The Department of Lost & Found
“Allison Winn Scotch is the real deal and The Department of Lost and Found is one you absolutely won’t want to miss.”
—Johanna Edwards, author of The Next Big Thing
“Funny, touching, tender, true….I loved it.”
—Pamela Redmond Satran, author of Suburbanistas
A Redbook Magazine Editor’s Choice, Allison Winn Scotch’s sparkling debut novel, The Department of Lost and Found, is a...more
What upset me was the attitude of 'entitlement' that permeates the entire book. The idea that someone who has an almost perfect life for 30 years, but who then has it a little bit tough for a short period of time is hard done by... just left me really shocked.
It made me wonder if the author has any idea that for a huge percentage of the world's population...well, they would give anyth...more
Not only does Ned pick the time immediately post...more
When I first began this book I found it very hard to read. I'm a breast cancer survivor myself and although it's been a little over twenty years it still hit very close to home. In fact I had to remind myself that it wasn't happening to me all over again, it was happening to Natalie.
I also didn't really like Natalie all that much in the beginning but I suspect I wasn't supposed to. Cancer is a life changing journey and I found Natalie's evolution to be realistic. It wasn't long be...more
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...more
What makes this chick lit, you ask? Well, Natalie is battling with cancer, so we've already got a major page-turning plot here. But then, Scotch throws more elements into the mix! Which is great! But not when she throws in too many elements such as - Natalie's st...more
I can say that reading this book came at a perfect time for me. It really helped me put my friend's life and death into perspective. The story was wonderfully written. I loved every word of this book!!
I think it is honest, in a way, not to overdramatize her life - cancer patients are the only ones who can really understand and being over anything is probably unhelpful. But I've read So much for that...more
My favorite line was: "What you have to know in all of this, through all of this, is that no matter how lost you are in this...more
When Natalie is given her diagnosis, her current boyfriend dumps her. She sets her sights on contacting the five true loves from her past, to find out why their relationships didn't last. I thought that t...more
I was worried at the beginning that she was just going to go find her old boyfriends and it would be really awkward. Fortunately that is not what happened and instead she learned a lot about herself and the person she wants to be.
I felt like I had a lot in common with Natalie throughout the book and not because I am self centered or feel as though I am entitled to a perfect life as some reviews state below. More because she is at a crossroads in life where she can either continue in...more
Also, I found it hard to like the...more
The message of this novel was to find it within yourself to become the person you are meant to be and not let anything get in your way, even yourself. I can absolutely relate to the message, which made the reading more meaningful to me.
Winn Scotch's best friend died of breast cancer, which is why she chose her protagonist to hav...more
I started this book a few months ago and set it aside because I thought it was just another book about a woman battling cancer. I picked it up again and I'm so glad I did. Not only did it deal with her disease, her world was turned upside down when she learned that the senator she worked for was as crooked as all the others. When she delved into why her former lovers never stayed, she learned the truth about herself. A captivating read.
As an author, I know how brutal reviews can be, so I'll only post about books I've enjoyed. (Just in case you're wondering why all of my reviews are positive!)