Identity Theft by Laura Lee Book Review


Candi Tavris is on the verge of turning 30, she works in the packaging department of a company that is downsizing and she is hounded by calls from creditors who mispronounce her name. She wakes up every morning praying that the folks at Life Lock will perform their work in reverse
and give her “identity” to someone else. Her younger sister, never a serious student, married a rich executive and lives in a mansion. Candi’s only solace is escaping into the music and image of the 80’s pop star Blast.

Ethan  Penn, a  22 year-old college dropout who smokes pot and lives in his mother’s  basement, works in the rock star’s office. (His desk sits under a framed gold record with a dead spider caught in the glass.)

His boss, whose real name is Ollie Thomas, is as socially awkward off stage as he is charismatic on stage. He is depressed about his pending divorce. His greatest fame is behind him, his biggest hit “Partly Cloudy Thursday (Blast With Me)” was a clichéd monstrosity written to
please record executives. His rock n’ roll lifestyle mostly consists of finding ways to keep his laundry from stinking while on the road and trying to remain anonymous while buying Preparation-H.

Blast assigns the task of keeping up with his social networking to Ethan. Ethan starts to correspond with Candi through e-mail and chats in the guise of the rock star. The conversation soon becomes steamy. The game spirals out of control when Blast performs a concert in Candi’s hometown and Candi is mistaken first for a groupie and then for a delusional stalker.

Candi must try to prove (and retain) her sanity. Ethan must decide whether to risk jail by telling the truth. A terrified Ollie has to come to terms with his relationship with his Blast character and the consequences of his fame.

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The Good

Okay. Okay. I liked this book for a few reasons. I liked that all of the characters were uber flawed. Flaws are realistic and I think that all too often, you don’t always get realistically flawed characters. You did here. Each came with prejudices and life experiences and I could appreciate that even if I didn’t agree with their opinions or thoughts.

I thought the devices that Lee used to help familiarize the readers with her characters were interesting. I liked the use of instant messenger because hello, the world we live in today, electronic dating of some variety seems almost unavoidable. I thought their awkward sexting scenes were pretty funny and also helped humanize the characters.

I have to give it to the author, this book was anything but predictable! I hate it when you buy a book, predict how it ends, and it almost exactly follows the story line that you thought. That makes me want to gag. But here, Lee definitely planned out so many twists and unexpected turns that I was guessing how it would end right up until the end. Thank you for that! Praise the book gods!

I give this book 4 stars (rounded up from 3.5) out of 5 stars.


The Bad

There were a few things that drove me crazy and they mainly land in the “polished” department.

**However, I’d like to point out that I was reading an ARC, which is an advanced reader copy so these things happen. ARCs are not supposed to be perfect, thus the whole point of them being advanced copies. Things like line spacing or typos are perfectly acceptable in ARCs so please take that into consideration.**

The formatting kind of drove me crazy. Some lines were spaced correctly and others weren’t. There were some grammatical errors. And those kind of things drive me crazy in e-books. They weren’t atrocious or anything but I still noticed it enough to feel annoyed by it. (But this was an ARC so these things will likely be fixed in the final edition).

I also think that the cover doesn’t really do the book justice. This is just my opinion but the cover is kind of…boring? Flat? Far too white/grey and sterile. This book has sex and flirtation and humor and suspense! It’s exciting! The cover does NOT do it justice. I think the author could draw in many more readers with a new cover. Get a hunky rockstar or a sneaky looking girl or, I don’t know, just not what it already is! Your book cover should scream, “I AM UNIQUE AND SEXY AND MYSTERIOUS AND YOU WANT TO DEVOUR ME.”


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About Laura Lee


Laura is the author of 16 books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Lyons Press and Running Press. She is best known for humorous reference such as The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation, which sold 85,000 copies for Black Dog and Leventhal. Her first novel was Angel published by Itineris Press and will soon be released in a second edition by DPS. The San Francisco Chronicle has said of her work: “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

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First Blog Tour

Did I tell you that I signed up for my first blog tour? I know, I know. Pretty cool.

It’s coming up pretty soon and I’m psyched about it. This book isn’t particularly new adult but it sounded pretty good. Plus, I DO read a lot of adult books too.

More info coming soon. Stay tuned!


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