Item description for Following My Toes by Laurel Osterkamp...
Even if nobody believes her, Faith Emerson knows she's psychic. After all, she totally saw it coming when Peter, her boyfriend of two years, dumped her for her best friend. Heartbroken, Faith needs a fresh start. So when her good friend Carolyn suggests she move from Duluth to Minneapolis, Faith takes the plunge and embarks on a new adventure. However, Faith soon learns things don't always go as planned when she's forced to deal with a coffee shop customer from hell, a bruised tailbone, a phone-sex operator roommate, a freeloading younger sister, her parents' taxidermy convention, and a new love interest who may be stalking her. Yet every time Faith tries to rely on her perceptive abilities, friends or family accuse her of being self-involved. Faith believes in love, but knows she must solve the stalker mystery before she can trust any of the new men in her life. In the process she discovers that she has more to learn about following her heart and following her instincts than she ever imagined. Following My Toes is a tale of love and forgiveness, told with humor and a fresh, innovative voice! Laurel Osterkamp has been a comedy writer for Minneapolis performance groups over the last seven years. She currently teaches creative writing to high school students, and lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son. This is her first novel.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 23, 2006
Publisher PMI Books
ISBN 1933826274 ISBN13 9781933826271
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Reviews - What do customers think about Following My Toes?
A fun and attention-grabbing book Jul 29, 2008
Following My Toes is a fun and quick read. Faith Emerson may or may not have some psychic abilities. Her belief in her powers is just one dimension of a well-developed and entertaining heroine.
The author does an excellent job of drawing the reader into the plot from the very beginning. It works as sort of a reverse whodunit as we know immediately that Faith will be abducted, but we don't know by whom. As she tries to start a new life in a new city, she meets many new people and the reader is left guessing which will be her captor and which will become new friends. If there is a flaw it is that the eventual kidnapping is somewhat anti-climactic, but more tension might have taken away from the mostly light tone of the book.
Overall, a witty book with some interesting thoughts on forgiveness and reading it was definitely an enjoyable use of my time. I think most fans of chick lit will agree.
A little slow.... Jan 10, 2008
I dont really have too much input or deep feelings about this book, but it was different than the usual book I would choose to read. It was a little on the slow side and I wish the story was a bit more involved. With that said, I hope the author's next book will be just as good or better than this.
Endearing First Novel Oct 22, 2007
Here is fun book whose heroine, Faith Emerson, is smart, literate (she's a high school English teacher who actually cares about her subject) and clueless--at least when it comes to self-knowledge, interpersonal relationships, and her own best qualities.
When Faith makes the giant step of moving from Duluth to Minneapolis, MN (a welcome change, by the way--an actual "chick lit" book that does not take place in London or Los Angeles!), she leaves behind more than a broken heart (her long-time boyfriend has left her for her best friend). She has also left behind her preconceived notions about herself, her so-called psychic abilities, and most of her carefully cherished perceptions.
Follow Faith as she makes her way in newly single life. Don't think Mary Richards--this woman is wholly original, and so endearing that you can't help caring about what she does or does not do--and whom she loves and does not love.
Just a fun, delightful novel, well-written, full of unexpected meaning, and lovely to read.
Enjoyable story about characters with lots of growing to do Oct 12, 2007
Faith Emerson isn't very happy with her boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her, she's still devastated. When she learns who he left her for, she feels even worse. Finally, she decides to pull up her roots and move from Duluth to Minneapolis where, she hopes, she'll be able to find a new teaching job. Faith quickly runs into a cute auto repair guy, a friendly neighbor, and a nerdy frat-style boy. It might sound nice to have three guys around, semi-interested except one of them seems to be stalking her--or possibly stalking her weird roommate.
Faith doesn't like it when her friends and family tell her she's self-absorbed, and she feels superior to her roommate who is run over by a 6 pound dog and has to quit her job due to the injuries, but the it turns out that the only hope she has for a teaching job is something lined up by the mechanic--whom she insults at just about every turn. Meanwhile, Faith's former number 2 and now number 1 friend has messed up her own relationship and Faith can't figure out how to put it back together.
Did I mention being held hostage or Faith's psychic toe?
Author Laurel Osterkamp manages a mostly entertaining story about a woman who is, sadly, every bit as self-absorbed and stuck on herself as her friends and family claim. Because FOLLOWING MY TOES is first person, we very much want to like Faith and cheer her on as she deals with heartbreak, possible new romance, and being stalked by a mysterious stranger. Liking her is hard, though. Her feelings of superiority and knowing what's best for others, while she's ruining her own life, are extremely realistic. They are also unsympathetic.
Osterkamp kept me involved in the story, wondering how things were going to come out, whether my guess of the stalker's identity was correct (it was), and whether Faith could pull herself together and rise to a new level. I would have liked to see a bit more dimension in some of the characters (roommate Missy is a cartoon and new best-friend Carolyn is not especially sympathetic), but I still foud the story enjoyable.
A fun and sometimes silly look at interpersonal relationships of all kinds Oct 10, 2007
The title of this novel comes from the main character, Faith: Faith believes that she has a touch of psychic ability, as every time something good is going to happen, her toes itch. Unfortunately, though, she is totally taken off-guard at the start of the book, when her boyfriend of two years breaks up with her. With both her boyfriend and her best friend gone, Faith submits to the cajoling of her college roommate, Carolyn, and agrees to move from Duluth to Minneapolis for a fresh start. Almost immediately, she meets an interesting new guy, but this soon goes awry, as does her other male encounters. Faith has no job, her new roommate is a little nutty, and she suspects that she is being stalked--what's a girl to do?
Faith's psychic abilities turn out to be tangential to the main story, which is about friendships, relationships, betrayal, and forgiveness. Although more likely to appeal to women, the novel is not your typical "chick lit," as it focuses more on the imperfection in interpersonal relationships than living happily ever after. Although it sometimes seemed like Faith's character was a bit inconsistent and the story verged on the the implausible at times, it was an absorbing read, and I found myself laughing out loud a few times. If you don't mind a bit of silly with your reality, I would recommend this book.