The Library of Lost Things

The Library of Lost Things

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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"
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, Inkyard Press,, [2019]
ISBN: 9781335928252
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Namey Laura 10/2019
Characteristics: 339 pages ;,22 cm


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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 t... Read More »

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Nov 09, 2020

The characters were interesting, the plot was interesting, the story felt so real at the beginning, but I had such a hard time getting through it. The writing style kept throwing me off - it didn't flow nicely. Too many metaphors or something. By the end I just wasn't that interested anymore.

Jan 14, 2020

"She'll read a thousand happy endings before she finds her own."

'The Library of Lost Things' is a delicious entry for book and word lovers written beautifully by yet another 'young adult' author. So many of the statements of and by the characters are profound.

It's almost trite to say that 'The Library of Lost Things' is a story of hope in disappointment, shame and fear, but it simply is showcasing great resiliency, grit and mature insight:
"I did some thinking in the past few days, too," he added. "I'm not going to blame myself for the accident anymore. For not staying home. I wasn't supposed to go to Annapolis."
"But what about your dream? The marines and fighter jets?"
"I like to think of it this way now - if I'd been in uniform, in Maryland, I wouldn't have walked into a certain bookstore. If I was sitting in a classroom in Annapolis, I wouldn't be sitting here with you." There was short a pause before he continued, "You're part of a different dream."
. . . "That's where I was wrong before. We can't get stuck on one goal and plan it to the letter. Life isn't so to-the-letter predictable. It's messy, like us and it changes. So our dreams can change, too."

Who among us avid readers do not find solace and a life pause button with our ability to lose stress and noise in/with the books we read and love?

5 stars

RandomLibrarian Nov 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this book a lot. Darcy is an introvert who works in a bookstore and carries books everywhere she goes, using them as an escape from uncomfortable moments socially and also to help her get away from her mother's hoarding. The only room in the house that is not piled to the ceiling with stuff or covered in dust is her own bedroom. Her father is absent, having skipped out on her and her mother before she was born. Her best friend is one of a very few people who know about her mother's illness.

"The Library of Lost Things" explores mental illness in a way that is compassionate but also requires the characters to do the work. Andrea, Darcy's mom, is a hoarder. Asher, the guy she encounters all over town, struggles with concussive brain injuries and a shattered knee, both from a car accident that took away his dreams for the future of being a Marine and a pilot. Both are damaged, but they are not hopeless; life goes on and they can find a way to live life well, if somewhat differently than they'd originally intended.

Nov 02, 2019

My high school self would've loved this story but it also would have instilled false hope. Sweet with a tinge of bitterness, like hot cocoa made with dark chocolate

Oct 04, 2019

This book had some really engaging pieces that fit together so nicely. Darcy Wells (named for Mr. Darcy in P & P) has been hiding a terrible secret -- her mother is a hoarder. Her best friend is Marisol who acts as her stylist as well as a connection to a huge extended family complete with good food and multi-faceted support. She works at a bookstore which shares its building with a wig store. Darcy has a catalog of literary quotes in her head including whole passages of Shakespeare and a college dictionary. Two things happen at work: the first has to do with a handsome, brooding alum from her high school who keeps popping up in her work life while doing handyman work in the wig store. Then he begins taking his breaks in the bookstore and discussing books with her. The second is a mysterious used copy of "Peter Pan" that is returned by a customer. Darcy is fascinated by the poetry and notes written all over the pages and it becomes her new obsession. All of the chapters begin with a literary quote -- many from the returned book. Even though I am not a huge fan of "Peter Pan," I still loved how the author used books and references to literature to frame the plot and move Darcy toward her own next chapter. Will she need to leave her mother behind to move her own story forward? The romance in this book is wholesome, the language is clean and the parties do not turn into alcohol-fueled disasters. I look forward to reading more from this author!


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