Future Perfect
A witty, unflinching, and provocative memoir about one woman’s journey into the fact, fiction, and fraud of the modern mystical complex. In the months following the breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Victoria Loustalot crossed paths with multiple psychics eager to impart their vision. Persistent and prescient, each one slightly chipped away at Victoria’s innate skepticism. She had to admit that what they knew about her past was eerily accurate. As for her future? She couldn’t shake the feeling that some powerful force in the universe was trying to tell her something and, for once, she ought to listen. Or at least investigate.In Future Perfect, Victoria draws on her own personal experience to launch a broader inquiry into the phenomena of psychics, shamans, astrologers, and their fans. Through historical documents and interviews with clairvoyants, seers, and their believers, Victoria opens herself up to the modern mystical complex in cultures and cities around the globe. She pays close attention to what they have to tell us about how we choose to live, what we might be missing out on in the process, and what in the world we’re supposed to do with all that information.

Future Perfect Details

TitleFuture Perfect
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 2019
PublisherLittle A
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Biography Memoir

Future Perfect Review

  • Trudy
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon’s First Look promotion. I’ve been studying what the author refers to as “the woo-woo stuff” since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional basis.This book was nothing more than a vehicle for a New Yorker with an MFA to publicly express her level of discontent. It has little or nothing to do with the title, as the reader eventually realizes she had no intentio Full disclosure: I received this book free as a member of Amazon Prime through Amazon’s First Look promotion. I’ve been studying what the author refers to as “the woo-woo stuff” since the early 1980s, and have been a Reiki master since 1999. I do not practice on a professional basis.This book was nothing more than a vehicle for a New Yorker with an MFA to publicly express her level of discontent. It has little or nothing to do with the title, as the reader eventually realizes she had no intention of fully researching the subject. Most of the book is about herself, and while I realize it is labeled as a memoir, it is never explained to the reader how her myriad personal issues and her politics have anything to do with the claimed search on the cover. I don’t know how much time or effort she devoted to her research. Had she taken a moment to search Google for classes in her own backyard, (over two million results for astrology alone in NYC) and a few hours perhaps with any of the many in-person astrology or other divination classes available nearby, she would have discovered that: 1) Spirituality has very little to do with visiting psychics. People study divination and related subjects for all kinds of reasons other than working as professional psychics.2) Politics and discussion of same is actively discouraged, if not outright forbidden in this setting. That’s because politics are considered a negative, material construct and most students avoid negativity as much as possible.One of the other reviewers on Amazon said the material in the book would amount to a magazine article, and I can wholeheartedly agree with that. Even so, some of that material is incorrect or misleading. For example, her session with a Reiki practitioner does not resemble any treatment I’ve ever known anyone to do or have even heard about. That mistake would also have been avoided with a cursory internet search. Early on in the book, when she’s on the way to visiting the psychic in New Jersey, she mentions she’s reading Psychic Self-defense by Dion Fortune. There is no mention of how she came to be reading that particular book, and apparently she was unaware that it was written in the 1930s and is today considered outdated and even unnecessary by many in the field. Both the field and humanity have vastly evolved since then. All the Loustalot says is that it’s scary. Well, it would be, out of context and read in the 21st Century. There is little of value in this work to the general public. It could have been worthwhile had the author been able to get out of her own way, or had the editor or any of the legions of people she thanks at the end of the book bothered to notice there were serious problems in the manuscript.
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  • Hillary
    January 1, 1970
    Did not finish.This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love.I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay more about the author's young adult life than about anything related to mystics. I feel like I'm walking down a path and I'm constantly being led off down side paths. We're not getting anywhere.I'm simply not enjoying i Did not finish.This was one of the December 2018 Amazon First Reads choices. I am about 20% in and have decided to stop because life is too short to waste on a book I don't love.I was intrigued by the topic. However, while well written, there is too much here. I've learned waaaay more about the author's young adult life than about anything related to mystics. I feel like I'm walking down a path and I'm constantly being led off down side paths. We're not getting anywhere.I'm simply not enjoying it, so I stop here.
