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the library of lost things
THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS
by Laura Taylor Namey
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date:
October 8th 2019 by Inkyard Press
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Rating: ★★★½
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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.
"Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There's the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more."

Darcy lives for books. She's the definition of a booknerd. A quality that Darcy has is she memorizes stories from beginning to end--she can quote almost any book. To Darcy, her books are her comfort zone and the escape she needs from real life. Unfortunately, real life is becoming too real. Her living and financial situations are both threatened and she's basically the one that has to carry the heavy burden.

I felt so much for this beautiful character. Darcy is dealing with so much and she's still going forward, one step at a time. Thankfully, she has the support of her best friend, Marisol, and her bff's family. I have to point out that I felt like I was one of Marisol's family members because how the author described this family is exactly how Puerto Rican families are. We are loud, we are always eating, we are a whole bunch of people. But when you're introduced to the family, you're one of us for life. The author was able to portray this so well and so vividly. I give her all the kudos!

Then we have Asher, a beautifully broken guy who's trying to move forward from the accident that cost him his dream of becoming a pilot. When he came into Darcy's life, he was still dealing with the emotional pain, but he was still able to be there for Darcy, show her there's more to life, give her a different perspective from the angle she was looking at situations, teach her about the magic that is speed reading, and ultimately, give her all of his support through everything she was dealing with.

I totally enjoyed Asher and Darcy together. They were made for each other! And I just loved how sweet the slow-burn was, seeing them become friends and ever so slowly seeing them grow closer to one another until a romance starts blooming.

One of the aspects of the story that touched my heart was the mental illness Darcy's mother was dealing with. I have never read a book on hoarding before and never really understood much of it until now. I believe the author did a wonderful job in enlightening the reader on this particular Mental Health. It broke my heart to read about someone going through something like this, especially Darcy. She wasn't the one hoarding, but this still affected her life in so many ways. What broke my heart even more was when her mom confessed why she began hoarding in the first place. Ugh, my heart broke in pieces. I just wanted to hug both of them.

Overall, The Library of Lost Things is truly beautiful and insightful. I have nothing bad to say about it. The rating I'm giving the book is more a, "It's not you, it's me." I still very highly recommend this because I know it will resonate with so many readers!

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