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: 5/5 Stars
I think it’s safe to say that most readers love books about characters who are readers or books that take place in bookish settings. The Library of Lost Things hits both of these reader dreams, as the main protagonist, Darcy, spends most of her time with books. A lifelong reader, literary genius, & bookstore employee, Darcy constantly finds herself surrounded by books.
The Library of Lost Things is such a relatable read for readers because of Darcy. Her family life has often forced Darcy to hide her personal life from her classmates, other than her super supportive friend, Marisol. Literature is Darcy’s sanctuary in numerous ways. Between this comfort and her genuine love for books, I found myself keeping post-it notes by my side throughout reading to mark some of my favorite reader-inspired quotes. Some more bookish-ness comes into play of course with Darcy’s part-time job working at the bookstore. The Library of Lost Things is a cozy read for plenty of reasons, but Yellow Feather books is definitely the most cozy of them all (aside from its grumpy owner). Laura Taylor Namey’s descriptiveness left it so easy for me to picture the setting.
With a book about a book-loving character, Laura Taylor Namey definitely delivers on the literary references. I really enjoyed how each chapter started with a literary quote in line with said chapter’s theme. While I don’t much about this classic other than its Disney adaptation, I really enjoyed how a certain children’s classic is incorporated into the story, and I didn’t see some of the allusions coming.