by Laura Lee
When the rock star she idolized responded to her e-mail, Candi was thrilled. When he started to flirt with her, she thought all her dreams could come true. The fantasy takes over her entire life, but none of it is true. The man of her dreams is not a rock star at all, but a bored office worker whose internet game quickly spins out of control.
Laura Lee’s second novel, Identity Theft, is now available. It is a humorous, thought-provoking examination of the state of the self in the 21st Century full of surprising plot twists.
It explores celebrity, online relationships, the loss of professional identity that comes with insecure employment and how inner reality is often at odds with outer image.
I’m FINALLY getting a new review up!! WOO HOO! Anyways, so April from A Well Read Woman told me about a general fiction book that I had to read. I usually don’t go for stories outside of specific genres, such as mystery or science fiction, but I just couldn’t say no to Laura Lee’s Identity Theft. The premise had me hooked, much like the romantic comedies Ethan watches for research purposes, and I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. Plus, I was drawn in by Lee’s realistic characters and quick pacing.
I connected easily with Ollie and Candi. Both are having a difficult time handling their new realities: Ollie an aging rockstar going through a divorce and Candi a career woman with an unsatisfying career. I absolutely LOVED Candi and honestly, she was the type of character that I needed to read. I too understand the frustration of a less than satisfying career. I fight the exhausting fight against debt. I get Candi and she is why I enjoyed Identity Theft. I needed to read about her struggles and watch how she manages the obstacles. It gives hope to all of us late 20s girls with celebrity crushes and
My only real complaint would be Ethan’s lack of depth. I like him, but I really wish there had been more to his character. We get glimpses of it through his correspondence with Candi but not enough to make me like him through the majority of the story. I actually got REALLY frustrated by his lack of action during some points. But that’s it!
I love the ending, which is incredibly important as I spent most of the read cringing and wondering how Lee would pull everything together. The best aspect is it ended realistically and not in the overly spectacular fashion found in pop culture chick lit. Identity Theft forced me to think about my own dreams and reality, while still making me chuckle. It is great examination on the difference between how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by others. I definitely recommend it!
So which rock star/celebrity do you wish you could meet?! 😜
Laura Lee is the author of 14 books. She is best known for her non-fiction with such publishers as Reader’s Digest, Harper Collins, Running Press and Broadway Books. Her first novel Angel was published in 2011, released in an audio edition last year and will be published in a second edition later this year. She has also written two collections of poetry, and a children’s book (A Child’s Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime and she divides her time between writing and organizing national ballet master class tours. The San Francisco Chronicle 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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