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Ashley's world is perfect-until her mother disappears, accused of embezzling a million dollars. Left completely on her own, Ashley ends up living in a camper behind a gas station. Her friends have abandoned her, bills are piling up, and she can't understand why her mother doesn't come home.Ashley survives by taking a job in a quirky San Francisco coffee shop, where she finAshley's world is perfect-until her mother disappears, accused of embezzling a million dollars. Left completely on her own, Ashley ends up living in a camper behind a gas station. Her friends have abandoned her, bills are piling up, and she can't understand why her mother doesn't come home.Ashley survives by taking a job in a quirky San Francisco coffee shop, where she finds the friends, the confidence, and the courage to start putting her life back together. But there is still one piece of her former life that just doesn't fit into her new one. What really happened to Ashley's mother?...

Title : My Lost and Found Life
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ISBN : 9781582347363
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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My Lost and Found Life Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-11-21 17:06

    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.comIt's five days before graduation and Ashley's perfect life is crumbling. Her mother is being accused of embezzling a million dollars, and has disappeared. Ashley can't believe her mother would do something like that, much less disappear and leave her with the fall-out. Although it's starting to look like it all might be true. One by one the things Ashley counted on and took for granted are falling away. There's no way she can afford the senior trip to Hawaii. Her perfect boyfriend won't even acknowledge her. Gone are her plans to go to college in Boston with her best friend. Not to mention the bills, but those can wait for her mom to come back. Except it's getting pretty obvious that she's not coming back. Suddenly Ashley, who's always just gotten what she asked for, has to fend for herself. It's a hard crash course in reality. There's no way she can afford to keep the house, even after she has a yard sale to sell off its contents. She needs a job, but it's hard to find a job with no work experience. It's impossible to find a place to live without income. The only people who can help are her mother's ex-boyfriend, who doesn't like her, her mother's best friend, who thinks she's a spoiled brat, and the cop who's investigating her mom. Everyone seems to be waiting for her to fail. Ashley finds herself living in a camper behind a gas station., without heat or running water. She falls into a job at Mad Malcom's, an off-beat coffee shop where the clientele is as nutty as the owner. In her wildest dreams she could never imagine her life getting this off track. The question is, can she pull herself out of where she`s ended up? And, what really happened to her mother? On the way through she learns a few things about real friends, dangerous people, and personal strength. MY LOST AND FOUND LIFE is so well-written that Ashley seems like a real person. It's written like an autobiography, and I almost forgot that it wasn't a true story. Especially since it could be--things like this actually happen to people. It is a good reminder that you don't always know what people have been through. As well as a reminder that you might be surprised at what you can do when you run out of options.

  • Melodie
    2019-12-07 14:59

    Since I wrote this book, I naturally give it a five-star rating. But, hey, I actually LIKE my book. It was and is meaningful to me.

  • Erica
    2019-12-06 19:03

    I randomly picked up this book because I saw that my friend Alex read it (and she has pretty good taste in books). It's the only YA novel on her shelf, so I thought I'd have to give it a try. I managed to read this book in a single day. I didn't want to put it down even though I had some last minute homework to do (I ended up blowing off the homework, haha. Not unusual when I'm reading a good book!). "My Lost and Found Life" captivated me from the very first paragraph and didn't let me go. It is a heartwarming story about a young woman who is thrust into growing up fast, making the best of a bad situation, about making decisions right or wrong, about discovering love, relationships and learning to cope with life's journeys. Ashley's transformation is amazing, and I highly recommend this book to all girls finishing up high school! I believe they will both enjoy it as much as I did.

  • Mrs. Schatz
    2019-12-01 15:49

    Liked it enough to read in one sitting!!! Ashley was a number one BRAT!!! Spoiled, conceited, popular, smart, sassy, and huge amount of self-entitlement. This changed when her mother disappears and is accused of embezzlement. The rest of the book is Ashley's journey from what she was to a smart, resourceful, educated, self-reliant, thoughtful, aware girl. It was a great read and hopefully the reader will take something positive from it and Ashley's journey.

