following your heart more than doing what others expect of you is quite a revelation that many struggle with. Lucy was well written coming from such a difficult childhood to her future. It made me sad as I read, but I did like the ending wrapped things up rather nicely
Apr 05, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
Oh, I really enjoyed this wonderful book. I had a year like the protagonist in the book, where every time I turned around, someone I loved was dying or dead. It was awful. Then, my beloved Uncle left me his house & between the guilt & the grief, I felt like I had fallen into a vat of quicksand. The author describes the grief & depression in very stark terms, which I appreciated. Why sugarcoat something so awful? Then, after the fog clears, she realizes a great truth about herself. TH ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it
Cleverly and clearly defined characters make this story of discovery of life and self a good, fast read.
Feb 04, 2013 Cryssa rated it really liked it
A delightful and fresh read.
Nerea Nieto
Not everyone can live the same structured life as everyone else, there are some people who can't fit the expectations of all those strangers who think they know better - but they judge, after all.

Turning their thirties, Lucy thinks she will be able to follow the path everyone has arranged for her, but it's not as simple as it seems and the death of her last relative - her aunt Maren - changes all.

I think this is the first time I read a novel and become attached to a character who is dead since t
Feb 19, 2013 Kay rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It came with a signature in the book and a personal note! Thank you Maia! This book tells the story of Lucy Tuttle who has just lost her aunt in a car accident. Earlier she had lost her mom and now she is alone in the world except for a very annoying and saving the earth conscious boyfriend Oliver. (Saving the earth is not why he is annoying.) Lucy inherits her aunts home and embarks on a rehab of the home and her life. Her Bohemian aunt's frien ...more
Justin Renquist
Sep 09, 2014 Justin Renquist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book

happy,.sad, adventurous dealing with a wide.spectrum of emotions all inside a.compelling, charming love story with a twist. I can't wait Maia Sepp's books!!
Jan 04, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Great reflections on grief, relationships, and the complicated choices to be made regarding parenting options in our post-feminist world. Easy read, some slow moments, but made me think of some of the choices available to my daughter's generation.
Aug 10, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A great weekend read. Actually I got to relax and enjoy this book on Mother's Day while my teenagers avoided fighting for the day. So that makes it am even better book.
Seriously it makes you live through Lucy's grief over losing her Aunt Maren, who spent free time with her because her single Mom was too busy working. As she works through this she has the most supportive boyfriend who's main fault is lack of desire to do laundry. It makes you laugh over the little situations in life. The author
Apr 05, 2014 Stacey rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Great read. Really enjoyable.
Mar 31, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Females of all ages
This book captured my attention immediately and I couldn't put it down. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it showed that even with your life falling all around you , happiness and contentment can be found.
The Sock Wars by Maia Sepp
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My Rating: 3/5 stars
My Review:

Lucy Tuttle’s life is neat, ordered and, perfectly aligned. She has a perfectly arranged desk, her apartment is ultra-modern, sleek and tidy and, as a financial planner, she has secured her future. The only real messiness in Lucy’s life is her über-hippy boyfriend, Oliver and her delightfully crazy aunt, Maren. The day crazy aunt Maren dies is the day Lucy Tuttle’s life turns ass over tea kettle and her neat and orderly life
Apr 04, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The book felt so real with all the emotions and honesty & life in general. I want to keep reading about Lucy's life.
May 12, 2013 Marl rated it liked it
This is a nice read. This is quite well written. Lucy was struggling with different emotional issues and decisions. I felt the author presented these issues very realistically and didn't "flower" anything. Sometimes in life we have to make difficult decisions that affect others and there really isn't a happy and/or win-win solution. They are just necessary and part of being human.
Jan 10, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun book

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the main character, and her friends. It's a very touching story between Lucy and Oliver. Whether they'll get married and start a family. Very realistic and true to common complexities of life. I highly recommend this book.
Jan 14, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
An interesting take on grief and living the life you were meant to live not the one others think you should live.
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Maia Sepp is an author of humorous contemporary and dystopian fiction. She left the tech sector to write about sock thievery, migraines, the future, and...the tech sector.

Her latest is a humorous near-future dystopian novella, titled, "An Etiquette Guide to the End Times," available now!

"The Sock Wars" is her debut novel. The first chapter of "The Sock Wars" was published as a short story/novel ex
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“It’s good to know that I’m not crazy, then.” “Well, you might be, dear,” she says mildly. “But not if you want to strangle him with yarn.” “He’s stealing my socks,” I lean forward and whisper. “They do that sort of thing,” she whispers back. “It’s okay, really.” “Sometimes I think that if I see one more of his socks on the floor I’m going to bury them all in the back yard.” She smiles again, the corners of her eyes crinkling merrily. “Well, if you decide to take that route, we have a wide range of shovels in aisle seven.” 1 likes
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