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Finding LucasFinding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not going to lie when I say that I had a hard time getting into this book. It has nothing to do with the writing style, or even what was being written. It was about the treatment of main character, Jamie, by her pretentious, soulless, bourgeois boyfriend. Anytime something bad happened to her, he had absolutely no care to discuss it. He treated her worse than he would have treated the chic, dog du jour that he most likely would have had. The guy gave me panic attacks because anytime Jamie did something that a normal person would have thought was just an accident (tripping over and breaking a lamp while coming home late to a dark condo, for example), her boyfriend was determined that she did it on purpose. I don't know why he stayed with Jamie if he didn't think she was good enough for him. That's how the first half of the book was with him. He kept saying that Jamie wasn't good enough.
I've been there. Not with a boyfriend, but with someone I considered to be a friend. The first half of this book took me back to an ugly place I don't want to revisit, but it certainly made me thankful for the whimsical family that I have, and the whimsical family that Jamie had. Her parents, step mothers, sister and friends are all so supportive of her, but when she finally snaps and dumps Derek (though he claims he dumped her), they are with her every step of the way. They were outrageous, funny, supportive, and while they all had their own opinions, they ultimately let Jamie make her own decisions.
I will say that I saw the ending coming from a mile away, but it doesn't mean that I didn't have fun getting there. After Derek stopped being in 80% of what I was reading, I could relax a bit, and actually enjoy Jamie's journey (again, not Samantha Stroh Bailey's fault, but my own memories. It happens).
I would recommend this book for those that aren't easily offended by language (Holy F-Bombs, Batman!), and who want a quick read to take the edge of their boring days (Lord knows that I have far too many boring days in my life, so this was a nice escape!).

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