Following My Toes

Following My Toes

by Laurel Osterkamp

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ISBN-13: 9781933826271
Publisher: PMI Books
Publication date: 04/23/2006
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 930,000
Product dimensions: 0.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Following My Toes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
pupylov on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Really great book takes you on a ride trying to figure out who done it!
sringle1202 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A quick and easy read, and the perfect beach read! I was pleased with the book, the story flowed seamlessly, and was to the point. The characters were eac h perfectly developed, and I felt a connection with each of them. Not thrilled that Faith and Ethan didn't end up together in the end, but it left off in a way that made me believe that they would eventually be together. Great job on this one!
abcarroll on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
SallyApollon on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I found this to be an easy read, although I was a little perplexed by how haywire things went in Faith's life and how overboard people's reactions were. Maybe I'm a litte too old for this, but I often wished the characters would grow up. But I suppose that's what the story was really about; everyone seemed to be simultanously pushing the boundaries & finding out new things about themselves and others. I guess it was more a stage of life book. I didn't find Faith that convincing as a character although I DID appreciate that it wasn't a hollywoodish ending. Overall not very credible, but got more readable as it went along, as the plot escalated. I wouldn't hunt out other books by this author.
amcreech on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
VikingGypsy on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Following My Toes, by Lynn Osterkamp, is a great tale about life, love, friendship, and coping with the idiosyncrasies we all have. What a basic, fundamental, but thought provoking sentence: ¿Love isn¿t always perfect, and neither are the people we love.¿ Words to live by (Ch. 13, spoken by Lacey). This charming book tells the story of Faith, a lost soul trying to find her place in the world. It is a story of her personal growth and learning, a story about others in her life, and a story of unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Lynn Osterkamp did a sensational job of developing her characters. With almost all of the characters, one could probably say, ¿I know someone just like that.¿ Some of the characters are easy to identify with, and I would even go so far as to say that if one is being attentive, they might even gain some insight into their own behavior patterns. This story is inspiring. Although it was slightly difficult to overlook some of the grammatical and spelling errors (i.e. use of `then¿ rather than `than¿ and vice versa), the plot of this story certainly made up for it! Following My Toes runs its reader through the entire gambit of emotions. Through the main character, one experiences happiness, love, loneliness, fear, heartache, sympathy, appreciation, gratitude, and more. For a quick read or for a book that makes one feel more connected to those they love, I would certainly recommend this book. Theme: 5Narration: 5Character Development: 5Plot: 5Setting: 4Style: 4.5.
l_manning on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
jynxpierce on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The plot follows an unlucky woman as she tries to find her place in the world. Loved the ending. It was good to see someone else struggle with love and life. I would recommend this to any one.
AlexisLeno on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I won this book in a giveaway.For me, the book started out a bit slow, but as I kept reading, I became more engrossed and the story and the characters. I think that the beginning was a bit confusing, but it all makes sense in the end.Faith is a young teacher who is dumped by her boyfriend for her best-friend. Despite her "psychic" abilities, she didn't see this one coming. I would have loved to see more of this psychic idea, but I felt it was very secondary to Faith's character. I liked the title and how it integrated with Faith's "itching in her toes" whenever she felt especially clairvoyant about something.Faith moves to the city from a small town. While she's there, she tries looking for a new job. In the process, she meets several men who are interested in her. She also finds she is being stalked. It was an interesting ride to try and figure out who Faith's stalker was. I also enjoyed her eccentric roommate, Missy, and her sister Margaret. All of the characters worked well in the overall story.I have to admit that I am a sap for love stories. Faith is particularly find of a mechanic named Ethan, but their relationship is volatile. I think they fought a lot (too much?), but it could have been because they were too similar. In the end, I would have liked to see more of them together.Overall, I think this is a good read for those that are really into "chick lit". It was a light and fun read.
B00KAH0LIC on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
theatregeek94 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Great Chick Lit novel, about life loss, and how to accept yourself and your family. The plot can be a little slow at times, however overall it was a satisfying read. I truly felt for the main character, and wanted her to come out on top in the end.I received this book from the member giveaway program.
OodsAteMyDingo on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Following My Toes is a great quick read. It starts out with the main character ¿Faith Emerson- in a¿predicament, and through out the story it was fun trying to figure out the how she managed to get herself in it.Faith moves to a whole new place after getting dumped by her boyfriend for her best friend. From then on she meets very interesting people, including herself. For parts of it, it wasn¿t easy to fell the supporting characters. But you really get to know Faith, and maybe the author did it to make you feel like Faith is self involved like everyone keeps telling her. Who knows.I would definitely read this one if you want a quick chicklit book.[Received through the LibraryThing Member¿s Giveaway Program]
cramundson on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
lesleymc on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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 subtle 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.
mgray16 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I received Following My Toes from the member giveaway program. 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.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
cwaldrum on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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. All in all though it was a great fun read. One that I think many women, and perhaps some men, can relate to and even gave me a few new zingers to try out!
wendallyn on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Following my Toes was a great read, about a lonely teacher from a small town who has settled for who she thought was the man of her dreams. She was settling for a life of taking care of him and being under-appreciated, until one day he left her for aonother. This stimulates the lead character to move to a larger city where she comes across many interesting characters and in the end, discovers more about who she is and what she wants out of life.
Scoshie on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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!!!
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
When Faith is dumped by her boyfriend of two years for her best friend, she decides that it is time for a new start. She moves from the small town of Duluth to Minneapolis, where her friend Carolyn lives. She soon finds herself dealing with a crazy stalker, a phone-sex operator roommate and a demented coffee shop customer. Overall, I enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the plot was fun and entertaining. Although not quite as good as her other book, this one is definitely worth a read.
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princess_sara More than 1 year ago
I was really into this book until the end. I was disappointed there wasn't more on the romance side at the end so I felt it left me a little unsatisfied, like the ending didn't conclude. It was a great story of forgiveness, though, so for that reason, I would still recommend this book for others to read.
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