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
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
Not only does Ned pick the time immediately post ...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'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
The structure of this book is a bit disjointed. I actually didn't like having the diary parts interwoven with the text. I wasn't very interested in Natalie's past relationships because I didn't know those characters as well.
What I found entrancing was Winn Scotch's segmenting of life ...more
Natalie is at home on leave from her job while going through chemo, her boyfriend ditched her after she was diagnosed with cancer, and she is trying to continue on with her job despite this setback. A lot of time is spent working through her anger and frustration at her current situation, bu ...more
First off, this is not my typical genre of reading. I don't particularly enjoy modern realistic fiction, if you look at my reading list you see that. I found this book on sale somewhere (Big Lots maybe) and I figured why not.
I didn't really like the main character Natalie (in fact, I had to look at the book to get her name right). I suppose that she's written that way on purpose. She's a self-absorbed, upwardly mobile yuppie that is annoying as she is superficial. She has a very entit ...more
The story line hit a series of emotions. Anger, happiness, lust/love. If you are interested in a good, simple, story with ...more
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
This book is eight years old. Cancer treatments have changed a little. So ignore some of the information. It's outdated. The nausea isn't such a problem any more. Low white counts are caught sooner and treated. Buy a cheaper wig from Pau ...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
As Nata ...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
While ma ...more
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