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“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

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Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published (first published May 1st 2007)
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Jodi
This book really upset me, but not at all in the way most of those who wrote reviews here were upset by the book.

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
Erin
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Keris
Ever since I heard about Allison Winn Scotch's debut novel, The Department of Lost and Found, I've been looking forward to reading it. It's about Natalie Miller, political assistant to the senator of New York (shades of Hillary Clinton!) who's a total workaholic. Then one day her boyfriend Ned discovers a lump in her breast and... I'm trying not to use a cliche like 'her whole world turns upside down' but honestly, her whole world does go A over T.

Not only does Ned pick the time immediately post...more
Jessica
While I appreciate the author's attempt at melding a chick lit scenario with the harsh realities of coping with cancer, I wasn't charmed enough by the heroine to invest her recovery or indeed her journey. I felt that the author had stretched my sympathies too far asking me to care about her recovery, her relationship with her mother, her devotion to her career, as well as the men she found her self drawn back to. I abhor that all female writers of a certain age are classified as chick lit, and w...more
Denise
I put this book on reserve at the library many weeks ago. Last week I received word from a friend and former co-worker that she has stage 3 breast cancer. The protagonist in this book has stage 3 breast cancer. From the fresh wound of knowing that my 44 year old friend is facing the greatest battle of her life--this book hit me hard. What a "timely" read for me. I felt that the story was very realistic as to what a person goes through when facing the diagnosis of cancer. It is very well written...more
J&B Reviews
Excellent book.

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
Becky
I really enjoyed this book. I knew of the author Allison Winn Scotch, but I'd never read anything by her. The subject of the book is heavier for sure, but the story pulls you in, and you feel the highs with Natalie, and the lows.

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
Gina Durst
As much as I wanted this book not to be chick lit, I think I do have to classify it as exactly that. Which is very disappointing, really. (Not to say that chick lit is bad, it's just that this would've been so much better if it wasn't.)
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
Catherine McKenzie
This potential difficult subject is treated gently and with grace. Allison always finds a way to take a situation you think you know and give it enough of a twist to keep you interested. This book is no exception.
B Ware
5/14/14. Young, ambitious, politician's right hand finds she has breast cancer, just as her boyfriend is dumping her. She starts treatment trying to keep u her real life, but finds it's pretty tough to not take care of herself first, then run her highly active life. She goes thru chemo and sees a shrink and decides to contact her 5 major boyfriends to see what went wrong and find herself. All the while she has a demanding boss, two best friends, parents who are distant and starts to see her gyno...more
Jennifer Chow
3.5 stars. I really had a difficult time liking the main character, Natalie. She is just very hard and mean at times. However, I admire the way that Allison Winn Scotch takes her through a journey of self-discovery.

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
Cyndi
I've had this book on my shelf for a while now and finally picked it up. Just after starting it, I had a friend die from cancer. I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the book since it also deals with cancer.

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!!
Amarie
I enjoyed this book. I think I enjoyed -The Theory of Opposites- more. In my opinion, I think I prefer books I can relate to. But nevertheless, I enjoyed this book. It flowed really well and the author always provides just enough detail. None of the overly-defined situations where they describe way too much of a single thing. The 1st person narration makes it an easy follow.
The story line hit a series of emotions. Anger, happiness, lust/love. If you are interested in a good, simple, story with...more
Leticia
Not sure what I expected. The main character is a 30 year old pretty well off woman working as a senator's adviser who finds out she has breast cancer, is dumped by her boyfriend and starts a diary while hunting down exes, being generalky mad and a bit shallow and trying to make the best out of it.
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
Allison
Apr 02, 2008 Allison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The Department of Lost and Found just came out in paperback! Yay!
Lisa
This book borders on being chick lit but doesn't quite cross over that line because the characters have enough depth to keep it from being one of those mindless kind of reads. The topic is obviously heavy since the main character has cancer but the theme of the book is about how she takes this really crappy experience and uses it as a catalyst to make changes in her life.

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
Brandie
I really enjoyed this book. Inspiring and uplifting.
Linda
I really enjoyed this book. The main character is diagnosed with breast cancer. She keeps a diary while reflecting on her past as well as her future. I found myself contemplating my own life. How would I change my life if I found myself in her shoes. The main character searches for her past loves to discover what went wrong with each one. She is surprised by what she finds. Sometimes, people change after a diagnosis. I enjoyed this book a great deal. Cancer didn't change her life but gave her a...more
Shonda
Natalie Miller loves her life. Why shouldn’t she? She’s the top aide to a senator, young and determine and has a great political career ahead of her. The world Natalie carefully built comes crashing down when her doctor informs her, she has breast cancer. In an instant, her live-in boyfriend breaks up with her, her career is in jeopardy and whether she wants to or not, Natalie is forced to reflect on her life as she confronts her own mortality while fighting this life-threatening disease.

