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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)
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)
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)
on May 29, 2011 :
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)
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)
on May 06, 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)
on May 05, 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)
on May 02, 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)
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)
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)
on April 29, 2011 :
With Laurel's witty book we find ourselves drawn into the world of Faith Emerson, a high school English teacher who has recently split from her boyfriend of a few years. Make that a rather large shafting as he runs off with her best friend! So Faith finds herself at a cross roads and decides to make the big move to the big city and start fresh.
Thankfully she has her friend Caroline to help her get started. She crashes there briefly before she finds herself rooming with a sex operator/stripper (which happens after this chick gets run over my an itty bitty dog!!). They have little in common and it does cause some right funny moments when their personalities and morals clash. While in the new city Faith finds herself attracted to the mechanic who fixed her car, then dating a friend of Caroline's lover (not her boyfriend!) and pursued by a stalker. Interesting and mildly mysterious.
Don't you worry though Faith has a secret weapon, she's got some psychic tendencies: her skin hurts when something bad is going to happen and her feet tingle when something good happens, hence the title. Now this gift doesn't always work and only guides her in certain areas, and for most of this story her radar is broken. Yet the idea is still amusing and adds to some interesting plot lines.
I enjoyed this story and the writer won an award or two for the work. Yet I found that it lacked a little bit of direction. It had a few themes and story lines that I feel confused the work a bit. The forgiving others and oneself to get past pain and hurt is a strong one and Laurel did a great job in developing that with the character. Learning temperance and patience in dealing with emotions was another theme that I found enticing.
The mystery plot lost me though. I found it almost forced in to try and draw the reader towards the characters psychic abilities. It was a minimal plot line and one that only hit it's strength at the end when it was brick walled to the reader. There was little lead up and depth to this, which with any mystery line you need to have. Or at least I need to have. As an uber mystery reader I needed more to sell me on this storyline.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on April 29, 2011 :
I have to say I am not one to read this type of story often. I believe todays society calls books like this chick lit. Though after reading this book I can honestly say that I loved it.
This story was a whirlwind! It was fun, exciting, and real containing all the emotions every woman has experienced at least once in their lives. I would definitely recommend this book to women who love this type of genre and even ones who have yet to embark upon the journey.
The characters are bright, vivid, and balanced. They have real emotion and the story is intriguing, keeping you reading until the very end. There’s an underlying mystery to the entire scenario and I bet you will never guess the answer until the writer reveals it.
This book was great! Kudos to Laurel Osterkamp for creating such a great novel!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on April 17, 2011 :
Great read! I truly liked the main character, Faith. I felt like I could relate to her and her issues with feeling too self involved, when actually as an outsider reading in, I felt the other characters were being too hard on her.
I liked the reference in Chapter 3 to Sweet Valley High books and eating Ramen & Tang, this made the character very REAL.
The twist in the story near the end was not completely unexpected but the author still kept you guessing through out the book.
This book was funny and inelligent, and I would read it again.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on April 16, 2011 :
At the beginning of the story, I really didn't like the main character because she was so self-focused, but as her story unfolded, she evolved into a more grounded and likable person. I think that many young adults go through a similar kind of maturing process, so it is a believable portrayal. The story was over-all pretty good and had some unexpected turns which added to the suspense factor. I will look forward to reading more stories from this author to see how her writing style evolves.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on April 14, 2011 :
A fun interesting read about a girl who decides to start over in a new place. She meets some interesting people who become deeply involved in her life. Interesting characters who have a great interaction with each other.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on April 12, 2011 :
breaks up with her because he has been sleeping with her best friend. Faith decides to move to bigger city where collage roommate is living. She meets Eathen car mancanic as she hits town. She meets Bill where she lives. met max. she is trying to get over the anger and hurt. Trying to find herself. Its a good story kept me up reading. I liked the book club questions at the end. I think it would be a nice book club bFaith is a high school teacher teaching english. Her boyfriend book.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on April 10, 2011 :
Good book and a quick read. An interesting story of a girl who whole life is falling apart so she decides to move and start over. Unfortunately her life, initially, does not get any better once she moves and she must learn how to deal with a life that is not perfect.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)