  • Kara
    2019-11-15 13:10

    When reading the realistic fiction book My Lost and Found Life by Melodie Bowsher, I really liked the overall scenario. I thought it was really interesting how the author started the book and added certain events throughout. The story involves a girl named Ashley and her mom. Ashley had just graduated high school when one day her mom went missing. The night before her mom left the two of them had an argument! Multiple things started to go wrong from that point forward. Ashley was having a rough time paying the bills and keeping friends when the FBI started their investigation as well. Her mother was being accused of embezzling a million dollars! After making connections, the FBI and Ashley start to piece it all together. Ashley is soon forced out of her home leaving her with the only option of living in her mom’s boyfriend’s camper! Also during this time, she is forced to get a job at a coffee shop where she begins to face new problems and interactions with people. One of my favorite parts of the book was that I was able to see the situation through Ashley’s eyes. It really made me able to realize what was going on and the tragedy of it all! When the FBI first knocked on Ashley’s door, I could really tell how she felt about the situation and feel her frustration. While reading this book, I felt as if Bowsher really made it flow well and always had something going on. She expressed the tragic mood well. If you like action, drama, and a book that leaves you wondering and curious about what will happen next, I definitely suggest My Lost and Found Life!

  • Madi Robbins
    2019-11-13 18:06

    I think this overall was a great book and had lots of drama and suspense. I think this book had a lot of tension and everything just seemed to have a meaning to the story. At first i was confused of why her mom would do that to her (you have to read to see what she did), but then i realized there background and how everything was. My favorite part and probably the most interesting part was how she handled the whole situation and what she did to try to fix it. I would recommend this book to people who like slight mysteries, drama, and an action filled story.

  • Kiauna
    2019-12-02 14:01

    My Lost and Found Life was surprisingly worthwhile. The cover itself would make you feel like you’re about to read a teenage sob story, which it was to an extent, but it’s written in an amusing way to get through to its readers. The wording alone was simple, but it gave insightful advice. For example, Ashley ends the story by saying “My mother made herself responsible for everyone else’s happiness, and in the process she crossed the line between right and wrong. But I can’t hate her for it. Whatever she did, she always loved me, I am still, and always, her daughter” (Bowsher 312). Melodie Bowsher has a clever, yet relatable way of getting her message across. We as teens love to get whatever we want, not knowing what our parents go through to provide us with those things. Some of us would get angry if we don’t get what we want; however, you won’t live with that anger once you find out your mother disappeared after digging a huge whole for herself by trying to please everyone else all her life. Melodie Bowsher’s purpose for writing this book was to show a mother-daughter relationship take a turn and change a spoiled girl’s outlook on life. Ashley was a high school student that had everything you could ever imagine: popularity, a cute boyfriend, and all the expensive clothes that were in style. A few days before graduation and their senior class trip to Hawaii, Ashley’s mother went missing. No one knows where she went or why she left, but her disappearance was linked to an embezzlement of her company’s money. Ashley had to learn the hard way about funding everything on her own. Today, teens are raised to feel like they have a sense of entitlement, yet this book’s point is to show you aren’t entitled to anything: you have to work for what you want. The greatest strength of this book is the fact that it shows growth within a character. The whole San Francisco knew about the spoiled girl with a mother that steals money from her job and runs away; leaving her daughter alone. Everyone doubted Ashley’s ability to survive on her own and make something of herself. Instead of proving them right, Ashley made some unpredictable changes by living in an old camper behind the gas station for months, and working inside a Madhouse coffee shop with people that seemed abnormal to her. The greatest weakness must have been the author’s way of building suspense. While reading, you want her to get to the point and say what’s going on: but she doesn’t do that right away. The best books leave you wanting more, which you can only get by continuing to read. I would recommend this book to my girlfriends as a way of entertainment or even a reality check to let them know they should never take advantage of their mother. Once you lose everything, there’s no getting that back. You have to work towards something new. This book has many inspirational quotes within it, one being “experience is always the best teacher” (Bowsher 251). I would tell someone to read this book to just read about Ashley’s story. While reading My Lost and Found Life, I was able to relate to Ashley over any other character. I’m the girl that loves fashion and is known around school. I saw this as an eye opener because I realize how much my mother sacrifices for me and I wouldn’t have as much strength to go about life as Ashley did. This impacts a teenage audience and leaves a lasting value as we learn to stop our selfish ways and appreciate what we have today, because it can be gone tomorrow. Ashley sounds like she has grown as she admits she “wouldn’t call it courage, I just didn’t have any choice. It was sink or swim after my mother disappeared” (Bowsher 285). When her friends left her after they heard about her story, Ashley got attention from the outcasts in school, including a girl that strips, parties, and takes drugs for a living. She could’ve followed that path, but Ashley found other ways to stay alive and live a life her mother would be proud of. That’s what touched me the most because she continuously thought about what her mom would want her to do in order to make her proud of who she’s becoming.

