Monday, April 27, 2015

Review- Identity Theft by Laura Lee

Goodreads Summary:

When a bored employee in the office of a rock star decides to flirt with a fan online in the guise of his boss, he sets off a chain of events he cannot control.


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Identity Theft by Laura Lee in exchange for an honest review. We thank Laura Lee for the book! 
I admire Laura Lee's poetic and slightly philosophical writing, so when the author contacted me to read her novel, Identity Theft, I didn't see any reason to let it pass. Even though the story seemed like something different coming from the author, I was looking forward to the book and the most important part is that it didn't disappoint at all. 
Identity Theft seems like an amalgamation of all those cool chick-lit books I like to read once in a while, but it is much more than just chick-lit or a contemporary for that matter. Even though the book predominantly falls under these two genres, the subtle importance given to basic human personality and the immense involvement of psychology makes me think that there's really much more to the book than just a light read. And perhaps it's exactly all that that makes it a true Laura Lee book. 
Identity Theft is the story of three people who find themselves at a crossroads when their identities are mistaken and played with. Blast, whose band name is the same as his stage name, is a sexy British rockstar for whom making music is like breathing and his real self, Ollie, is a simple, sensitive and sweet guy who just wants to lead a normal, ordinary and regular life. Ethan is a very regular, kind of average guy who works for Blast and is given the job of taking care of Blast's social media networking and he takes it upon himself to reply to the tons of fan mail that's sent to Blast, making him wonder what Blast has that he doesn't. Candi is like any other woman- she wants to have a secured and stable life and her huge crush on Blast makes her write to him and she's over the moon when she actually hears back from her most favourite musician. 
Each of the three characters have been absolutely well portrayed and their distinct personalities have been explained in detail so much so that the reader even gets to read from each of their point of view in third person, although the pattern in which the reader gets in each of their head isn't really fixed. The writing is very simple and well put down which makes it an easy read.  
I consider myself lucky to have read both the endings that Laura Lee came up with for Identity Theft and I know which ending I like more since it's a kind of ending that, even though it doesn't build anything in concrete, it leaves each of the characters with a much needed closure. This book is a very amusing and highly enjoyable read that isn't just something you read and forget because it is made up of various phenomena that open up some serious topics for discussion. For me, in general, it was a journey I took with Blast, Ethan and Candi and I enjoyed every moment I spent with them. 


  1. Oh cool, this actually sounds a lot like the kind of book I have been digging lately (which says something as I'm usually not a contemporary person, as you know). It's so neat that you got to read two endings! Very cool. I would love that as I love comparing the writing processes of alternate scenes. Great review, Sarika :)

  2. I haven't read about two endings in novels before, so this does sound different.. it would be interesting to compare and contrast them though - going to be adding this one to my TBR soon, wonderful review overall :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  3. I'm really glad that you ended up enjoying this one Sarika, I know what you mean about you remembering books long after finishing them. Thanks for putting this one on my radar!


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