Content Warnings: hoarding, abandonment
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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.
The Library of Lost Things was such a special book! This is the first time I’ve read something that tackled hoarding and it really opened my eyes. There’s so much more to it than simply hoarding objects and this book did a great job of showing the different parts.
Darcy wasn’t my favorite character but I loved Asher! He was so well developed with a ton of layers that we saw peeled away over the course of the story. I almost wish this book had been mainly about him instead of Darcy.
I enjoyed seeing the evolution of Asher and Darcy’s relationship. They were different in so many ways but also the same. The support they showed each other was great and I loved that their relationship was a two-way street. Not just one of them did the giving and taking.
One of the issues I had though was the pacing. It always felt like things were moving incredibly slow and new problems were constantly coming up. Often it seemed like the main story arc would get buried and forgotten.
Overall, if you’re interested in the synopsis and you’re okay with slow pacing, I would definitely recommend The Library of Lost Things! I don’t regret reading it and I’m looking forward to what Laura Taylor Namey has in store next.
A physical finished copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Laura is a Cuban-American Californian who can be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets, and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two superstar children.
This former teacher writes young adult novels about quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. Her debut, THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS will be published 10/08/19 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins. Her #ownvoices sophomore project, A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO SWEATERS AND STARS is coming fall 2020 from Atheneum Simon and Schuster.
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