  • Summer
    2019-11-14 14:08

    At first, I thought this was going to be a 'Poor Little Rich Girl' story, but I'm REALLY glad I read it. Though Ashley was spoiled by her mother, I feel like she really grew as a character as the book progressed. I genuinely laughed (view spoiler)[Weekend in the cabin with Patrick, anyone? ;) (hide spoiler)] AND cried (view spoiler)[when she discovered her mom really WAS dead. And she'd driven right past the place the car went off the road. (hide spoiler)] as I read this book. I loved the characters so much. Tattie, Malcolm, Earl, Patrick. They were all fantastic. I fell in love with them all. And you can really see how much Ashley changes through the book. From being a stuck-up, spoiled brat to getting a job at the Nuthouse and going through hell not knowing where her mother is. (view spoiler)[And the fire at the nuthouse really shook me up. How close they all came to death themselves. Ashley's quick thinking saved lives and more people would have died if not for her, including poor Steffie. And even Malcolm, who she sent Tom after. (hide spoiler)] I love how Ashley progressed as a character and how all the people she wouldn't have thought about twice when she was a snob became her family in her time of need. I absolutely LOVED this book and read it more than once, eventually buying a copy of my own from Amazon so I can read whenever I want. Definitely Recommended to anyone who will give it a chance. I even made my best friend read it.

  • Shantana Stanhope
    2019-12-06 15:59

    I really liked this book. I picked it because i was in need of a book to read for classes with it being the first week of school, so this book looked good. Its about this girl named Ashley that had a good life till it crashed in on her after her mom was accused of embezzling a million dollars. Ashley knew in the back of her head that her mother would never do such a thing but the police still came in the house and searched up and down for "clues". Her mom went missing after all of this happened and that left Ashley alone with money but not enough to live off for the rest of her life. Thats when a friend of her mom told her she was going to have to get a job to make ends meet. The only thing i didnt exactly like about My Lost and Found Life was how it didnt tell you where Ashleys mom had went or what happened till the very end. I just wanted to know but at the same time i liked it because it kept you reading because you want to know what happened. I highly recommend this book.

  • Joe Young
    2019-11-22 17:05

    This book made me cry. If you able to read it without crying you might be a robot or an alien unfamiliar with the human relations between mothers and daughters. Even some robots cry oily tears when they read this book - that's how touching it is.Ashley is a typical, upper-class teenager living in the suburbs of San Francisco. She is popular, dates a hot, vacuous football player, shops at the most expensive boutiques and has her future all gloriously planned out. A few weeks prior to her Senior class trip to Hawaii Ashley's mother disappears amidst rumors of embezzling money from her employers. Now Ashley is left with no family, no money, and no clue about what to do next! Author Melodie Bowsher crafts a gripping, emotional tale of one girls journey of growth and self-discovery. Highly recommended, although themes of teen sex and drug use are prevelent.

  • Ciarra
    2019-11-15 13:12

    Upper class, spoiled, and bratty Ashley Mitchell had a high sense of self-entitlement. But that all changed when her mother is MIA and accused of embezzling millions of dollars.I loved almost everything about this story because the main character changed so much in such a positive way. Although it took a tragedy, she became such a better person. She went from having everything to nothing. Instead of wallowing in misery, Ashley was smart and took control of her life and learned to work hard, appreciate what she has and provide for herself.Each character had a specific and well played influence on the story. None were out of place. The plot was progressive and the subplots added a nice touch. Great story. Sad ending. It was touching. If you're annoyed by Ashley's shallow self-absorbed personality in the beginning, just finish the book. It's definitely worth it.

