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Karen Sanders is a barista with a painful past that she keeps secret from everyone. The people she encounters at the Coffee Cove reinforce her belief that one can judge someone's character from a distance without ever having to get to know them. She does not trust because trust can be broken. Travis Miller is an unemployed college graduate who has recently moved to Tacoma, Washington, seeking to find a direction for his life that will distance him from his own difficult past. Passionless, loveless and haunted by death, he has taken to typing furiously at the Coffee Cove in silence every day. Unable to come to any conclusions about Travis after months of observation, Karen decides to introduce herself to him. The unexpected journey that follows will teach them about the vitality of words, the importance of human interaction, the need for love, and the redemptive power of second chances.
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With some pieces of literature, it can be difficult to determine the author's intent in regards to a theme. Often I finish a book and wonder what drove the author to create it. What, if anything, am I supposed to take away from this book? In the case of 'The Last Page,' quite the opposite is true. The themes in the book are evident, driven home through characters that even the happiest and most secure of people will find themselves connecting with. The story centers around Travis Miller and Karen Sanders. Karen, a waitress at a coffee shop, is a happy go lucky, completely together woman by day, and a broken, scarred, borderline alcoholic by night. She drinks to dull the pain from a past that haunts her. Travis is a patron at that same coffee house. Each day he comes in, sits at the same table and types feverishly on his laptop without speaking to anyone. From the first, Karen is intrigued by Travis, and his rejection of her efforts to get to know him only fuel her intrigue that much more. Travis is plauged by demons of his own from a family that never loved him, from the death of his best friend, from being a social outcast all of his life, and from never, no matter how hard he tried, being good enough. With time and diligence, Karen begins to draw Travis out of his shell and a beautiful friendship blooms. They teach each other about life, happiness, and above all, trust. Is there anyone out there who has ever felt that inability to trust people? Trust can be broken, and once you learn that lesson, I think that each and every one of us has gone through the emotional mess of wondering whether its worth it to put yourself out there again. This is how Karen and Travis feel and being such a realistic notion, you can't help but be drawn into their story. Not only are the characters and the plot line engaging, but so is the writing style. The language that Palmer uses is rich in description. Everything is detailed, but no overly done. The story is simple and straightforward, and appears to be straight from the heart. When I finished reading, I actually found myself wondering if the whole story was something the author had experienced first hand. It appears that genuine. The result of Palmer's efforts is a heartfelt novel about two people trying to survive in life. It's well done.