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  • Julia V
    January 1, 1970
    This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of consciousness), but the entire concept of the book. This is really the first book I felt the need to write a bad review about.This is not a skeptics search for an honest mystic. This is someone who dabbles in spiritualism This is genuinely the worst book I have read all year (It's 12/26.. so that means something). Honestly it may be one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like the biggest problem is not the quality of the writing (although the entire book seems to be written in stream of consciousness), but the entire concept of the book. This is really the first book I felt the need to write a bad review about.This is not a skeptics search for an honest mystic. This is someone who dabbles in spiritualism, but never quite dives in. The most interesting and well worded points about mysticism were direct quotes from sources. Most of the book seems to avoid the topic completely. There were multiple chapters that were simply about Victoria's life and mentioned a psychic for a few sentences. In a very loosely connected way. Each chapter felt like an introductory chapter. I really feel like she wanted to write a memoir about an uncertain time in her life, and this was a nice way to get it published.Not only does this book not reach a conclusion, but it never quite reaches a complete thought. There is not a beginning. There is not a middle. There is not an end. I really wanted to like this book but I really just felt as conned as the people seeking psychic help.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, and spends most of the book responding to random New York Times pieces and musing on how she expects this book will be received. This would have benefitted from some structure, but because of the meandering style it wa Jumbled and rambling. This book does not follow "a skeptic's search for an honest mystic." Mostly this follows a woman's relationship with a new boyfriend, which happens to overlap with a period of time when she was researching astrology. She offers little insight on spiritualism, and spends most of the book responding to random New York Times pieces and musing on how she expects this book will be received. This would have benefitted from some structure, but because of the meandering style it was just all over the place and confusing. I would not recommending picking up this book.
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  • Bari Dzomba
    January 1, 1970
    Giving this 2 stars only because I feel sorry for the author. I actually started to enjoy the book in the beginning and then it completely fell apart. This book is disorganized and all over the place.
  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    (Kindle)Good title.Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy.She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? She wants to play both sides.She doesn't believe in psychics, but after her first reading, she actively pursues the prediction that she's going to meet a tall "Prince Harry" type guy and fall in love. She jumps in with both (Kindle)Good title.Loustalot has commitment issues and they aren't just related to her romantic relationships. On the one hand she claims she is a skeptic, on the other hand, she falls into a lot of woo woo really easy.She can't commit. Is she a skeptic or is she a believer? She wants to play both sides.She doesn't believe in psychics, but after her first reading, she actively pursues the prediction that she's going to meet a tall "Prince Harry" type guy and fall in love. She jumps in with both feet. She looks for him and when she happens to meet someone that maybe kind of sort of fits the bill--they go on a first date and he moves in. . . .like that. BOOM! Based on what? Based on the belief that the psychic knew something she didn't? And when the relationship doesn't work out somehow that was foretold by her star sign?I felt sorry for, and a little sad for the author. She glosses over the period in her life when she was anorexic and muses on magical thinking. She's lost and searching for herself in astrology and psychics.I realize this is a memoir. I expected to go on some kind of a journey--learn something--follow the author as they learn something. Nope . . . didn't get that.Not Recommended
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  • Linda Leenig
    January 1, 1970
    A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that I felt badly giving less as she does know how to write. Next time, call it what it is and don't use a thinly veiled disguise of 'researching' for mystical knowledge. This book is exactly why I don't A self absorbed, trivial and meaningless memoir. More about her life tribulations than about a search for any type of mystical knowledge. I ended up knowing more about her and her various dysfunctions (and don't we all have them!) than I did about psychics. The only reason I gave it 3 stars was that I felt badly giving less as she does know how to write. Next time, call it what it is and don't use a thinly veiled disguise of 'researching' for mystical knowledge. This book is exactly why I don't write; it would end up being all about me.
