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The Last Time I Was Me

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I wrapped up my grandmother's tea cup collection and my mother's china, then grabbed a violin I'd hidden way back in my closet that made me cry, a gold necklace with a dolphin that my father gave me two weeks before he died of a heart attack when I was twelve and, at midnight, with that moon as bright as the blazes, I left Chicago. When Jeanne Stewart stops at The Opera Ma ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Kensington (first published 2008)
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ★'s

I've had this one on my TBR list forever and was happy to finally get to it...even if it's a little different.

Jeanne's life has had quite the upheaval in the last few months and she decides to start somewhere new. She intends to make it all the way to Portland, Oregon where her brother lives but she stops in a small town about an hour away and falls in love with it.

This book is classified as more of a woman's fiction genre with a little romance. Unfortunately, I didn't know that and whil
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Rossy
Feb 02, 2010 Rossy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a smarty pants heroine, who can also be vulnerable
Recommended to Rossy by: Tammy
The blurb makes you assume this will be a depressing book about a woman who was wronged, which is really not what this book is about. It's about a woman who has a lot grief and has never given herself the chance to do so. Her cheating boyfriend snapped her out of her numbness of it all though, and she now has to find herself. Here is the thing though, her journey is nothing but HILLARIOUS! Do not get me wrong, there are times where i felt her suffering almost as if it was my own. *Total kudos fo ...more
Gail
Apr 04, 2010 Gail rated it it was amazing
This book is over the top, slightly implausible, uproariously funny and full of quirky, slightly unhinged characters. You root for a happy ending.

Jeanne is an angry, articulate, and in her own words, "slightly unhinged." She is full of grief and anger. She kills her high powered career in advertising with her honest words given at a conference. She sells her spiffy sports car and drives to Oregon. There she stays until she decides whether she would drive her new-old SUV into the Pacific Island.
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Janelle
Jun 03, 2010 Janelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: both feminist and conservative women
Shelves: 2010
Can't figure out how many stars to give this, perhaps by the end of this review I'll figure it out.

The main character, Jeanne Stewart, is a broken woman who has the most creative smart mouth but also the most shattered of broken hearts. She doesn't take crap from anyone but goes home alone and cries and drinks herself to oblivion every day.

Part of me really likes Jeanne Stewart, she's sassy, smart and not afraid to speak what's on her mind. But then she comes across as a feminist and incredibly
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Karalee
May 22, 2009 Karalee rated it it was amazing
My mom recommended this book to me and was raving about how good it was to the point that I almost felt like it couldn't live up to the hype. Then I read it and it was SO GREAT. This book is about a woman, Jeanne Stewart, who has a number of bad things happen in her life over a long period of time. She continues to repress her emotions and anger about those things until ultimately she snaps and has a bit of a nervous breakdown (in a hilarious way). The book is about how she begins to put her lif ...more
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Jackie says:

Oh, the smart-a%% in me fell in LOVE with the main character Jeanne, a former creative director of an advertising firm who had a very public nervous breakdown during a presentation to 834 shallow advertising schmucks (which she actually called them, by the way). This is after she was brought up on assault charges for exacting a little revenge on her live-in, dead beat, VERY much cheating boyfriend (I'll only tell you that this attack involved a glue gun and a very embarrassing trip t
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Liz
Dec 11, 2011 Liz rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
I did not like this book at all. I read it for my book club and the majority of them enjoyed it, but I thought for realistic fiction it wasn't very realistic. Can you really be involved in a murder plot as fantastical as that and no one gets caught? Or assault someone and have no repercussions? The anger management aspect of the book was strange to me also. Those characters were odd. I did not like the main character and maybe that is just because I could not relate to her experiences or how she ...more
Miss Kim
May 01, 2010 Miss Kim rated it really liked it
This was my first Cathy Lamb book, and I’m very pleased with this ‘random grab’. For those that enjoy chick-lit occasionally, I do recommend this one.

I loved Jeanne. She is abrasive, witty, endearing, and she loves hot shoes! She relocates across the country after a public nervous breakdown, and a scuffle with the law. She ends up a small town in Oregon, and begins to rebuild her life.

