Future Perfect by Victoria Loustalot

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 accur...


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TitleFuture Perfect
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2019
PublisherLittle A
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography
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Reviews Future Perfect

  • Trudy
    2018-12-03
    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 ti...
  • Hillary
    2018-12-11
    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...
  • Julia V
    2018-12-26
    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 m...
  • Katie
    2018-12-13
    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 st...
  • Bari Dzomba
    2018-12-10
    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
    2018-12-14
    (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" ...
  • Linda Leenig
    2018-12-06
    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 mys...
  • Michael Book
    2018-12-24
    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 i...
  • Vivian
    2018-12-01
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    2018-12-13
    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...
  • Johnny
    2019-02-12
    In case you think the two-star rating on Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic is strictly related to my pro-Christian bias, I assure you that it is not. The two-star rating relates to what I perceived as a lack of balance and a book which doesn’t really support its title I suppose it was only fair that I looked at the “other side” after I had read a book writing about miracles from the Christian perspective. I had been ...
  • T.B. Cooper
    2018-12-04
    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 ...
  • Molly
    2018-12-27
    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 w...
  • Tiff
    2018-12-28
    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 o...
  • Audrey
    2019-01-12
    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.
  • Jackie Van Patten
    2018-12-13
    1.5
  • Blake
    2018-12-10
    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.
  • Terry
    2018-12-25
    DisjointedRambling and disjointed at best, the description of the book was nothing like the reality. I would not recommend this book.
  • Elyssa
    2018-12-17
    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, w...
  • Ginnie Scurlock
    2018-12-08
    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
    2018-12-20
    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
    2018-12-17
    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
    2018-12-15
    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😕!
  • Jesse
    2019-01-05
    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 i...
  • Nancy Ahyee
    2019-01-29
    Publisher's description: "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 t...
  • Jim Seidman
    2019-01-27
    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 comp...
  • K. G.
    2019-01-27
    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 s...
  • Jennifer Ferencz
    2019-01-10
    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 b...
  • Noah
    2019-01-13
    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 qu...
  • Amanda
    2019-01-02
    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 t...