  • Kelly
    2019-12-02 12:47

    My Lost and Found Life is about a senior, Ashley, whos mother is accused of stealing 1 million dollars. Her mother disappears for a day, then a week, then months. Ashley can't pay the bills, and she has never had a job before in her life. She doesn't have anyone to turn to for help, having all her friends at college. Her mother's best friend thinks she is a spoiled rich kid. Her mother's boyfriend is a jerk, who couldn't care less about her. She doesn't know how she will live, without a job, place to stay or anyone there to help. She goes on for months wondering what happened to her mother, why did she abandon her? She eventually finds out the terrible truth. My Lost and Found Life is written as if you actully know Ashley. You feel as if you know what she is going through, even if you don't. This is a great book, recommended to anyone who wants a good mystery.

  • Sarah
    2019-12-01 19:55

    Ashley is living a typical life with her mother in San Francisco until the day she finds out her mother has been embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from her company. Even worse, her mother has apparently skipped town and left Ashley to fend for herself. Eighteen-year-old Ashley now has to figure out how to live on her own by getting a job, finding a new place to live, and starting a new life alone. Bowsher portrays the struggles of a girl used to an easy life being thrust into the real world. While the story occasionally stepped into unlikely events, Bowsher otherwise depicts Ashley’s struggles realistically. This book is for an older teen reader, because it deals explicitly with drugs, alcohol abuse, and sex.

  • Jessica
    2019-11-13 15:05

    My Lost and Found Life is about Ashley, a high school senior who's mom is accused of embezzling money from her job. When the police show up looking for her mother and no one can get in touch with her Ashley begins to worry. Her situation worsens when weeks then months go by with no one hearing from Ashley's mom. So, Ashley, the spoiled, selfish teenager has to find somewhere to live and get a job and start taking care of herself. The majority of this book was really interesting, but then the last quarter of the book had too many over-the-top situations to keep it even remotely realistic. But, overall it was a very interesting and entertaining book and Ashley's transformation is very well-done.

  • Shannon
    2019-11-13 13:05

    Right after I read it, I saw that there were lots of good reviews, and that's fine for those people, but I didn't like it. I guess is was because Ashley was spoiled and had no sense at all of what to do after her mother left. I read the beginning and kept thinking of what she should've done. I know that she was made spoiled on purpose, but she just really annoyed me. So I ended up reading the beginning, part of the middle, and the end, without parts in between, and I don't think it would have helped me much to read the rest. It was one of those books where I didn't feel bad about skipping over parts to the end.

  • Morgan Ames
    2019-11-28 21:15

    This book is about a girl who has everything. The perfect house, all the nicest clothes and car, and the hottest boyfriend in the school; but when one day her mother doesn't come home and the police are looking for her, everything changes. Ashley is forced to sell the house, move away, get a job and completely restart her life by herself. I liked this book for the most part. It sort of reminded me of a gossip girl, clique book kind of story but it was pretty good. I would recommend it to girls in high school. I think others would want to read this because it's a story of growing up and conquering things that didn't always seem possible.

  • Stephanie A.
    2019-11-17 16:59

    Went back and forth on how much I liked it -- great storyline with cool characters at the Madhouse, while she tended to be a horrible main character and I was peeved at all the unnecessary sex, more on the level I expect from adult fiction -- but ultimately with the missing-mother mystery element it pulled itself off. Not without squeezing my heart a few times, though, playing on my irrational fears of losing your only family and being thrown out into the world with essentially nothing and zero work experience to boot.

  • Ms. B
    2019-11-29 18:13

    Ashley is pretty and popular, about to graduate high school and move across the country for college. But when her mom is accused of a crime and suddenly disappears, Ashley's plans are turned upside down. She's on her own for the first time in her life, and paying the bills isn't as easy as she thought it would be. Going from a big house in the suburbs to a trailer in the back of a gas station, the former Homecoming Queen isn't sure if she'll ever get back on track. Intense and at times heart-breaking.

  • Sascha
    2019-11-12 18:05

    Well. It's like this. I read four or five or six pages and thought, "well, there is no way in hell I am finishing this." The "heroine" is so self-absorbed, so supercilious that I cannot abide reading another paragraph. But I did. And, it was worth it.Ashley changes from a very self-absorbed teenager into a survivor, and not only a survivor, but into a total, caring individual.If you start reading this book and want to throw it against the wall, don't. It's the worth the entire read.Excellent job, Ms. Bowsher!

