Hello again all ya’ll! The October hits keep on coming. Today to brighten up your Sunday, it’s The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey. Darcy was named after literary characters and has been hiding away in books her whole life while her mother hoards everything except books. As she begins the countdown to her 18th birthday, the pressure mounts from the forces that could tear her from her sick mother’s side. Will they make it out together? Will Darcy be seen for who she is or the freak she fears? Check out the deets, my review, and enter to win your own copy in the international giveaway.
About The Library of Lost Things:
I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: The Library of Lost Things
Author: Laura Taylor Namey
Pub. Date: October 8, 2019
Publisher Inkyard Press
Genres: Contemporary, M/M, Young Adult
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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.
IMHO: The Library of Lost Things
The Library of Lost Things is lovely. I immediately fell in love with Darcy and her BFF Marisol. They’re arty opposites that get each other and activate growth in each other, but don’t try to change each other’s fundamental nature. I appreciate the introvert staying the introvert & no one treating it as the end of the world.
Her Mr. Darcy romance is far more understandable and endearing, which won me over faster than any other Mr.Darcy before.
I’m not a Peter Pan fan, but I’ve never read the book either. Those quotes with the mystery squibbler were interesting and illustrated how whatever book you’re reading affects your life at the time.
- I love this take on Mr. Darcy’s unpleasantness
- The bookstore, its persnickety owner.
- The wig shop next door and its owner as well
- Tea time dress up breaks
- Marisol & her fam!
- Anxiety attacks
- Hoarding, but clean
- Accidental disability
- High school play – Much Ado About Nothing
- Chill parties at the beach and an airplane hanger
- Love how the break up & new relationship jump worked out
- Reading recommendations at the end!
- Great, complex and growing mother daughter relationships
- Didn’t see the mystery scribbler reveal coming
- Did figure her moms was hiding something, but didn’t affect my reading & enjoyment
Perfect for YA contemporary fans of all ages & kinds. Sweet and understanding romance that blooms with the introverted book nerd heroine.
Favorite Quotes from The Library of Lost Things:
The circle never broke. We lived in a home strung across tightropes.
“Darcy with a heartshaped face.” She tapped one finger on my chest. ”And a book-shaped heart.”
“But if you’re about to do something questionable and stupid and brilliant and cunning, you’re not doing it without me.”
Not after a night where I’d had to curl my toes around the edge of a towering sea cliff, an ocean of my secrets below.
Or was I just fooling myself–trying to craft a rightful heroine out of a sneaking thief?
“Sometimes you need to do more for yourself than just manage.”
“Darcy, I won’t tell you to break a leg. That’s not good enough. Break an entire body.” But hopefully, not my heart.
So many times, I’d read about hurt, but now it stood at my feet with a heartbeat.
Extraordinary. I’d heard that word before, from lips I trusted more.
About the Author:
Giveaway of The Library of Lost Things:
Prize: Win a copy of THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS by Laura Taylor Namey (INT)
Starts: 8th October 2019
Ends: 22nd October 2019
Don’t forget to come back this Wednesday the 16th for my review + favorite quotes of Rin Chupeco’s The Never Tilting World.