The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Release date: October 8th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★★

l-jptpXwFrom 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 crushingreality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when anew 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.

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“Real hearts love for real. But they also hurt each other for real, sometimes. It’s what’s inside that tells you whether to work it out or run.”

I’m not sure why I always forget what a book it’s about even after I’ve read the synopsis. I had no clue what library of lost things was about, all I knew was that it’s a contemporary romance with a book lover main character.  And it is but at the same time it isn’t.

Darcy is a genius she can memorize entire books without trouble, she has a book for every occasion, when she does not know what to do she tries to imitate what her favorite book heroines would do and act like them, because is much easier to pretend and do what other people would do instead of processing by herself. She wants to have everything under control because that might make her mother better, she wants her mother to get better.

Darcy’s mom is a hoarder, she’s been one since Darcy was born and her dad left and never came back and she doesn’t seem to be getting better, therapy and admitting the problem did not help and now she is kind of receding. Darcy has taken care of her but now everything is going out of hand, she is going to college soon, her part time job is not enough to pay the increasing pile of bills, and the apartment complex now has a new tenant who wants to make changes to the house.

Namey through her writing made me feel trapped just like Darcy feels when her mother is home and comes with new packages with more things she bought, I could feel how hard she tried to keep calm and help her.  It wasn’t hard to read but sometimes it felt too real and I had to take some time to process what I was reading.

The character were complex and three dimensional, each one with their own struggles and flaws, none too perfect, just real and that adds to the book in a good way. Asher is not the typical perfect love interest, he has his own problems and is learning and adjusting to life after high school. Marisol is the best of friends and I loved her personality, not only she is latina but she is charming and loves fashion, it’s the perfect balance Darcy needs in her life.

It wasn’t the light contemporary I thought it was going to be, the whole story has a complexity that reminded me of the poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, it is a book that will be with me forever because it left its mark.

If I had to describe the book I would say is a love letter to family, the bond between a mother and her daughter, a love letter for our love of books and how we all have to learn to let go of things and not store them, because deep inside all of us are hoarders, we all have some things we are afraid to say and won’t let go.  But no matter what I say there aren’t words that will make justice to this book so I’m just going to say every one of you, booklovers, should read this book.

“It’s messy, like us, and it changes. So our dreams can change, too.”

As a part of the blog tour organized by the fantastic flying book club we are giving away a copy of the book, you can enter in the link below.

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