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  • Michael Book
    January 1, 1970
    I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes it seem a long drawn-out confessional rather than an objective search to discover validity in the psychic/mystic business of retail fortune-telling. Hoping for some insight into this realm of mediums, but it seemed a I found myself wishing I could read at 4X speed. There is so much underbrush to wade through to get a view of the occasional tree that it turned into a long read. It is a long book. There are some well-written pages around the 70% mark, but the book has a rambling quality that makes it seem a long drawn-out confessional rather than an objective search to discover validity in the psychic/mystic business of retail fortune-telling. Hoping for some insight into this realm of mediums, but it seemed a skim-over rather than an engaging research project.
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  • Vivian
    January 1, 1970
    From my editor’s letter:In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria’s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out exactly what the future held, wouldn’t we want to know? I think I would.But while many women—and men—swear by their horoscope, Victoria isn’t so sure. When, at her best friend’s bachelorette party in Montreal, she meets a From my editor’s letter:In Future Perfect, journalist Victoria Loustalot leaves no tarot card unturned. Witty and thought-provoking, Victoria’s writing reads like a best friend telling you her life story while simultaneously asking Big Life Questions like, if we could find out exactly what the future held, wouldn’t we want to know? I think I would.But while many women—and men—swear by their horoscope, Victoria isn’t so sure. When, at her best friend’s bachelorette party in Montreal, she meets a psychic who predicts when, where, and how she will meet her future boyfriend, Victoria takes that information with skepticism. And when he comes into her life exactly as predicted, Victoria must reckon with her assumptions about the mystical world. Maybe they’re not all trying to pull the wool over her eyes. But if that’s true, what else can be true? From there, Victoria embarks on a fact-finding—and soul-defining—mission as she meets and interviews an eclectic and surprisingly sophisticated array of modern and historical mystics, mystic researchers, scientists, doctors, and anthropologists to get to the truth.What if you could find some semblance of control, and what if that were through an unlikely channel like a psychic? No matter where your beliefs lie, we live in uncertain times. Victoria found that was exactly what was happening: an increasing number of young people were flocking to psychics, astrologers, and the like to help clarify a hazy future. Her findings are illuminating.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how it tied together. It's possible in the end everything knitted together strongly but by that point I was so wore out and ready for the book to be over that I ended up skim reading. The book is definitely less of a th I am glad this was free via Amazon Prime. There were moments and passages in this that I highlighted and enjoyed but on the whole those were singular moments of clarity in a confused mess of stories and thoughts. I would finish a chapter, some of which were very short, and wonder how it tied together. It's possible in the end everything knitted together strongly but by that point I was so wore out and ready for the book to be over that I ended up skim reading. The book is definitely less of a the 'search' and more of the 'skeptic', and she does at times succeed in making them fit. Showing you how her journey affected her, both the one leading to what she was doing and the journey for the mystics. But overall the bulk of what I'll remember from the book is the stories of her, which were not what I was going in for. That's totally A-OK if you go into this reading for Victoria's story, but I was more interested in her 'Search' so it was a miss for me.
