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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Endless String (June 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985643110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985643119
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,265,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This novel was a sweet surprise! I enjoyed every chapter (especially the last one)! I found it to be a page turner from the beginning. I have visited some of the same cities and recognized some of the same spots mentioned. Highly recommend this one! I hope you enjoy it as much as i did!
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This one, by a man, tells his story of coming back into the real world after a terrible emotional and physical loss.

You learn some interesting geographical facts and will relate to some thoughts.

I finished it and then said "Why?"

It's an okay book written in first person with some nice little things.
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"Reinventing Mike Lake" is one of those books you won't be able to put down. Even reading it the second time, I regretted every time I had to put it down. Jones will make you laugh and cry with his relatable characters. This book really makes you examine your own life and contemplate reinventing yourself.
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The description of this book sounded interesting plus I was able to download it for free so what was I to lose? Well, I obviously didn't think this book was a wonderful as a lot of the other readers, that's for sure.

My husband passed away six years ago very suddenly so I thought this story would speak to me. Well, after about the first two chapters I wanted to tell the character to get off his butt and do something! Quit feeling sorry for yourself! I don't want to be harsh but obviously the author hasn't dealt with that kind of a loss. Yes, your world is ripped apart and you don't want to get out of bed or leave your house. However, you realize your spouse wouldn't want you to wallow in your grief. In order to heal you need to get out of bed and try to maintain some sort of normalcy even if you don't feel like it or want to. My family helped me during my first year (and they still are there when I need a shoulder) but they didn't enable me to become a recluse and shut myself off from everyone.

This story is touching in parts. I cried when he was describing his wife's illness and death. There was a parallel since we never had children and only had dogs so reading about the dog staying by his wife's side was very touching. I experienced that with my dogs after my husband died. Other than that part, I thought the story was kind of boring.

This is an ok book but I wouldn't rate it with 5 star's. The concept was there but the ability to really feel and connect with the characters was lacking, in my opinion.
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This book is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. It is a love story and a journey to find a reason to carry on after tragedy. There is a fullness of human relations and whether you are 16 or 60 you will find atleast some of Mike's situations familiar. I was literally pulled into the story and found myself reflecting on the paths I might take to change my surroundings and consciousness. If you are a pet lover you will appreciate Mike's love for his traveling companion Bahama.
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This is a story about a man who after facing great loss decides it is time to reinvent himself. While you may expect this to be a depressing and lonely trip, he has his trusted four-legged companion, Bermuda, and a slew of friends new and old to help him on his cross-country journey. I feel almost as if I'm reading someone's journal - not literally, of course - by the way the author expertly weaves memories from his past with his present day experiences. The best part is that you can see him get happier and more at easy as the story went along, and I think that's great. As time goes on he starts to come out of shell in a way that makes the reader want to cheer for him. I found it very exciting to see where he headed to next, and although I wish he hadn't skipped a great deal of land between Florida and Vegas (and that they had continued to the Pacific coast!), I felt accomplished when I completed the story.

My one issue, and the reason why this isn't a five star review, is that I felt like it could have used a little more polish. The first chapter is especially redundant and hard to read, but as you move on in the story it gets easier and easier. Some of the phrasing is still awkward or some of the situations unbelievable, and I think another set of eyes could have helped smooth out inconsistencies. I wish that we could have seen the relationship that forms at the end of the story develop a little better in pages, too. That being said I didn't find it so glaring that I couldn't enjoy the story for what it was.

Otherwise, a very excellent story, definitely a good read when you're looking for something meaningful but not too heavy.
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Unfortunately, I couldn't get far because I couldn't get beyond the amateurish writing. This book needs serious editing for grammar and style. I've read better from high school students.
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This was a very good book! It kept my attention from the beginning, and I really cared about Mike and was rooting for him. I always like books where the characters are someone you could imagine meeting yourself. A beautiful story, I highly recommend this book!
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