The Library of Lost Things, by Laura Taylor Namey
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Publisher: Inkyard Press
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Times Read: Once
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 best bloggy friend at Bookish Geek had her stop on the tour earlier in the week, and she already did a beautiful review talking about Darcy’s relationship with her mother, with her best friend, and with her mom’s hoarding so I won’t bother repeating everything–you can just read her review here.
Instead, I will be writing about what I love best in a book:
♥ Starting with my first impressions of Asher–I expected him to be VERY different than he was. I thought he’d be sweet and fluffy and someone in school with her. None of that is true! Asher and Darcy used to go to the same school, but he graduated a year earlier. He’s definitely not fluff, he has real substance as a character, not just a love interest. He’s often sweet, but not always. He has hard edges, and his attitude changes completely at random. But there is an actual reason behind that, and not just your typical teen angst and boy emotionally abusive bullshit.
♥ AFTER THAT, I did not expect Asher to have a girlfriend, and he totally has a girlfriend! For a lot of the book! There’s technically no cheating, but if emotional investment in someone else is a TW for you, you might want to skip this one. But if you don’t skip it? Guys, there is an alley fake-hookup scene (sounds shady but done for reasons totally on the up and up) that is just…
♥ “Dasher”, he says their couple name would be, nonchalantly, LIKE HE JUST THOUGHT OF IT RIGHT THEN AS IF.
♥ Obviously they get together, it’s a romance, but I don’t want to spoil where or when or how. But I do want to say that there’s something about his interest that’s off-putting to Darcy, and instead of silently questioning, or talking it out with her just-as-clueless friends for a hundred years, or writing for hours in a journal about it (all things I would have done in high school), Darcy immediately goes to confront him in person (something I would NEVER do in high school HOW DARE YOU SUGGEST SUCH A THING) so that there aren’t misunderstandings and they both get to say what they need to.
Honestly, how does she do this though
“Part of taking care of yourself is letting some people in once and awhile.”
“I knew my way around words. And I understood, more than anyone, that sometimes they just needed a safe place to go.”
“All I ask-the next time you have to put up a wall, just let me be on your side of the bricks.”
Make sure you check out everyone else on the tour by clicking here! With Bookish Geek and I both on, you know it’s a fun one full of nerdiness! And don’t forget to enter to WIN A COPY of The Library of Lost Things! Open internationally, ends October 22.