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  • T.B. Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she’s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-researched information and/or statistical data related to that chapter’s topic; and usually (maybe) a beautiful quote or two, either known or newly said by one of her many sources.There are 32 chapters, split over 253 Number one, (her) writing is clear & concise; when she makes a point. Until that moment, she weaves together via bird-walking, short stories about herself; conversations she’s had with a friend(s); a conversation/lesson/or meeting with a mystic/psychic/or shaman etc.; some well-researched information and/or statistical data related to that chapter’s topic; and usually (maybe) a beautiful quote or two, either known or newly said by one of her many sources.There are 32 chapters, split over 253 pages of what is meant to tell THIS woman’s spiritual journey, or start & progression of it, thus far.*A quick side note: I only found ONE ‘typo’, and it wasn’t until Chapter 19, 1st page, where “I” was meant to be BEFORE “thought”, instead of after; which, for me who is CONSTANTLY marking the books I read and personally alerting authors/their editors of the ‘oopsies’, was impressive. Not because it just meant that she might have a great proofreader, but because I know from experience that when writing about one’s self and our stories, our pains and our passions… it causes us to lose some of the linguistical (<<Anyway… this is a MEMOIR. Yeah, maybe you caught that in the book’s description. Maybe some folks didn’t? Reading through a couple reviews led me to think maybe they thought it was some type of self-help book; a Where to Find a Real Psychic in 2018 book? “The title was misleading”?? Um, no. Not at all. Ms. Loustalot LITERALLY talks about having been a skeptic of all things magic and/or religious since she was a little girl and realized Santa & the Easter Bunny weren’t real, and about what made her talk to a psychic in the first place, but also how the events of her life (intermingled with life in this current world in general) led her to want to know more and to question EVERYTHING.This leads me to the political part of the reviews which I feel some people will have a hard time getting away from. So, I guess if you’re a hardcore Trump Supporter, who can’t for the life of them understand why ANYONE would feel unease at him being our President- then please, don’t bother reading this beautiful story. While Ms. Loustalot is clearly NOT a Trump Supporter and DID vote for Hillary, her political views not only are minimally discussed (there are 253 pages after all), but those views are EQUALLY JUST AS VALID as are her religious views, in a story about the twists and turns of life & her spiritual awakening, in a story… that is HERS TO TELL.She does not write pages without end of her distaste for #45, merely mentions him and certain aspects of his administration that bother her, here and there. But she, just like a large number of Americans (not just Hillary supporters, but also former Trump Supporters), as well as people all over the world in many different countries, has a sincere dislike of (him). As it always is the case with all political leaders.Someone’s political and religious views are respectfully THEIR OWN. She CAN voice her opinions, her distrust, and her concerns… in a book… about HER, all she wants. But, to rip her apart as just a sore Hillary Supporter/Buttercup, tells me the story was unfortunately read by someone with not only opposing political values than the author but also someone with a closed mind that, CLEARLY DIDN’T READ the book. Because that’s not what this story was about. At all. Really.Ms. Loustalot has done a wonderful, sometimes heartbreakingly honest, job of exposing herself, her secrets, & her pain, but also her strength, her interestingly inquisitive mind, and her growing self-awareness and empathy, all while on a journey most people will never take, and if they do they’d rarely share it this openly.Truly, shame on those who judge her as just a 30 something with ‘boyfriend angst’ or whatever… or really just judge her at all. There were many quotable spots that I’ve highlighted, that I will personally write to Ms. Loustalot myself, to express how they made me feel exactly; but this one, from one of her sources, a teacher/astrologer named Hunter, seems quite relevant to the point I’m trying to make:“Shut up until you feel their suffering… If you can’t feel someone’s suffering, you’re not qualified to speak, because you are not fully comprehending who it is you are speaking to.” (It’s) all about empathy. Listen and feel what they felt when they went through whatever it is that they did. We all have our own burdens to carry; some of us carry more, some less… but to actually FEEL each other’s journey, by simply listening, is the first step to repairing the bonds that make us human.I intended to use that quote here, in a way, against those who actually judged her story- because, I mean- c’mon, really? Aren’t we supposed to be more civilized than that? What did you read/pick a memoir for if you weren’t going to have an open mind going into it? How do we begin to learn about each other & understand one another if we shut down and stop listening as the first opinion expressed or experience described that isn’t in line with our own, is uttered?Realistically, all you can ‘ethically’ comment on as a fellow human being, regarding someone’s memoir, is:-Grammatical/Spelling Errors? No (okay, just that one I mentioned)-Hard to read? Nope, read it in one day-Did you like the story? (Only a Yes or a No is acceptable here because the next question is almost definitely…)-Why or Why not?An honest review should be exactly that, honest… but with a bit of tact & decency. This is a