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About the Author

Julie Gerstenblatt is a former middle school English teacher who realized that it was time to leave the classroom when a lengthy stint on jury duty felt like the highlight of her career. As a comedy and culture writer for The Huffington Post and a humor columnist for The Scarsdale Inquirer and Scarsdale10583.com, Julie writes with candor about her life, her friends and family, and the particular demands of motherhood and wifedom in modern-day suburbia. Julie holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University. She and her husband live with their two children in Scarsdale, New York. Although she would love to live in the city, suburbia is the inspiration for most of her funny ideas, and so she will remain in Westchester until her neighbors kick her out. Lauren Takes Leave is her first novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478310057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478310051
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,996,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, you have to give this book for at least 3 stars if you have a kid and are a working mom. Second, I don't read reviews until after I'm done with a book for good reason. This is FICTION, it doesn't have to be realistic, it just has to be well written and get you hooked. This was a great story but there was just too much, felt a bit overwhelmed by all the drama and underwhelmed by the completely ridiculous happy ending.

Overall, I liked the story and felt it was worth of a 3 star review.
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This book is NOT good, and I only read it all the way through in hopes of some kind of redemption at the end. It's full of one-dimensional stereotypes (e.g., harried working mom, evil boss, ambivalent husbands who work all the time and don't know what foods his kids like) and TONS of clichés (e.g., rushing to the airport, only to be faced with a street closed due to a *parade*).
The first third of the book is not awful... but then it completely flies off the rails, never to return. One ridiculous and cliché event unfolds after the other! To boot, most of the characters' problems are solved at the end of the book with either a work- or money-magic wand, not with personal growth or lessons learned from their (cliché, outrageous) experiences. Seriously, do not read this.
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Lauren Takes Leave is a fast paced, hilarious journey of a middle aged wife-teacher-mother who just wants a break. From the moment she realizes that her husband, boss and kids don't know she's been released from jury duty and that maybe, just maybe, she can get away with a week off.... I was hooked. This book is Ferris Bueller's Day Off, just aged up 20 years, but what Lauren does with her week off would put poor Ferris to shame. Warning: you will laugh till your abs hurt.
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I'm familiar with Julie Gerstenblatt from her Huffington Post columns, so when I saw that she'd written a novel, I didn't hesitate to download it. I was in serious need of a brief "leave" from my own world of YA Lit and felt sure this author would have what it takes to spin a fun adult tale with plenty of laughs and memorable characters.

Gerstenblatt delivers the goods.

What starts with one small fib by main character Lauren, quickly gathers steam, becoming a colossal lie avalanche barreling downhill until it launches her and her sidekick pals off on a rollicking good adventure. Gerstenblatt takes her characters (and us) to the very brink of suspended disbelief collapse and gets away with it in style.

Another reader beat me to the punch in mentioning her Nora Ephron-esque style--a gift for writing funny, relatable narrative while creating characters who are delightfully flawed and therefore, endearing. Even the most despised of characters have their moments, and we glimpse what makes them the way they are, even feel for them - until they start behaving badly once more!

This was a truly fun romp and I highly recommend you take a leave with Lauren. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
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I think many of us feel the same way. How long ago was there
the calgon commercial with the slogan Take me Away..
She just wants to escape for a little while.
The little tidbit with the old high school want to be flame,
not as great as the image she had in her head.
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Julie Gerstenblatt's freshman effort is well written, and funny, with her witty personality showing through.

I'm sure that I've misinterpreted most of the book, because I know the author, and it's hard not to try to distill and fractionate the truth from the confection.

And confection it is, with layers of sweetness waiting to unfold for you, as you happily chew through the pages.

Like a suburban Bonfire of the Vanities, the characters are both lovable and grating at times...but you never want to abandon them.

Ms. Gerstenblatt held my attention, and I wanted to see each and every one of them get their comeuppance, whether good or bad. Thankfully, some did. I enjoyed the pace of the story, the journeys that the cast of misfits undertook, and seeing them realize their destinies.

Tim Cubix? Genius. It didn't feel forced or unnatural. It worked brilliantly.

Thanks to Ms. Gerstenblatt for a great "Summer weekend" read. Encore!
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Story starts out being fairly realistic, but gets progressively more and more bizarre, so much so that I had no desire to finish the book.
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Attention teachers and suburban Moms who can't get away but wish they could. Julie Gerstenblatt's novel Lauren takes Leave is a sophisticated read for those in a rut wondering what life can be beyond the cocoon of the suburbs. It's an escape for teachers who yearn for a break from their school routine if only for a few days. Join the fun with a group of memorable characters in this laugh out loud page turner. I loved it!
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