Author: Laura Taylor Namey
Publisher/Imprint: Inkyard Press
Edition: e-ARC, 345 Digital Pages
Hardcover Publication Date: October 08, 2019
A Spine that Shines? Quite Well!
*This review is based on the e-ARC edition provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review come from the uncorrected proof. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.*
‘Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There’s the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more.’Darcy Wells, The Library of Lost Things
Yesterday evening, I finished reading The Library of Lost Things. It is such an adorable contemporary romance! If you are a fan of books that are about books, bookstores, or libraries, this novel would be a delightful read for you!
Here are a few initial thoughts I’d like to point out:
- This novel will definitely resonate with those of us who love to read and collect books.
- You will find tons of references to literary classics. There’s plenty of Shakespeare and even Peter Pan!
- You’ll find that some super cute bookish-themed gifts are exchanged among characters!
- There is also a hint of mystery; Darcy finds a used novel with tons of scribbling inside written by a mystery writer.
- I liked the main theme. It is important to be honest with yourself and be the “real you,” rather than live a make-believe fairy tale story.
- Realistic family issues aren’t magically “fixed.” There is the recognition that certain issues will require time and effort to reach a solution.
- Laura Taylor Namey creates a great bunch of characters and realistic teen dialogue.
My friend had kissed a fair number of guys; I’d heard about all of them. I’d also kissed dozens of guys – on paper. I’d fallen hopelessly in love, too – in books – with strong, flawed heroes.Darcy Wells, The Library of Lost Things
Characters & Romance
The author has created a wonderful cast of characters for this novel! I’ll just go over a few.
- I really liked Darcy Wells, the main character. She is super into books and has the ability to remember almost every word or story she reads! (That ability would be awesome, wouldn’t it?) When faced with a challenge she doesn’t know how to overcome, she turns to fictional characters for guidance. When she gets scared or nervous, she clutches books for comfort. Naturally, she works part time at a bookstore while finishing up her high school studies. Darcy’s life suddenly becomes way more exciting when Asher Fleet starts frequenting the bookstore where she works. Sometimes, she is afraid to admit things aloud, because: “Saying it makes it real.”
- Darcy’s mother, Andrea Wells, has a serious hoarding problem. She hoards everything she can get her hands on – even things like pet food (even though they don’t own a pet). I had difficulty connecting with Andrea for most of the story. She seems distant and a bit detached from those around her. But towards the end, I began to understand her better after her big revelation to Darcy.
- Marisol Robles is Darcy’s best friend. Marisol is half Cuban and half Mexican. She has a very unique personality of her own. She loves gum and fashion (and genuine Mexican food)! Her mother is a wonderful cook! Those food descriptions are mouth-watering.
- Asher Fleet, Darcy’s love-interest. He has a pilot’s license and enjoys speed-reading! He is dealing with a challenge of his own. I liked how he is (mostly) patient and willing to give Darcy space and time to get to know him better.
- A few romantic moments here and there feel slightly cliche, but they don’t detract from the story too much.
- The romance in this novel does fall into a common trope category; a girl falls for a guy who is in a current relationship with someone else. I often have mixed feelings about this trope and find it a little annoying. But overall, I think it turns out okay in this novel, and I was satisfied with the ending.
He was the home for all my words, even the ones I hadn’t defined yet. He was the home for all my stories, even the ones I hadn’t imagined.Darcy Wells, The Library of Lost Things
Aside from the minor quibbles I mentioned above, I don’t have much else to say about this novel. I suppose I did find one aspect of the writing style a little jarring sometimes. There are several moments in which sentence phrases or fragments are inserted as if they’re full sentences. Here are some examples: “One step back, horrified hands over my heart,” or, “Her big, round eyes on mine.” For some reason, phrases like these jarred me out of the scene. In my personal opinion, these fragments would’ve flowed more smoothly if phrased: “She took one step back,” etc.
Overall, I found The Library of Lost Things to be a cute, contemporary romance! If it sounds like your cup of tea, I’d recommend checking it out when it releases on October 08th (only two weeks away)! Happy reading 🙂
*Content Warnings: Some kissing, a few s-words scattered throughout*
Next on My TBR: Fireborne (ARC)