Non-Fiction book; a story about a Real LIVING Person. To criticize the story as though this were some RomCom featured in a book club is disgraceful. Freedom of Speech/Freedom of Expression- yes, I get that… but a lot can be said for having a bit of empathy and keeping our humanity in check.And yes, some people who actually READ it, won’t like this story because there are some events that take place in this woman’s life that could be triggers (sexual assault is discussed, there’s a memory of a molestation incident by a peer, there’s an abortion). Or maybe, and probably the most likely, and coincidentally, the ONLY TRULY ACCEPTABLE answer to “if you did or did not like someone’s memoir”: You couldn’t/didn’t relate. And that’s about as honest as you’d have to be, while still appearing to be a decent human being, publicly at least. Because NOT relating to someone is more than fine. There are billions of people on this planet, all with our own views of life & paths to venture.It saddens me that when someone does open up their heart some of the first responders are some of the most vicious.This was an enjoyable read. It was for me, easy to relate to in many ways. I commend the author for having the courage to ‘expose her vulnerability’as she did.And just FYI… No, I didn’t get paid or asked to read this book; I selected it as my December First Read. No, I don’t know Ms. Loustalot (although, after reading her memoir, I’d truly like to meet her and compare notes). And no, I am NOT a Trump, Hillary, Bernie, or Mickey Mouse supporter, thank you, very much.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn’t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth. She briefly mentioned witches like they are imaginary and really only danced lightly with the primary themes of the book. However, I liked her writing style and was interested in her life and the memoir as a whole Like other reviewers, I found that the author didn’t really spend much time seriously investing in spiritual growth related topics, visiting psychics and predicting the future are usually for entertainment and do not represent any kind of organizing spiritual path or particular truth. She briefly mentioned witches like they are imaginary and really only danced lightly with the primary themes of the book. However, I liked her writing style and was interested in her life and the memoir as a whole and thought it was a good read. I wish it had *just* been presented as a memoir and a personal journey, rather than anything else, because trying to shoehorn some minimal research into it made those parts feel forced—like she was trying to squeeze them into a box she’d committed to, when she really wanted to go somewhere else entirely.
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  • Tiff
    January 1, 1970
    In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endless series of run-on sentences and seemingly randomly placed quotes dominated the first 39% (all I managed to read before flat out giving up.) This was an example of everything that is wrong with stream of consciou In theory this memoir had a lot of potential. In reality it was an unskilled, unfocused excuse for the author to talk about herself. Future Perfect was far from present perfect. Loustalot seemed incapable of completing a thought or creating a cohesive and meaningful story line. An endless series of run-on sentences and seemingly randomly placed quotes dominated the first 39% (all I managed to read before flat out giving up.) This was an example of everything that is wrong with stream of consciousness and none of the good. What's worse is that I don't think it was intended to be stream of consciousness at all. My biggest question is, "How did this get published in the first place?" --This book was provided to me for free through Amazon First Reads.
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is full of wonderful references. However, it is pretentious, the title is misleading, the insights are derivative, and it meanders into a total memoir as opposed to discussing at length fact, fiction, and fraud of mystics. At least it was free on Kindle.
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  • Jackie Van Patten
    January 1, 1970
    1.5
  • Blake
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book is mis-titled, as very little of this book was actually about a skeptic's search for an honest mystic. Most for this book was about the author's meanderings, celebrity sightings, and navel-gazing. She's a competent writer, and has some good insights, but it just wasn't the kind of spiritual memoir I was expecting or looking for.
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  • Terry
    January 1, 1970
    DisjointedRambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book.
  • Elyssa
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself and her two relationships with exes she refers to by their first initial (just use a pseudonym!) and her feelings about the 2016 election and just living in NYC, which is ground so many other writers have covered! The premise of this book interested me and since it was offered for free on Amazon, I read it. I feel like the title is deceiving. Yes, the author explores 'mystics' such as psychics, astrologers, etc but the time and writing devoted to this pales in comparison to talking about herself and her two relationships with exes she refers to by their first initial (just use a pseudonym!) and her feelings about the 2016 election and just living in NYC, which is ground so many other writers have covered! The book lacks cohesion and she veers from one topic to another. I was wondering if an editor was involved in the publication of this book because someone needs to reel the author in so there is focus and also give the book a more accurate title. Not recommended!
