Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: The Naked Storyteller By Laura Michelle Thomas

The Naked Storyteller
By Laura Michelle Thomas
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Comedy

Harry Tyke is a flabby, divorced grade-six teacher on the verge of a monumental mid-life crisis when he unexpectedly ends up in a storytelling workshop taught by a creative, free-thinking teacher-turned-storyteller named Olga. The workshop awakens Harry’s long dead romantic side and hurls him into stories from his past, including his decision to give up on his dream of being a novelist to please his parents, a decision this classroom-weary teacher can no longer live with as he sags into his fifties.

Questioning contemporary ideas of what makes a happy and productive life in an increasingly digital world, this romantic comedy––set in Vancouver, Canada––will have you cheering for this unlikely leading man from start to finish.

My Review:

The Naked Storyteller is such an awesome novel. Readers are introduced to 52-year-old schoolteacher, Harry Tyke. He is a bit of a mess both emotionally and physically. Harry reluctantly attends an educational conference where his life is unexpectedly turned upside down by workshop leader, Olga. She is a radiant and confident being who knocks Harry off his feet and ignites a fire within his soul to manifest his dreams.

Laura Michelle Thomas is an exceptional writer. Her words sucked me into Harry’s world and I was thrilled to travel alongside him as he shed his jaded skin and worked towards becoming the person he had always desired to be. There is humor, drama, romance, and a wonderful cast of characters. You’ll be rooting for Harry and his beard the entire time!

About the Author:

LAURA MICHELLE THOMAS is an author with an opinion on just about everything she thinks is wrong with contemporary life in North America (which, in her opinion, is just about everything). Harry Tyke, the 52-year-old protagonist of The Naked Storyteller, is who Laura might be if she wasn’t the author of her own life and had a beard. When she’s not writing and telling her family to buzz off and let her work, she’s runs a very busy website through which she fosters the development of young writers around the world through free annual writing contests, young writers conferences and other inspirational stuff. With the assistance of her team of junior bloggers, editors and artists, Laura has the privilege of being publisher and senior editor of an international e-zine for young writers called jaBlog! To find out what novel project Laura is working on now, please visit her website ( and click on “Novels by Laura Michelle Thomas.”

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