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4.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 54.05 out of 5 4.05 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Allison Winn Scotch Narrator: Julia Whelan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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In this hopeful, humorous, and astonishingly deft debut, Allison Winn Scotch explores what happens when a young woman thinks she's lost everything that matters' and ends up discovering what's truly important. This is a novel that will leave you taking stock of what's important in your own life . . . and never letting it go.

It didn't start out as the worst day of Natalie Miller's life. At 30, she is moving up the political ladder, driven by raw ambition and ruthless determination. As the top aide to New York's powerful female senator, she works hard, stays late, and enjoys every bit of it, even if the bills she's pushing through do little to improve the lives of the senator's constituents. And if her boyfriend isn't the sexiest guy alive, at least he's a warm body to come home to.

Then he announces he's leaving. But that news is barely a blip compared to what Natalie's doctor tells her: She has breast cancer. And she can't cure it by merely being headstrong. Now the life Natalie must change is her own.

All her energy, what little of it she has left, must go into saving herself from a merciless disease. So when she's not lying on the sofa recovering from her treatments and indulging in a curious addiction to The Price Is Right, she realizes it's time to take a hard look at her choices. She begins by tracking down the five loves-of-her-life to assess what went wrong. Along the way, she questions her relationships with her friends, her parents, her colleagues, the one who got away, and, most important, with herself: Why is she so busy moving through life that she never stops to embrace it?

As Natalie sleuths out the answers to these questions, her journey of self-discovery takes her down new paths and to unexplored places. And she learns that sometimes when life is at its most unexpected, it's not what you lose that makes you who you are . . . it's what you find.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nela | 2/5/2014

    " Loved it. Thought it would be sad, but it was a great story, very intertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 2/1/2014

    " I loved this book. Everything about it. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put it down. I got so much out of this book just through things the main character experiences. It was wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renae | 2/1/2014

    " I'd say a solid 3 1/2 stars. Good read about a single woman's experience with breast cancer and life. Definitely a tear jerker; however, the author interjects a lot of humor into the story as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheery | 1/15/2014

    " I cried by pages 53, 99, 123 and others. Scotch's novel tells the story of chemotherapy treatments and showed the feelings of the main character. Her characters are well developed: their professions, actions, living situations ... suited plot development. I do feel that the conclusion of the story was rushed, but to be even handed, there were enough clues along the way to anticipate the story's end. I'd like to read another book by Scotch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/13/2014

    " While I'm the kind of person who cries at sappy commercials, it takes a lot for a book to get me to that point. The last time I even got close to weepy was at the end of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Well, not only did Allison Winn Scotch's book make me cry (more than once, mind you), it made me laugh out loud as well. Her writing is so breezy and enjoyable that, before you know it, you will have read the entire book. I miss the book's characters already! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and the lessons that Natalie learns. I can't help but thing the author must be incredibly well-adjusted! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/3/2014

    " A difficult journey through cancer with an unfortunately unlikeable heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Brennan | 12/9/2013

    " I was quite surprised by this book. I really ended up enjoying it and rooting for Natalie in the end to figure life out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 12/8/2013

    " A very engaging novel that reads like a memoir. The authenticity and power of this book didn't hit me until after I finished it - Winn Scotch's prose grows on the soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 N.T. | 12/3/2013

    " Loved it -- the writing, the character and tale. It hit very close to home and own journey. Appreciated the journey of the character in work and in life, determining her own identity and shifting unexpectedly her perspective in a very human way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattie F. | 10/17/2013

    " Nice story for a fall day, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 9/14/2013

    " I enjoyed the author's style of writing - main character, Natalie is top aide for a senator - and is battling breast cancer - "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 9/9/2013

    " Really liked this one. It was on a list of suggested reading by one of my favorite authors, Jen Lancaster ("Bitter is the New Black", etc.) Despite the potentially depressing subject matter of breast cancer, this was a funny and entertaining read. I am going to look into other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 8/17/2013

    " A quick read (stayed up late reading it last night!) about realizing what's important in life when faced with your own mortality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 8/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Inspiring and uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Esse | 7/6/2013

    " A terrific book. I can't wait to read Allison's next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/25/2013

    " Wow, what a heartfelt and great read. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. It's hard to imagine a book about cancer can be uplifting, but it oddly was. I was bawling at the end. Really beautiful writing - funny moments, heartbreaking moments, and everything in between. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amcleod84 | 4/2/2013

    " This is the first book in a long time that I couldn't put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, the main character is completely relatable, I think that is what I enjoyed most. It was a very realistic story also. This was the first book I read by this author, I am looking forward to reading more by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/15/2012

    " Easy quick read once I started it again. A good choice for summer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami | 7/27/2012

    " A really decent book. About a girl struggling with breast cancer and reeling from a breakup. The book is more about finding oneself despite the hardships. I recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 6/30/2012

    " The Department of Lost and Found just came out in paperback! Yay! "

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About the Author
Author Allison Winn Scotch

Allison Winn Scotch is the bestselling author of The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found. Prior to becoming a fiction writer, she was a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and websites, including Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Fitness, Glamour, and Redbook. She received her BA in history and marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. When not writing fiction, Scotch writes celebrity profiles for a variety of magazines. She lives in New York with her family.

About the Narrator

Julia Whelan, winner of twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards, won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Romance Narration in 2013 and was twice a finalist for an Audie in 2015. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows, most notably ABC’s Once and Again. After receiving her college degree, she returned to the film industry and is also a writer. Her audiobook credits include memoir, nonfiction, romance, supernatural thrillers, young adult, and adult fiction.