Title: The Library of Lost Things Author: Laura Taylor Namey Publisher: Inkyard Press Date: 8th October 2019 Pages: 384
● Young Adult ● Contemporary ● Mental Health ● Romance ●
“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.”
(Please be aware the review may contain spoilers.)
Having just finished Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson it is a strange coincidence I chose to read this next. The Library of Lost Things also tackles the issue of hoarding. Like Ro, Darcy leads a life of secrecy, only a few know what it is like behind her front door. She is worried about the CPS finding out about her home and being separated from her mother.
There are only a few people she can trust, she finds solace, comfort and escapism in her books. There is a parallel between her mother needing and hoarding all sorts of things and Darcy needing and keeping so many books, neither want to be parted from their precious items.
As her 18th birthday approaches things begin to change, their apartment complex comes under new management so her efforts to keep hidden intensify. She has the support of her best friend, Marisol, but is that enough? Along with a new boy entering her world can she live the fairytale rather than just read about one?
Alongside the issues with her mother and her romance with Asher, we also see her relationship with her grandmother and her non-existent father when he suddenly writes to her out of the blue. Realising she can no longer hide or escape we see Darcy’s journey to being open and free of her burden and the stumbles along the way. Letting people in, both to her home and to her life, the real Darcy.
I found the friendship between Darcy and Marisol to be very touching, more like sisters than friends. The way Marisol’s family take Darcy under their wings when she needs it is heartwarming.
Her story of trust, opening up, acceptance of her situation and of herself is heartlifting. The slowly building romance with Asher is like a fairytale and totally swoonworthy.
The book is a fun and light read, without and dark or immensely complex issues to overcome.
I received this book as an e-arc on edelweiss+, it does not affect my review in any way.