  • Kemble
    2019-11-17 14:59

    First you had Generation X, then Generation Y. This is a novel about the current group of teens. Generation $. Entitled and spoiled, prom queen Ashley is the outrageously snarky voice of this generation. She must suddenly learn to fend for herself after her mother disappears. That ain't easy when you don't even know how to pay your own Nordstrom's bill. MY LOST AND FOUND LIFE is a highly entertaining tale about the price of privilege. Set in the wealthy San Francisco area, every indulgent soccer parent should read this to see what they're turning their kids into!

  • Kelli
    2019-11-26 14:51

    This book was ok. I was really intrigued at the beginning, wanting to see how she found herself after having a worst possible scenario happen to her, but it wasn't as deep as I expected it to be. I liked her relationship with the old man and was pretty bummed when her mom ends up being dead and she finds out her mom really was a criminal and a mess. There was a lot of build up about the involvement of the married guy in her mothers scandal and then no explanation until the last couple pages of the book and a scarce one at that.

  • Lacey
    2019-11-19 17:58

    I love books full quirky characters and coffeehouses. After reading the book jacket and noticing the main character, Ashley, finds a job in a nutty coffee house, I instantly threw it in my reading bag. And it was good. The first half of the book is slow, but finally picks up toward the middle. I enjoyed watching Ashley's life progress in a good way, especially after thinking she was a total and complete bitch in the first half. It takes big things to change your view of life and yourself and that's exactly what she had to do. I enjoyed the book and want to visit San Francisco again!

  • Jonitta
    2019-12-05 14:05

    The book my life lost and found is about a girl who comes home one day and dosnt find her mom. She just thinks she was working late until a police comes to her house and tells her that her mom stealed 10,000 dollers from her office! This book teaches you that it takes more then one person to do the job. It also teaches you that you should keep an eye on the oeople you meet because they might just turn on you.

  • Laura Noelle
    2019-11-23 19:48

    I was surprised at the depth of this book...and for the most part, enjoyed the story. I picked it up because it took place in San Francisco, a place a know well. The characters are realistic, and the story sad and hopeful. I identify with a life lost and found, so it resonated with me. Really it's the story of a girl coping with life when everything she's ever known has been taken from her. It's her coming of age story, and it's pretty cool.

  • Tressa
    2019-11-17 18:11

    I didn't expect to like My Lost and Found Life as much as I did. I was engrossed in Ashley's story and couldn't stop reading as I wanted to know what would happen next. The ending was satisfying even though there weren't any easy or pat answers. I thought Ashley was admirable and lucky, which the author, Melodie Bowsher, showed in the story. In the end, it's all about choices--the ones you make and the ones that other people make.

  • Lydia
    2019-11-17 18:05

    So what do you do when you are a spoiled San Francisco teen, graduating high school who discovers your mother has been embezzling from her company to keep you in Dolce & Gabbana and iPhones?I found this a bit tedious. The moral of the story is apparent from the very beginning. The characters tend to feel rather shallow and some teens would really be put off by the general feel of the writing.

  • Melissa Truluck
    2019-12-04 19:00

    This is the most heartbreaking and uplifting book I have ever read. It makes you realize how much daughters need their mothers and if they weren't there then the whole world would not make sense. Melodie did an amazing job on a first novel. I only wish there were several more to read, and maybe even a sequel to see how Ashley is doing in her life.

  • Megan M.
    2019-11-24 14:47

    pretty good book. The girl is veeery spoiled, but then when her mother leaves her with nothing she has to fend for herself. It's a scary world when your all alone, but she has to learn to get through it. Everybody hates her except for her friend Nicole, so it might just be the best thing for her to start all over with a new life.

  • Linda
    2019-11-13 14:48

    Fairly predictable plot but writing not that badly done. A bit of a surprise ending. But why do all the characters in situations like these find salvation in a Bohemian coffee shop after finding a job as a waitress? YAs should like it though and it could be worse.

  • Kaye
    2019-11-13 19:15

    Ashley is vapid, vain, and unpleasant all around until her mother disappears due to an embezzling charge. The story may be a bit predictable. Through hardship, Ashley starts to grow up, and the reader starts to root for her. This was a quick and satisfying read.