Title // The Library of Lost Things
Author // Laura Taylor Namey
Publisher // Inkyard Press
Publication Date // October 8th, 2019
Synopsis // 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.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Many thanks to the publisher, Inkyard Press, and Netgalley, for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Attention all bookworms! To anyone looking for a book about another bookish person, I have found the one. I knew from the synopsis that Darcy loves reading, but reading this book, I realized that she really loves reading and it made me just love her and this book so much! In fact, her bookishness kind of reminded me of Cath from Fangirl, but mostly it just reminded me of myself.
Darcy would fit right in as a book blogger or someone in the bookish community! She always carries around books in her purse (which her friend has to confiscate), she’s memorized entire picture books and can easily quote Shakespeare, she gives perfect book recommendations working in her bookstore, and she wants to pursue an English degree in college, maybe in work in publishing. There were so many bookish quirks that had me smiling so much. Any book lover can find something to love in this book too: Darcy loves everyone, from Shakespeare and Jane Austin to Stephanie Garber and John Green.
Darcy is also a more sheltered/a late bloomer like myself and I think many bookworms, which made her so relatable. In her senior year of high school, she has never been kissed or had a boyfriend, instead talking about her romances with her many book boyfriends, which was honestly such a mood. There are so few books I’ve found with late bloomers that I really appreciated this one. I think it can also be enjoyed by all ages: it reads a bit like younger YA with themes of first kisses rather than sex and drugs, but it also has more mature older YA themes of getting into college, becoming an adult, and moving away from friends and family. This was really the perfect book for me to read right now!
The entire book was also very light and fun and fluffy. It would be a perfect summer read (which is when I read it), or just a great book for whenever you’re in the mood for something quick to fly through in one sitting. The interactions Darcy had with her friends, especially her best friend Marisol and her huge family (and jumping on the trampoline in wedding dresses) and their dialogue really made me smile. There were fun teen high school moments like the school play and parties that were fun to read about. And the interactions between a divorced couple who share the same building for a book store and a wig shop were hilarious!
There were also some heavier themes that really made this a strong book. Although naive in the romance department, Darcy has really had to grow up quickly to take care of her family, pay the bills, and go grocery shopping as her mom is a compulsive hoarder. Darcy’s love interest, Asher, also has to deal with the aftermath of a terrible car crash and post concussive syndrome that has rendered him unable to do the one thing he loves most in the world: flying. So this is a story of both of them shouldering responsibilities and burdens and growing from them.
Speaking of that, I really enjoyed the family themes in this book. Darcy has a unique relationship with her mom, in part due to the fact that her dad left before she was even born, and through the book she struggles with staying with her mom and not moving on and away, as well as wondering how exactly to connect with a father she’s never known. I also loved seeing Marisol’s big latino family, with a mama making delicious food and four siblings running around.
I unfortunately wasn’t totally on board with the romance. For one thing, Asher is a year older than Darcy and everyone else, having graduated high school last year, and I found it a bit odd that a graduate would be hanging around his old high school and younger peers so much. That was a small annoyance though; what really annoyed me was that for most of the book, while Darcy is crushing on Asher and they’re spending a ton of time together, Asher has a girlfriend. There’s no actual cheating, although there is a point where they almost fake kiss and after that Darcy can’t stop thinking about it, thinking about his lips, his body on hers, etc, all while he has a boyfriend. I just can’t stand books with cheating, so this was a bit grey and annoying for me.
Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for all bookworms out there!