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The Department of Lost & Found In this hopeful, humorous, and astonishingly deft debut, Allison Winn Scotch explores what happens when a young woman thinks she s lost everything that matters and ends up discovering what s truly important This is a novel that will leave you taking stock of what s important in your own life and never letting it goIt didn t start out as the worst day of Natalie Miller s life At , she is moving up the political ladder, driven by raw ambition and ruthless determination As the top aide to New York s powerful female senator, she works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it, even if the bills she s pushing through do little to improve the lives of the senator s constituents And if her boyfriend isn t the sexiest guy alive, at least he s a warm body to come home toThen he announces he s leaving But that news is barely a blip compared to what Natalie s doctor tells her She has breast cancer And she can t cure it by merely being headstrong Now the life Natalie must change is her ownAll her energy, what little of it she has left, must go into saving herself from a merciless disease So when she s not lying on the sofa recovering from her treatments and indulging in a curious addiction to The Price Is Right, she realizes it s time to take a hard look at her choices She begins by tracking down the five loves of her life to assess what went wrong Along the way, she questions her relationships with her friends, her parents, her colleagues, the one who got away, and, most important, with herself Why is she so busy moving through life that she never stops to embrace it As Natalie sleuths out the answers to these questions, her journey of self discovery takes her down new paths and to unexplored places And she learns that sometimes when life is at its most unexpected, it s not what you lose that makes you who you are it s what you find 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 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 diagnosis to confess he s been planning on leaving her for another woman, but coping with chemo knocks Natalie for six, and her relationships with those closest to her start to change, too It s scary stuff.To read the rest of the review, please visit Trashionista I might have liked this book better if I had read it when it was new, but now it feels pretty dated, both in specific mentions everyone has a BlackBerry and nobody texts they email and in attitude Very readable, although I really didn t care much for the protagonist Then again, she s pretty standard for this era of chick lit andlikable than a lot of them , and I can definitely see how the author has grown such a devoted community over the years. 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 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 before I was routing for her and by the end of the book I had become genuinely fond of who she had become.I highly recommend this book In spite of the subject matter it is in no way a depressing read Rather it is the funny, thoughtful and somewhat philosophical story of a cancer patient who realizes that she alone is responsible for making her own good fortune That s uplifting, not depressing Natalie Miller an ambitious thirty year old NewYorker is ruthlessly moving up the political career ladder as a senator s primary aide when she is diagnosed with breast cancer I side with the reviewers who didn t care much for this book which tries to combine Chick Lit with personal tragedy The main character is difficult to like, even as she is soul searching and trying to reconnect with past failed relationships I think the author was going for a character with an upbeat attitude even though Natalie Miller an ambitious thirty year old NewYorker is ruthlessly moving up the political career ladder as a senator s primary aide when she is diagnosed with breast cancer I side with the reviewers who didn t care much for this book which tries to combine Chick Lit with personal tragedy The main character is difficult to like, even as she is soul searching and trying to reconnect with past failed relationships I think the author was going for a character with an upbeat attitude even though faced with a serious illness, but somehow chemotherapy and shopping at Bloomingdales only the BEST for her just didn t work I had a tough time, both caring about snooty Natalie and finishing this book That said, I think my daughters about her same age may like it 2 stars 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 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 wanted this book to be different More on a commentary of the harsh realities of a young woman coping with the realities going through recovery on her own, versus trying to find meaning in her life by digging through her little black book and obsessing over her ob gyn or her exboyfriend 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 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 and an excellent read 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Unbeknownst to me.Somehow I always end up reading books about women with Breast Cancerwhich is kinda weird since my mom passed away from breast cancer Happiness to anguish, suffering to rejoicing, this book has it all I kept reading hoping that she would beat the odds and not end up a statistic like my mom It made my heart happy to hear that she was triumphant. I really enjoyed this book easy, quick read, and I could relate on many levels with the main character A solid chick lit overcoming odds story.


About the Author: Allison Winn Scotch

I m the author of a bunch of novels, including BETWEEN ME AND YOU, IN TWENTY YEARS, THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES and TIME OF MY LIFE 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


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