Book: The Library Of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
Expected Publication Is October 8, 2019 by Inkyard Press|Expected Number Of Pages: 384 pages
Where I Got It: I received an e-ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a fair and honest review
Genre: YA Contemporary
From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.
While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.
Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.
I liked The Library Of Lost Things! I wanted to like it more, which seems to be happening a lot lately, but I still liked it.
I loved that Darcy worked at a bookstore. I really wanted the Yellow Feather to be a real bookstore that I could visit, but it seems to be just a fictional place. Still, it felt like a living, breathing place that I could actually visit, and it very much felt like a character itself. I could totally see it sharing a space with a wig shop, which was a character in and of itself, even though we don’t spend as much time there. I definitely wanted to visit Mysterious Galaxy after reading this book.
I also liked how important books were to Darcy, and all of the books that were mentioned. As a reader, I really liked that, and it made it fun to see what would be referenced or mentioned.
I really liked Darcy, who had to deal with a lot. There’s a lot going on with her family, and with some of the family secrets that come out, I really felt for Darcy. I can’t imagine trying to deal with a mom who hoards, or dealing with she learned about both her mom and her dad. She had to be a lot more responsible than she needed or should have been, and I really hope she has a lot of carefree moments in her future.
I can see why she’s so closed off, and how hard it is for her to let people in. I feel like I’d act the same way if I were her, but we do see that change over the course of the book. It seems like things start to change with her mom and her grandma, and hopefully, they’re all able to work through everything. It will take time, of course, but hopefully, they’re able to get to a better place someday.
3 stars. I liked The Library Of Lost Things, but I didn’t love it. I really liked the Yellow Feather and all of the book references.