Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey
Can you ever really go back to the past?
After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad-boy-turned-metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She's had enough of his sneering disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago's sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas, her first love and the boy she'd lost ten years earlier. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, Jamie goes on a hilarious, disastrous and life changing hunt to track Lucas down.
But are some loves best left behind?
I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. I was hooked from the opening sentence and read Finding Lucas in two days. When I couldn't read, I was obsessing about it, clamoring to get done with my Mommy Duties so I could get back to reading.
Jamie's story is one that many of us can identify with. I absolutely loved that Jamie had flaws, physical flaws. Her big bum, her cellulite, thin & boring hair...I mean so many of us women - myself included! - can really identify with these flaws. In a society where photographs are photoshopped, size 0 is perfect and plastic surgery is the norm - it's important to consider that the majority of women and young girls aren't anywhere close to this, and they shouldn't be! I think that the newer Indie authors, like Ms. Bailey, are doing a good thing by making their main characters flawed, and in the end ensuring their main characters embrace them. Jamie spoke often of her flaws, and in the end she embraced them, accepted them and moved on.
I love that this story was about Jamie's journey toward self-discovery. How often do we let ourselves get defined by our jobs, our relationships, even our families? It's so important for us to take a moment or two or three and take back some of ourselves for ourselves. How often do we put off things that will make us happy because we're scared or worried what others will think. Jamie was scared to leave Derek even though she knew deep down that leaving would be the best thing. Jamie's fears kept her in an unhappy relationship, allowing Derek to criticize and belittle her until she began to believe the things he was saying. It takes a whole lot of courage to leave a relationship like that and I was glad to see Jamie do it - and in the process, not only find herself again, but also to realize that her support system was amazing.
This story was entertaining, seriously entertaining. From the beginning in the shower, to the final straw in the market, to dinner with her parents, to Jamie's new roommates, and finally to the television scene and Jamie realizing who she truly loves. I love books that are fast-paced and keep me interested and entertained. There wasn't any down time and that, to me, is a sign of an author who is talented and knows her craft well! There were many laugh-out-loud moments, a few moments that required a tissue and so many moments that were genuinely fun.
There wasn't one moment when I was bored, or wanted to skip pages. This was definitely my kind of book and I will be recommending this one to all my friends and family. And I'll be on the lookout for more from this talented author!
Her book can be found on Amazon: Finding Lucas
and Kobo: Finding Lucas
Thank you for reading my review and for supporting Indie Authors! xoxo