As Nata...more
Peebee
Allison Winn Scotch is one of my favorite chick lit authors (even if I think she gave me a Twitter virus right after I started following her recently), and this one was the only one of hers I haven't read yet. Even thought it was fairly predictable and tied things up a little too neatly, it still was a good read. She nails what it's like to work in politics (which is why I don't) and it feels like she nails what it's like to have cancer at a young age (although I haven't experienced that myself,...more
Laurel-Rain
When your whole world turns upside down with three little words, you'd think that nothing else can affect you so deeply. But after her cancer diagnosis, Natalie Miller's boyfriend Ned is out the door so quickly, it's almost as if he wasn't ever there. Plus, her high-powered job with a senator is "on hold" while she recovers, and then over the months that follow, with the ravages of chemotherapy and all the accompanying side effects to being ill, Natalie begins to look at everything in her life w...more
Anastasia Cynthia
Well, gue review kilat aja ya. Chicklit satu ini lagi-lagi berbeda dengan buku-buku yang gue pernah baca sebelumnya; pada umumnya chicklit punya pembawaan yang mengusung tema ceria, tapi "The Department of Lost and Found" ini malah mengusut perjalanan dari seorang penderita kanker bernama Natalie Miller (Nat). Dikisahkan pada sinopsis bahwa Nat memiliki sebuah kehidupan yang sempurna. Nyaris sempurna tentunya, pacar yang memiliki pekerjaan yang aneka ragam. Sebuah kedudukan yang keren, yang memi...more
Missy
I LOVED this story! I wasn't sure I was going to like it in the beginning, because the story focused not only on Natalie's cancer, but her job and love life also. The story comes together nicely, it is not all doom and gloom about her illness.....there is even romance thrown in for good measure.

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
Joanne
Natalie Miller is faced with fighting breast cancer. She’s in her 30s, a successful aide to a NY senator and recently single after her boyfriend admits he’s involved with someone else days after her diagnosis. Initially, I found Natalie very selfish and angry about her illness disrupting her career. As the book progresses she makes not only physical healing progress, but also she is able to be more giving and psychologically well balanced. Her threat with death made her a better person.

While ma...more
Victoria
You'd think a book about a woman with cancer would be very sad and depressing but this book was anything but! You actually start out with a not too nice impression of Natalie, she's an assistant to a Senator and she pulls no punches in getting her job done, making the Senator look good, even when it comes to spreading rumors about opponents. She is surrounded by female support, her friend, Lila, who previously dated Natalie's gynecologist, Zach, and her best friend, Sally, a reporter, who is get...more
Tracy
I am not sure how this book wound up on my "Must Read" pile. When I got the book via paperbackswap and read the back, I thought, "Oh no, this is going to be some sappy story of a woman who tracks down her old loves and then finds the right guy in one of them. How did this end up on my reading list??!!" Seriously. But this story wasn't about this at all. (The author should fire her people for approving the summary on the back of the book and the person who approved the title). The lead character...more
Kathleen
Initially, I didn’t really like the main character’s personal or professional behavior. She was far too self absorbed in her personal relationships and unethical in her professional. The book open with the main character’s dealing with breast cancer treatment and follows her treatment of almost a year. The description of her cancer treatment reflected the author’s personal experiences with a close friend and substantial medical research. And that, dear reader, roped me in. While I have witnessed...more
Emily Brown
Great book!!!


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
Kelly
After reading "Time of My Life" by Scotch a few months ago, I was anxious to get my hands on this, her first book. Scotch manages to take a very serious subject, cancer, and develop a story that is at times touching, at times hilarious, and at times achingly raw. In her book jacket bio, the author says that she lost a close friend to breast cancer and wanted to write a book with a happier ending. She accomplishes what she set out to do, but the reader is not spared any of cancer's wrath in the p...more
Anica
I am seriously indecisive when it comes to rate this book. On the one hand, it has a flawless writing style and you could read it fast and easily. But on the other hand, something was just missing. Because I found myself skipping some pages towards the end. Not because it was really boring and all but some things just bugged. Plus, the whole ex-boyfriend thing annoyed me. I am still not sure why that part needed to be in that book after all. I just didn't get it.

Also, I found it hard to like the...more
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