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Lauren Takes Leave Paperback – July 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Overall, I liked the story and felt it was worth of a 3 star review.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had such a great time reading Lauren Takes Leave! I can't believe all the action that Julie Gerstenblatt packed into this book. I loved escaping with Lauren and her zany friends. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Mom in NY
the book started out good but went downhill. The concept sounded interesting but the longer I read the less I enjoyed the book.Published on January 26, 2013 by Marie Guzzo
Lauren Takes Leave was a fun diversion with numerous twists and turns in a well layered plot of a mother/wife/teacher on overload. Exceptional writing for a first book.Published on January 19, 2013 by Michael A. Wells
I enjoyed some parts of the book, but it never really hooked me and pulled me in. It's a book I wouldn't read again.Published on December 21, 2012 by Lau
I really liked the beginning of it, it was when they went on vacation that it kind of lost me (and became a middle-age Ferris Bueller's Day Off knock off, right down to the... Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Ann M
even though I had empathy for them I thought this was too outrageous. I was only able to read half the book before I wondered why I was wasting my time. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by M. Bridge
Although I live in the country and didn't quite get the interactions Lauren does, it is still funny and sounds like something we would all love to do once in our life. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by R. Spencer
I love the friendship these ladies have and their humor...... I want to read this over and over. Looking forward to more books, hopefully!!Published on December 3, 2012 by Sherri Hillcar
The writing quality is more than superb, which one might expect from a Doctorate of English from Columbia University, certainly five star. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Clay