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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 outsi 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.


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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 outsi 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.

30 review for The Library of Lost Things

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Four in the name of romantic book nerd and hoarders’ love, lyrical, family-troubled, emotional, heart-warming, making you sigh incessantly stars! If you’re not a YA romance fan, what is still intriguing about this book? -Complex mother and daughter relationship: Check! -Amazingly developed real best supporting character and sidekick: Marisol’s existence on the book: Check! -References from the great classic authors from Bronte, Austen to Shakespeare and bringing a different and creative approach to Four in the name of romantic book nerd and hoarders’ love, lyrical, family-troubled, emotional, heart-warming, making you sigh incessantly stars! If you’re not a YA romance fan, what is still intriguing about this book? -Complex mother and daughter relationship: Check! -Amazingly developed real best supporting character and sidekick: Marisol’s existence on the book: Check! -References from the great classic authors from Bronte, Austen to Shakespeare and bringing a different and creative approach to Peter Pan’s story: Check! -Heart-felting, sometimes a little bit more dramatic but still swoony and sweet love story between Darcy and Asher( I know you may not love YA love stories but the age is not important when you read a heart-warming one!) : Check, check and check! -When you need an urgent summer read and looking for a book that brings you the softest, sweetest and most genuine story which makes you smile: Check! - When you need a quick escape from daily dramas, stress, turmoil and irritating people around you by reading with a soul-brushing, mind-relaxing story: Check! If you also checked all the listed reasons to love this book, grab it, read it and fully enjoy it! Special thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley to provide me this lovely book in exchange my honest review! I wholeheartedly loved this one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Omg! I love this book so damn much!! At first I wasn’t sure, but it grew on me and I fell right in love. Plus, I cried a bit!! Now ima buy the hardback and the awesome preorder of the super cute paperback come out! So there! The end. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Omg! I love this book so damn much!! At first I wasn’t sure, but it grew on me and I fell right in love. Plus, I cried a bit!! Now ima buy the hardback and the awesome preorder of the super cute paperback come out! So there! The end. Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. Sometimes in order to write our own story we need to find ourselves first. Darcy Jane Wells lives a life immersed in stories and books. Other than her best friend Marisol, books have been her closest companions since childhood, because she finds that other people’s stories are better than the story of her own life. She goes everywhere with at least one book in her possession, even to parties and other social events. (Sound at all familiar?) Her mother is a hoarder. She’s a perfectly func 4.5 stars. Sometimes in order to write our own story we need to find ourselves first. Darcy Jane Wells lives a life immersed in stories and books. Other than her best friend Marisol, books have been her closest companions since childhood, because she finds that other people’s stories are better than the story of her own life. She goes everywhere with at least one book in her possession, even to parties and other social events. (Sound at all familiar?) Her mother is a hoarder. She’s a perfectly functioning adult with a real job and everything, but she cannot stop buying things to fill the void Darcy’s father left when he abandoned them before she was born. Darcy has always stood guard to ensure her mother’s compulsion, preventing friends from visiting, running interference with the building manager, handling necessary repairs in secret. But a new building manager looking to make changes, dwindling money, an ultimatum from her grandmother, and the arrival of a shocking surprise leave her struggling. When Darcy meets Asher, a former aspiring pilot whose dreams were dashed by injury, suddenly she is tired of hiding her story and her feelings. She’s tired of romance only between the pages of her books. But it will take courage and self-discovery, and much more. "But I spent so much time battling the clutter scaffolding my life, so much time hiding. Dreams came, settling inside me. When they did, I lived in a new house, clean and free. I kissed the prince and danced with the hero, maybe even one like Asher Fleet. But I had to move those dreams out, every time. Evicted. How could I hold real love inside an invisible heart?" I really enjoyed this! I thought the book was poignant and emotional, full of lovely and special moments. Namey’s characters are so appealing as well and added depth to this story. Plus, any book that celebrates the love of reading and the power of stories is all right by me!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon

    4/5 ⭐ E-arc received from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion. "Since kindergarten, my mind has been a story bank. I read and read, and I remember." When I first read about this book, I knew I had to read it and was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC of it. I believe it is safe to say that the majority of the pages on my Kindle are highlighted with quotes I loved, moments that warmed or broke my heart and, just in general, how great this story is. Even though 4/5 ⭐ E-arc received from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion. "Since kindergarten, my mind has been a story bank. I read and read, and I remember." When I first read about this book, I knew I had to read it and was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC of it. I believe it is safe to say that the majority of the pages on my Kindle are highlighted with quotes I loved, moments that warmed or broke my heart and, just in general, how great this story is. Even though the main character is a bookworm, I think this book is very different from what we are used to have in YA books. Of course there are a lot of recurring elements that are classic to YA, but one thing in particular made me think it was bringing something new: the mother/daughter relationship. Darcy and her mother have a complex relationship due to her mom's hoarding. Mental illness in this book is well-developed and explained through Darcy telling the reader about their session with a counselor and how to handle her mother's compulsive shopping issue. To escape reality, Darcy found a coping system in hiding in books and their characters, referencing them all the time because it's the only way she knows how to deal with the real world and it's complexity. Darcy can also count on one of the most well developed supporting character I have read about in a very long time: her best friend Marisol. I loved Marisol, she is an amazing friend and she gives so much love and support to Darcy. Their relationship was really heart-warming. The love interest was also incredibly well-developed. His backstory is gut-wrenching but his courage and determination show one should always keep hope, even in the darkest of times. In general, I would like to say the entire "cast" of characters was amazing. Tess, Darcy's grandmother, Mr Winston, they all have their flaws and qualities that make them unique and completely believable. They all bring something to the story and are not just there like some books tend to do. It was amazing. Moreover, the writing in this book is phenomenal. It is extremely poetic and beautiful, filled with references to great writers and it flows amazingly. It seems like we are living within this book the same Darcy lives within books herself. Her relationship with fictional worlds and words was completely relatable and I could see myself within her. The comfort she finds in books is the same as mine, so what she was going through was understandable. As a conclusion, I would highly recommend to every bookworm to put this little gem on your TBR because it is a really great book that deserves to be in the spotlight. Everything from the portrayal of the characters to the writing is fantastic. It definitely was a bit slow to start but I liked this aspect of it. The story unfurled in front of my eyes and I enjoyed getting to know Darcy and the other characters more as I went through the story. The portrayal of teenagers was also fairly accurate and seemed genuine, which I highly appreciated. My Bookstagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    such a sweet romance, and a lot of really strong family feels in this story!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: The Library of Lost Things Series: Standalone Author: Laura Taylor Namey Release date: October 8, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: YA romance He was the home for all my words, even the ones I hadn’t defined yet. He was the home for all my stories, even the ones I hadn’t imagined. This book had me at "literary genius heroine." I loved the secret gift she had for memorizing passages of her favorite books. Darcy Wells is exactly the type of character I have a weakness for. Shy, intelligent, not exactly Title: The Library of Lost Things Series: Standalone Author: Laura Taylor Namey Release date: October 8, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: YA romance He was the home for all my words, even the ones I hadn’t defined yet. He was the home for all my stories, even the ones I hadn’t imagined. This book had me at "literary genius heroine." I loved the secret gift she had for memorizing passages of her favorite books. Darcy Wells is exactly the type of character I have a weakness for. Shy, intelligent, not exactly nerdy but feels socially invisible. Then to find out that she's named after my ultimate book hero, the dashing Mr. Darcy??? How could I possibly dislike her after that? Spoiler alert: I couldn't. Books are the center of Darcy's world, they're her escape from the harsh reality of her mother's shopping and hoarding addiction. Inside the pages of her books was invaluable information she could stockpile in her brain to get her through a stressful time. Because her mother just isn't there for her to give advice and guidance the way she is supposed to be. She's a young girl trying to cope in the only way she knows how. What skills had my mother taught me? How to fall apart, but still look presentable? How to pretend and lie to survive, or shop your bank account dry? I’d learned more about life from books than my own mom. She knows her mother loves her, but through the years, their roles have become reversed and Darcy has taken on the responsibility of many things she shouldn't have to worry about at her age. Her mother has completely checked out and spiraled into an anxiety ridden maze of denial and comfort spending. If you've seen the show Hoarders, you probably have some horrific images in your head about what kind of filth they're living in. Their situation isn't quite that dire. Her mother holds down a well paying job selling make-up, and on the outside, you'd never guess that their home is stacked with so many piles of stuff that you barely have enough room to walk from room to room. Darcy has adapted and learned how to project the perfect image and blend into the background so no one asks too many questions. Her best friend's cousin is called in for a favor when a repair needs to be made in their apartment. Her grandmother's monthly allowance is used to buy groceries or pay a bill that wasn't taken care of. And no one, absolutely no one, is allowed to step foot inside her home, because the fear of child protective services removing her is one that she lives with every day. She's one month away from turning eighteen, and she needs to keep their skeletons firmly in the closet until that day. Then suddenly her house of cards starts tumbling down around her. She's hit with one problem after another and everything is on the verge of collapsing with one wrong move. It's all she can do to take one shaky breath at a time. Asher was such a refreshingly sweet hero. Yes, he's a little moody and unapproachable in the beginning, but his behavior wasn't just teenage angst or bad manners. When Darcy runs into him a few times and starts to get to know him better, she realizes that his mixed messages are coming from a place that he has no control over. Asher is one year ahead of her and just recently graduated, but he's been working for family while he heals from a traumatic car accident that destroyed his plans for the future. I enjoyed the fact that these two formed a friendship first and you could tangibly see their feelings grow into something deeper. To Darcy, he is the unattainable popular guy that she could never hope to capture. She's quirky, secretive, and would rather read a book at a party than socialize. He sees much more of her true self than she thinks and there isn't a part of her he doesn't like. “I watched you almost every day.” He smiled. “Watched you tuck hair behind your ear and fall in love with words. And you’re more than pretty. You’re all the places I want to fly to. Your mind is brilliant and so full, it spills out all over you.” Darcy's best friend Marisol was amazing and every girl should have a supportive person in their life like her. The Peter Pan book that plays a big part in the book was pretty special, and I really enjoyed the relatable quotes at the head of each chapter. I guessed early on how the book tied into the plot, but it was such a creative thing to do that I didn't mind at all. Throughout the story I thought this would be a simple and sweet teen coming of age romance that's low on the angst and high on the cute factor. Then out of nowhere at the end, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself choking back emotion as Darcy navigated the broken relationship with her mother. This is definitely more than your average YA fluff, it has lots of heart and introspection in it. I thoroughly loved Laura Taylor Namey's debut and I cannot wait to read more from her in the future. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zitong Ren