I tore thru the first half in one day, and then it either lost steam, or I got too busy and lost my momentum wit
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Bill
Mar 25, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
RANT & RAVE ... RANT & RAVE ... RANT & RAVE ...

First the RAVE. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and fell in love with Jeanne Stewart!

3.5/5 ... I'm rounding up to 4 stars! Delightfully heartwarming, uplifting and humorous read with lots of lmao moments that I so desperately needed after the psychological trauma I endured from my previous read (YOU) and a close encounter with the Big C (oh that gosh darn prostate).

Life has thrown Jeanne Stewart a series of wicked curve balls! Jeanne is t
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Jo
Nov 08, 2009 Jo rated it it was ok
I seem to be the only one who doesn't really care for Lamb's writing style. I thought the anger management counselor character too over the top again to be believable. Instead of quirky I find some, maybe most, of her characters and dialogue to be cartoonish.
Larina
Apr 04, 2012 Larina rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jackie
May 12, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: folks who like Boston Legal, Brothers and Sisters, etc
Oh, the smart-a%% in me fell in LOVE with the main character Jeanne, a former creative director of an advertising firm who had a very public nervous breakdown during a presentation to 834 shallow advertising schmucks (which she
actually called them, by the way). This is after she was brought up on assault charges for exacting a little revenge on her live-in, dead beat, VERY much cheating boyfriend (I'll only tell you that this attack involved a glue gun and
a very embarrassing trip to the hospital
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Sarahbeth Holdgate
Jan 22, 2009 Sarahbeth Holdgate rated it it was amazing
A must read for any women having made change in her life! It made me cry, laugh and contemplate! There are many statements and comments that go right to your heart giving you strength and forgiveness. This is a funny and serious story of a woman sick of the relationship/career wars. She breaks down, runs for solace, finds a place to call home, meets interesting hometown neighbors and is involved in a murder. Her heart and soul are filled guiltless amounts of home made pancakes! I've read it twic ...more
Ruth
Jun 14, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok
***Spoiler Alert!***

“It would make a good film!” To be honest, that is what this book immediately reminded me of – watching scenes at the movies that have been designed to visually titillate, shock, excite or provoke extreme reaction. The cynical part of me wondered if Ms Lamb secretly dreams of motion picture glory! To be fair, maybe it is just the first person narrative device she employs, where the reader experiences all events through Jeanne Stewart’s eyes, which makes the story seem sometim
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Mary
Feb 14, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is the second Cathy Lamb book I have read and I found it difficult to have to put it down to come back to real life. It is the kind of book, where you just want to curl up on the coach, the deck, the patio, where ever is your favorite comfy spot and just read, read, read.

Jeanne Stewart is a woman who will get under your skin, in a good way, and take you on a journey that every woman can relate. Perhaps you have not experienced ALL aspects of her story, but some are certainly familiar and r
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Del
May 19, 2008 Del rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Del by: an anonymous bookstore customer
Despite my best intentions, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I work in a bookstore, and when a customer called to ask whether we had Cathy Lamb's first book, she Would. Not. Stop. talking about how much she enjoyed The Last Time I Was Me. As the line of customers approaching my register grew, the woman on the phone nearly pleaded for me to read this book. "You'll LOVE it!" She carried on for so long that I finally conceded. Sheesh.