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  • Ginnie Scurlock
    January 1, 1970
    ShortcomingsWould have been better if her inability to accept reality hadn't gotten in the way. I tired early on with her snide remarks regarding the POTUS. Life goes on.
  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Trash. I read 1/3 and had to stop. A psychic isn't a mystic and neither are the other gurus of co-fefe that are in there. It was a waste of time. It was an amazon freebie anyway- just don't want you to waste your time.
  • Terry Berger
    January 1, 1970
    Made it a third of the way - and fear that's as far as I will get for now. Unorganized, even for a memoir, and a politically motivated. Not what I was hopping for
  • James Klabunde
    January 1, 1970
    Future Perfect: A Search for the Perfect MateWhile the book to me started out good the further I got into the book the more I felt getting bogged down. While covering various types of Mysticism and explaining what the author feels they are about. The majority of the book is memoir about herself which I found boring. I would edit out about a hundred pages in the book and would have expanded the ending. Not Recommended😕!
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  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    Loustalot writes of memoirists that “...writers are often saddled with accusations of narcissism and self-indulgence, what commonly gets overlooked is the tremendous vulnerability that inheres in exposing oneself to the world’s scrutiny.” So true. As a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard, I have a soft spot for such writers and it’s with some pain I give this book a bad review. I didn’t know who the author was, but the premise sounded somewhat interesting. Unfortunately, the book is a clumsy, disorganize Loustalot writes of memoirists that “...writers are often saddled with accusations of narcissism and self-indulgence, what commonly gets overlooked is the tremendous vulnerability that inheres in exposing oneself to the world’s scrutiny.” So true. As a fan of Karl Ove Knausgaard, I have a soft spot for such writers and it’s with some pain I give this book a bad review. I didn’t know who the author was, but the premise sounded somewhat interesting. Unfortunately, the book is a clumsy, disorganized, and poorly constructed foray into empaths, psychics, and the like. I came away with nothing after I was finished on the subject. Her “research” consisted of (apparently) very few in-person experiences, despite living in NYC. The course she took was via telephone and many interactions were done via phone. She is impressed by the psychic that does a reading for her that she booked for a bachelorette party, despite having (presumably) provided her name and information when booking it, giving the person plenty of time to research her. At one point, she concedes her thoughts on Buddhism are "Buddhism 101", but this could apply to every single thing she talks about regarding faiths and even her main subject. There is a horrible section on the abortion she got. I am pro-choice, but I don’t pretend to know the answer to the question underlying the abortion debate. Nobody can. I have no issues with pro-choice people passionately advocating their position, but, to me, there is a line where it gets disgusting that ends up in one of two places: a celebration of abortion (Michelle Wolf has an episode in her show that is a good example) or the attitude this author displays. Some excerpts:“I have always been good in a crisis. Except this wasn’t even a crisis; when you live in America, are insured, and have money, an unplanned pregnancy is the furthest thing from a crisis.” The furthest thing? Not even in the galaxy of a crisis? I know a few people that fall under this category that would strongly disagree. Probably so does everyone. If there’s any doubt about her idiocy on the subject, she erases it:“My abortion was the right choice for me, in that relationship, in that moment of my life. I shared it with you, because if I am not willing to say that I had an abortion, to admit it on the page and in life, then I had no business having one in the first place” It’s tempting to think she’s perhaps just referring to herself, but it’s written as a generalization and fits better as one within the segment and prior quotes. It’s so stupid that elaborating on it seems silly. There seems to be room for the experience being as private as possible...for some. She adds to this by writing a long, painfully obnoxious screed about the fictitious child she aborted and all the qualities she felt she’d have. But Elvie was not to be…“I was always conscious that my own desires should never be a barrier to helping my child. I would only ever make one request of her, that she be anything she wants to be except a victim”This is spouted right about when she explains the reason she didn’t have her child was due to her own desires. Asking her child never to a victim...eh, reading all this made me consider being pro-life more than anyone that is has ever succeeded. Some will find her regular meanderings into topics that have nothing to do with her alleged subject a flaw, but these were the only spots I found had any value in the book. If not for them, I couldn’t have finished it. She writes a beautiful chapter about seeing parents and children across from her apartment after the election. She had me cracking up when explaining a benefit of being a postmenopausal woman was that Donald Trump would no longer be interested in you. Her political musings were always interesting and eloquent. I am guessing her other books are probably pretty good. She’s a good writer, and has obvious talent, but this is a bad book.
