Welcome to another blog tour review! I was able to take part in the tour Chick Lit Plus organized for Lacy Camey and her novel The Last Page.
Let's start with the synopsis from Goodreads:
Norah Johnson is at a crossroads and is in desperate need to heal after a highly publicized breakup from her major league baseball player boyfriend. To escape, she moves to her summer home at the beach with her sister and best friend where she journals, attends therapy and works on her pending clothing line. When a gorgeous stranger finds her lost journal, he seeks to find the author and make her fall in love with him. But is Norah ready to love again?This was a cute, fun novel that was perfect for an end of summer read (yes, I know it's October but I actually read the book over the September long weekend :) ) In the guest post Camey wrote for Books Etc. on Friday (read it here) she says "Where in my chick lit, light chick lit in my opinion, is just that, -light. Sometimes things aren’t explained as thoroughly, in attempt to keep a light story. They’re just cute stories, where you feel good, nothing major." That is exactly what The Last Page is like. Sometimes you need a light, feelgood chick lit novel and Camey definitely delivered with The Last Page.
Book 1 in the romantic comedy trilogy of living, loving, and laughing again; a Norah Johnson story.
There were a couple of things in this novel that had me...well, not annoyed but sort of wishing I could change them. The first thing was the overall flow of the book. At one point Norah makes a Gilmore Girls reference because she and her friends were all talking quickly and interrupting each other. I know my Gilmore Girls and the dialogue in The Last Page couldn't quite compare to the conversations between Lorelai and Rory. Instead of the quick pace that's easy to follow in Gilmore Girls, I was left a little bit confused with what the heck was going on between Norah and her friends. It wasn't enough to make me dislike the book but it was something that could have been smoothed out in the editing process.
The other thing that had be slightly irked had nothing to do with the writing or even the story, it was more that Norah wasn't paying attention to the clues around her and wasn't making connections that I had already made. (Yes, I know that sounds kind of vague but I don't want to give these clues away!) There were actually a couple of points where I found myself shaking my Kobo and saying "Why can't you figure this out?!?" Like I said, I had already figured out who was who and had to wait for the slightly slower Norah to figure it out.
Even though Norah was a little slow on the uptake (and I understand why she needed to be - it would have ruined the story otherwise), I found myself becoming fond of her. She's on a real journey, therapist and all, and by the end of the novel she's become a better and more self aware person. I have to say though that I was totally jealous of her being able to work on her clothing line at a beach house. Where her sister and best friend were also able to be. Does no one have a "real" job? That's it - must find a way to be able to work at a beach house and bring my sister and best friend with me. :)
Overall, I had fun reading The Last Page and think that other chick lit fans will enjoy it as well. I'm looking forward to reading more from Lacy Camey, including the next book in the "Living, Loving, and Laughing Again" series.
Happy Reading :)