Despite my best intentions to *Not* enjoy a book I initially dismi
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Judy Mann
Jun 26, 2015 Judy Mann rated it did not like it
Let me be very clear here. I gave up-I mean throwing this ridiculous book across the room-is how I gave up at the point that she - whatever the hell her name is- decides that the only way to rid herself of her anger is to run naked along the river - at night. Okay that's only half of it- BUT as she is running naked up the river-at night- she slams into a GORGEOUS - I mean GORRRGEOUS- prince charming who presses against her naked body and asks her all these darling heartfelt -ohh so quirky questi ...more
Tamara
Oct 24, 2010 Tamara rated it did not like it
Weak writing and even poorer editing -- you know it's a bad sign when you find 3 grammatical mistakes in the first 15 pages and neither the author nor her editor know the difference between "imminent" and "eminent".
Kathryn
4.5 stars
The Last Time I Was Me by Cathy Lamb was not quite what I was expecting, however I loved it and read it any chance I had. This book covers a large number of important issues, but with such humour the reader does not ( or I didn't) become burdened by everything that has happened. I am not going to list all those issues, because to do so may give away some of the plot. There are a number of secrets, and by the end of the book I wasn't sure if we'd found them all out or not! Jeanne is a re
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Amanda Morgan
Jan 11, 2015 Amanda Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I wish this rating system had 1/2 stars because I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5, I loved it. The book was funny without being dumbed down with a female protagonist who was easy to cheer for throughout her mental breakdown. From high-powered advertising Creative Director to shame of the industry, Jeanne Stewart has reached the point in her life where she has realized that her entire professional career has been a joke and turns it into a very public revelation. Jeanne goes down in flames wh ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I love Cathy Lamb's books and have read all three of them. I believe that Jeanne Stewart is actually my favorite character as she is not only deeply flawed but she is also opinionated and has a great deal of 'sass'. Besides her mental breakdown (I've had a touch of the nervous breakdown before so I understand what motivated a lot of her actions), Jeanne is unemployed, an alcoholic, depressed and in anger management class for an 'assualt' on her treacherous philandering deadbeat boyfriend of two ...more
Coco
May 23, 2011 Coco rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Fabienne
Dec 31, 2012 Fabienne rated it it was ok
I stumbled on this book quite by accident. I was mindlessly pinning things on Pinterest when I saw this book listed on a stranger’s board. She described it as one of the best books she’s ever read. Curious, I went to Amazon to read the reviews. Many people claimed they liked this book against their better judgment. The word “funny” came up over and over in the reviews. Figuring I could use some humor in my life, I downloaded it to my Kindle (it was only about 6 bucks).
This book has me scratching
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Dennis Dupuis
Dec 04, 2014 Dennis Dupuis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly a hoot to read. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read that's well done and fun from start to finish. If nothing else, the characters in the anger management class will keep you on your toes and shaking your head (east & west) as each deals with their own demons. Guaranteed to get your ire up, tickle your funny bone, and touch your heart before all is said & done. Thanks Cathy! Dennis (Pap) Dupuis Lobster Tales, Life Lessons, and Laughter
ines M
Jul 21, 2015 ines M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant!

I totally loved this book!
Loved the characters, loved their background stories and loved the pace the author developed. The added sense of humor is perfect.
Even if I would not think of myself anything like Jeanne, I find her person, her feelings and her behaviors , if not absolutely real at least ingenious.
It is the first time I read a book from this author. And it won't be the last!
Suzie Pinkham
Jun 17, 2009 Suzie Pinkham rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I didn't want to finish it because I felt like these characters were personal friends of mine! I am tired of reading books that are predictable from chapter one and this definately is not. It twists and turns in bizarre ways and the storytelling is refreshing and entertaining!
Rachelle
Jun 20, 2010 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chic-lit, 2010-reads, own
I loved this book. I never wanted the story to end. Jeanne Stewart is the type of character I could read about forever, an imperfect opinionated wreck. The trials she endures as she tries to put her broken life back together...an ex-boyfriend she names slick d**k, a dead body, and a strange group of unlikely friends from anger management classes.
Gina
Jan 17, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it
Cathy Lamb is my favorite author- there's just something about her writing style that makes me happy. This story contains less shocking grief than some of her others but it's a great story nonetheless.
Trish Evans
Aug 10, 2013 Trish Evans rated it really liked it
Although this book started out a bit slow and had some dark moments, I enjoyed it tremendously. Cathy lamb made me cry and laugh out loud. I'm talking full out belly laugh. Cathy Lamb has earned a spot on my great authors list.
Nancy S
Mar 19, 2015 Nancy S rated it it was amazing
Sadness mixed with laugh-out-loud humor.
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Cathy Lamb was born in Newport Beach, California. As a child, she mastered the art of skateboarding, catching butterflies in bottles, and riding her bike with no hands. When she was 10, her parents moved her, two sisters, a brother, and two poorly behaved dogs to Oregon before she could fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a surfer bum.

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