    Meh... I mean, it was alright, nothing special, though it wasn't bad either. I liked the characters well enough. It was certainly sweet, but I dunno, it didn't really make me feel anything. If anything, I feel sort of empty after finishing it. I suppose it was just a normal contemporary romance. I will say that I have started reading romance, albeit YA for the first time in my life due to this whole pandemic situation which has me wanting happy stories, but I dunno. This is like probably the 4th r Meh... I mean, it was alright, nothing special, though it wasn't bad either. I liked the characters well enough. It was certainly sweet, but I dunno, it didn't really make me feel anything. If anything, I feel sort of empty after finishing it. I suppose it was just a normal contemporary romance. I will say that I have started reading romance, albeit YA for the first time in my life due to this whole pandemic situation which has me wanting happy stories, but I dunno. This is like probably the 4th romance I've read the space of a month. Yes, they're cute and fun to read, but I don't really feel satisfied in any way after finishing it. It's all pretty predictable tbh. There' always some minor complication after the characters lives and family issues or whatever, but you always know it's going to have a happy ending. There's no thrill or any real excitement since it's obvious at how things are going to go. Plot twists = negligible, it's really zero, but maybe some things could be considered plot twists? maybe? ehh? While I do want to read some more happier books in general, these light fluffy YA contemporaries, in fairly significant doses probably aren't the right thing either to read since it gets boring and predicable really quickly. oh well 5/10

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Really lovely YA romance that doesn’t shy away from real issues. The heroine was a bookworm of epic proportions (exactly why I adore it, truth be told) and carrying a lot of adult-like baggage. Highly recommend, especially to teens who may need a happy ending in their own stressed lives.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Wilcox