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  • Jim Seidman
    January 1, 1970
    I wasted hours of my life, hours that I can never get back, reading the first third of this book. I write this review as a cautionary tale for those who are tempted to waste part of their lives too.I got this for free through the Amazon First Reads program. I wish I hadn't. As I said, I only read the first third, but here's a plot summary: Loustalot experienced a difficult period in life, and decided to explore spirituality as a result. In a complete misunderstanding of spirituality, she then we I wasted hours of my life, hours that I can never get back, reading the first third of this book. I write this review as a cautionary tale for those who are tempted to waste part of their lives too.I got this for free through the Amazon First Reads program. I wish I hadn't. As I said, I only read the first third, but here's a plot summary: Loustalot experienced a difficult period in life, and decided to explore spirituality as a result. In a complete misunderstanding of spirituality, she then went and spoke to a bunch of self-proclaimed psychics.She relates these meetings with complete credulousness - no claim is too farfetched for her to repeat with a straight face. Never does she even begin to ask why these people haven't done more with their purported gifts. Some could help kidnapping victims, or get rich to support philantropy, or otherwise do anything more than the standard cold reading tricks and tell tall tales about supposed past successes (none of which receives even the most cursory fact-checking).Perhaps by the end she has cobbled together some sort of pseudo-spiritual insight based on interviews with charlatans and scam artists. But wow, if she did, I'm really glad that I didn't read it.
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  • K. G.
    January 1, 1970
    Psychics and cards and astrology OH MYUp front let me say that the author was a classmate of my daughter and so I am biased in her favor. But even besides that, what could be more interesting than the millennial take on psychics? This book is both a memoir and a guidebook to some of the new age spiritual helpers. I confess I always have wanted to visit a psychic. I do have a tarot reading regularly (but do not pay for it). I enjoyed reading the stories the author shared (I especially love the on Psychics and cards and astrology OH MYUp front let me say that the author was a classmate of my daughter and so I am biased in her favor. But even besides that, what could be more interesting than the millennial take on psychics? This book is both a memoir and a guidebook to some of the new age spiritual helpers. I confess I always have wanted to visit a psychic. I do have a tarot reading regularly (but do not pay for it). I enjoyed reading the stories the author shared (I especially love the one about the morning after Election Day but no spoilers from me), and also being reminded that our daughters are not really so different from us. This is both a relief and also a bit sad as I hoped by the next generation we would be done with some of our societal expectations of women. But it will take more time. What strikes me as hopeful is that these young women do not take any of it for granted. They meet the world with an open heart and an open mind.
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  • Jennifer Ferencz
    January 1, 1970
    I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate:-- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters-- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times-- most profound quotes come from other authors-- no throughline or keen takeaway other than she is a liberal, millenial who lives in New YorkThis was a free Kindle First book, and I couldn't finish it. I'm the type that ALWAYS finishes a book, mostly because regardless of the story/writing, I'm invest I agree with most of the other one-star reviews, but I'll reiterate:-- rambling, disjointed narrative with short, choppy chapters-- very wordy. It felt vaguely like a college English essay at times-- most profound quotes come from other authors-- no throughline or keen takeaway other than she is a liberal, millenial who lives in New YorkThis was a free Kindle First book, and I couldn't finish it. I'm the type that ALWAYS finishes a book, mostly because regardless of the story/writing, I'm invested in the character. There was nothing to be invested in with this book. I felt guilty marking it as "Read" on goodreads. I jumped to the ending to make sure I wasn't missing something. I wasn't.
