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Identity Theft by Laura Lee
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bookshelves: literary-fiction, contemporary

Identity Theft deals not with identity theft as we know it, but the psychological implications of identity. How much of our identity is wrapped up in how other people see us? This is one of the issues examined in this quirky book by Laura Lee.

The story is told from the points of view of three characters: Candi, who finds herself in debt and working for a company that is downsizing - her escape from her problems being a near obsessive compulsion with the 1980s rock star, Blast; Ethan, who works for Blast in the office doing everything nobody else wants to do; and Ollie Thomas, whose onstage persona Blast is definitely not who he really is.

One simple decision sets the course of these three people on a collision course that is unavoidable and the book revolves around what happens to these characters over the course of several months and how the "theft" of one person's identity affects them all.

Ms. Lee does a great job on the characters. It was always very clear who was being featured. There is no "villain" in this story, per se. Even Ethan, who is the catalyst that sets everything in motion, is not unlikable-- he's a bit of a loser, but he's a likable loser. And, he grows a lot during the course of the book.

In fact, all of the characters grow and change as a result of their interaction with each other.

Identity Theft is a very enjoyable book and one that does not follow a predictable formula. It was an easy read at under 300 pages. 4 stars
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Started Reading
April 6, 2015 – Finished Reading
May 3, 2015 – Shelved
May 3, 2015 – Shelved as: literary-fiction
May 3, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary

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message 1: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Goldberg I can imagine the theft of one's identity can be disturbing in so many ways. Sounds like a good read.

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