Following My Toes

Rated 4.00/5 based on 16 reviews
Faith thought moving to Minneapolis and dating again would mend her broken heart. She also believed her psychic powers could foretell danger. She was wrong. Following My Toes is a tale of love and forgiveness, told with humor and a fresh, innovative voice! More

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Chandra Stehle reviewed on Sep. 21, 2012

I received this book from the Member Giveaway on LibraryThing. This was a great book! I couldn't put it down. I loved Faith and her psychic abilities. Ready for the next one!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
jordan chapman reviewed on Sep. 16, 2011

This book was fantastic! Laurel spun the words well and put together a really good book!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Maria Virginia reviewed on June 11, 2011

I received this book through the Member Giveaway on Library Thing.

Laurel Osterkamp is a great story-teller. In Following My Toes, we get to know Faith Emerson, an English teacher who can predict when bad or good things are going to happen to her (her skin would hurt if something is bad, and her toes would itch if it's a good thing).

When she is dumped by her boyfriend for her best friend (and since she doesn't know what to do), she decides to move to Minneapolis where one of her friends says she could get a fresh start.

Over the course of the story, we can see different kinds of friendship and relationships, and how Faith's outlook on love and friendship changes. We see the mistakes that the characters make, and how important is forgiveness.

The characters are great, I mean, they seem real, with their good and bad traits. The pace of the story was good too. And although the ending made sense, I wanted to know what was going to happen after that.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
Elizabeth Miller reviewed on May 29, 2011
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Wow what a great story. Faith is a teacher whose boyfriend leaves her for her childhood best friend and in a flash decision after talking to another frined moves to another city and then her whole life goes a little wonky. Good characters, nice story pace and really was a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the sun.
Well worth the price!!!
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Stephanie Hagen reviewed on May 26, 2011

Laurel Osterkamp is a captivating author. She digs deep and nails it. The self-doubt and self-analysis of the main character made my head spin. All this agony eventually led to self-discovery and forgiveness. The people closest to you can and do hurt you the deepest. A little bit of psychic itching always helps.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
Lisa Kistler reviewed on May 6, 2011

This is a really great book. All about someone taking a down turn in life and really coming through better than before. Faith is betrayed, moves, and is held hostage, and in it all she finds a new life, new friends, and herself. It is a great who-done-it that keeps you guessing even if you think you know, it goes in circles and you find out in the end. I like those kinds the best. It flowed and the writer has a great voice. Enjoy this one!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Lisa reviewed on May 5, 2011

Following My Toes is the story of Faith, a maybe psychic who loves to follow her feelings. The story actually starts with Faith and two others being abducted, and then we get a giant flashback to see how they got to that point. I find the term "chick lit" gets a bad rap amongst many readers, but this was chick lit in the best senses of the word. It was fun. There were break-ups, make-ups, friendships, and entirely new lives. The cast of characters was hilarious. I think I'd have a hard time picking a favorite, but if forced I'd probably choose Faith's eccentric roommate Missy. Missy was a free spirit who was loads of fun.

The ending was not entirely unpredictable, but twists and turns are not what this book is about. It's about exploring the intricacies of various relationships and forgiveness. Can Faith forgive people who have wronged her? Is forgiveness really necessary to truly move on with your life after you've been hurt? Can being introspective about our own feelings blind us to everything else in the world around us? All of these are touched upon with a lightly humorous touch. I found myself laughing many times. The ending was satisfying and made sense for all the characters and their quirks.

I kind of thought we'd get to the actual explanation of the abduction from the first few pages sooner, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment. Overall, I found this book to be fun and funny, while still providing several things to think about. In the end, I felt like the characters were old friends I would love to keep hanging out with. And I definitely want to know where they are going from here.

Copy of book won in website giveaway.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
mgray16 reviewed on May 2, 2011

This is a story about a woman who is left by her boyfriend for her best friend. After the messy breakup she moves to a city where she encounters a crazy roomate, new romances, a stalker and a friend with relationship problems. The story goes through how the main character grows as a person and the overall theme of the book is forgiveness. Overall it was an okay read. It didn't really grab and hold my attention but the plot moved forward nicely but I wished there was better character development. The writing style was off for me, mostly due to switching between the second and third person was awkward. I don't think I would recommend this book to my friends but it wasn't a painful read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
lesleymc reviewed on April 30, 2011

Enjoyable read. I liked Laurel Osterkamp's light, witty style of writing. The charaters were interesting and the story line kept me engrossed. I thought the minimal use of 'psychic ability' was well grounded and added to the story rather than swamped it. The underlying mystery kept me guessing, and successfully remained light when it could so easily have had a darker edge. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a little mystery and a little romance wrapped up with natural humour.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Aliya Merhi reviewed on April 29, 2011

I can't tell whether I ended up liking or disliking this book. I could be biased because I this isn't the type of book I usually enjoy. I had a hard time getting into it, but once I did I was curious to see how it ended and read if real fast after Though, the ending was anticlimactic in my my opinion. It was interesting in a uniquely odd way. The actual text itself was kinda weird, too. Not one of my favorite books, but it wasn't bad.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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