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  • Noah
    January 1, 1970
    This book utterly fails to live up to its intriguing title. It rambles and digresses almost constantly, weaving around in a dizzying stream-of-consciousness style, and it wields psychics and spiritualism as mere accessories to Loustalot's mid-youth crisis rather than points of actual substance. There are entire head-scratching chapters that are inelegantly shoe-horned in and padded last minute with some oblique reference to something mystic to qualify its presence in the book. At no point does L This book utterly fails to live up to its intriguing title. It rambles and digresses almost constantly, weaving around in a dizzying stream-of-consciousness style, and it wields psychics and spiritualism as mere accessories to Loustalot's mid-youth crisis rather than points of actual substance. There are entire head-scratching chapters that are inelegantly shoe-horned in and padded last minute with some oblique reference to something mystic to qualify its presence in the book. At no point does Loustalot's "research" on the topics of psychics, astrology, and spiritualism ever take the front seat, as the title would suggest; rather, the scenes of her research are widely space and thin, only tangentially related to, and I use this term very loosely, the plot; these scenes never come to fruition, and we never learn the results of any of the supposed research. And of course, I understand that this is a memoir and that means the author's life is going to be interjected as is necessary, but this book is almost entirely composed of unimpressive tidbits from the author's life and subpar relationship with little reason to justify their inclusion beyond that fact that they were co-occurring with her research.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Story loses focus There's little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject. There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to more rambling. She constantly references the Trump/Clinton election and her dislike of Trump. It's her prerogative to dislike him but it has nothing to do with the focus of this book and is very distracting. I went into this book prepared to learn about mysticism and spirituality in today' Story loses focus There's little question that Loustalot is a good writer but she frequently rambles and gets off subject. There are very little facts and most of her interviews are very brief and just lead to more rambling. She constantly references the Trump/Clinton election and her dislike of Trump. It's her prerogative to dislike him but it has nothing to do with the focus of this book and is very distracting. I went into this book prepared to learn about mysticism and spirituality in today's world and the writers experience with it but instead got a lot of rambling that quite often, had nothing to do with the topic of the book.
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  • Kristine
    January 1, 1970
    Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early January.If Loustalot is reporting this from memory, her memory is really breathless with explanation and and-then’s, rather a lot like Bridget Jones, as she searches for love and clarity, and interviews tarot readers, astrologists, spiritual, psychic and clairvoyant people she meets during 2017. And, with each chapter, you really start to seek out their earnest, comparatively calm direct quotes from her interview Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early January.If Loustalot is reporting this from memory, her memory is really breathless with explanation and and-then’s, rather a lot like Bridget Jones, as she searches for love and clarity, and interviews tarot readers, astrologists, spiritual, psychic and clairvoyant people she meets during 2017. And, with each chapter, you really start to seek out their earnest, comparatively calm direct quotes from her interviewees to take a rest from her combo of babbly narration and lite, coasting brand of research.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    So, I believe this is my first ever one star review. That says something. I usually feel an author gets two stars for writing a book , but in this case, this author really should not have written this book, or maybe not title it as such. It is not such a journey of a skeptic into fraud and mystics as a autopsy of a relationship. Yes, most of the book is about a former relationship and a new one, which, spoiler, ends by the end. Yes, some talk about mysticism, she visits some fortune tellers and So, I believe this is my first ever one star review. That says something. I usually feel an author gets two stars for writing a book , but in this case, this author really should not have written this book, or maybe not title it as such. It is not such a journey of a skeptic into fraud and mystics as a autopsy of a relationship. Yes, most of the book is about a former relationship and a new one, which, spoiler, ends by the end. Yes, some talk about mysticism, she visits some fortune tellers and takes a course in astrology, or at least until her then boyfriend asks her to stop. I am usually kind in my reviews, even when a book is awful, but I feel she really misleads us in this book.
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