    This was... Not great. Darcy (haha Pride and Prejudice reference because she's soooo bookish!!) felt like the epitome of the whole "not like other girls" subgenre of YA I thought we were years past. Reading this book, everything about the tone, plot, and character development felt incredibly dated--largely because I haven't read anything written in this style since I was 13 or 14 (almost a decade!). Here's the basic idea: Darcy is the sole child of a single mother, who also struggles with hoarding This was... Not great. Darcy (haha Pride and Prejudice reference because she's soooo bookish!!) felt like the epitome of the whole "not like other girls" subgenre of YA I thought we were years past. Reading this book, everything about the tone, plot, and character development felt incredibly dated--largely because I haven't read anything written in this style since I was 13 or 14 (almost a decade!). Here's the basic idea: Darcy is the sole child of a single mother, who also struggles with hoarding. The only place where her mother won't move her hoard to is her bedroom, allowing Darcy to place the books her mother hates in there. For most of the book, we're told that Darcy's mother hates books because the man she fell in love with--and the father of her child--was an English teacher who left them and moved to Thailand 18 years ago. To cope with the loneliness of having to parent her mother (i.e. pay bills, do household shopping, and prevent anyone from ever setting foot in their home), she buries herself in books, with the book frequently noting that she has such a knack for books and reading, she can memorize whole texts and large passages and recite them with ease. I often find that books designed for "bookish people" can be the worst--alternating between patronizing and pretentious. The Library of Lost Things spends more time with the latter, but still touches on the former. See, Darcy is also a book snob: she derides e-readers (aren't we past this now?), and immediately thinks less of Asher (romantic interest) because he speed-reads. But we haven't yet gotten to the parts I hated the most about this book. See, Asher has a girlfriend for 90% of the book. Her name is London, she's a theater kid, and we're supposed to believe she sucks and is a terrible girlfriend because... Actually, we never were really given a reason. Because the whole book takes place from Darcy's POV, and so we're just told "London is bad." But here's the thing, I don't believe she is. She's actually shown to be nice and sweet at various points! She just seems like a Sharpay-ish type girl who works really hard at the theater, but because she's involved with the romantic interest, she's automatically a Bad Person. Most of the characters in The Library of Lost Things were little more than caricatures: the judgmental wealthy grandmother, the destitute mother, the cheerful best friend who sets aside all her problems for the MC, the love interest who deserves better than his current girlfriend, the aforementioned current girlfriend vilified for her crime of being with the romantic interest... It was a lot. These characters ultimately reveal themselves as objects designed to prop up Darcy as some wonderful, different, quirky, hard-done-by girl who frequently mentions that she's not pretty or beautiful. Yeah, we really hit all of them in one book--I was almost impressed if I wasn't suffering. Finally, Darcy's mother. At the end of the book, Darcy confronts her mother's hoarding and draws a line in the sand. Remember how we were told her mother hates books because of Darcy's father? Turns out that was a lie. The real reason she hates books is because she (get this) abandoned Darcy at 9 months old and took off for four months, leaving her in the care of her grandparents. But when she decided to turn around and come back, she realized Darcy was exceptional (their word, not mine). Why was Darcy exceptional, you may ask? The memorizing books thing. Apparently everyone was so blown away by her ability to memorize books from a very young age, that her mother felt like she didn't deserve her daughter, and began to resent books because of how naturally she took to them. So there you have it. The hoarding is because a mother got jealous of her child's ability to memorize and read literature. Wow. The only thing that saved this book was that first kiss scene in the last couple of chapters. That was some good swoon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    I wanted to love this book so much but unfortunately I just had too many problems with it. The Library of Lost Things is about a girl named Darcy who loves books. One day at her job at a bookstore, a boy from school named Asher walks into her life. But Darcy has a secret- she's dealing with her mother's crushing hoarding problem and with a nosy new apartment manager, time is running out on her ability to hide it. I don't know what it is with books about characters who love to read but they always I wanted to love this book so much but unfortunately I just had too many problems with it. The Library of Lost Things is about a girl named Darcy who loves books. One day at her job at a bookstore, a boy from school named Asher walks into her life. But Darcy has a secret- she's dealing with her mother's crushing hoarding problem and with a nosy new apartment manager, time is running out on her ability to hide it. I don't know what it is with books about characters who love to read but they always gatekeep the FUCK out of being a bookworm and I'm honestly so tired of it. "You're not a reader if you x y or z!!" No, if you like stories and like to read you are a reader and there are no exceptions. You don't have to have been a fan of reading your entire life or even read 20 books a month to call yourself a reader and anyone who says otherwise can choke. This book wants to pretend it's written for lovers of books but it is really: if you aren't a genius obsessive geek like Darcy who thinks about books 24/7, you are just a fake fan. Speed reading? Oh yeah doing it wrong. Even reading on an ereader is bad! Darcy makes the most bullshit comment ever and I literally almost dnf'd the damn book right there because of how much that pissed me off. Stories are stories and ereaders are just another way to easily access them (ESPECIALLY the accessibility for people who can't get print copies easily due to location / digital ends up being cheaper because of sales / borrow digital from library easier than print / have trouble holding a heavy book because of various medical issues or disabilities / terrible eyesight / space issues- seriously I could keep going. But fuck those people in particular I guess!) We're in 2019 still with that bullshit hot take that "wItH a ReAl BoOk, yOu FeEl tHe StOrY mOrE". I read this ON my ereader and huh, still felt the bullshit story here. I am a fan of books because of the stories they tell, not just the damn feel of paper. Turn on your location Darcy, I just want to talk. So although I was okay with Darcy in the beginning, as I got to know her more, I started to dislike her so much. She's super pretentious and just endless in how perfect and genius she is. She has a photographic memory and get this- it is explained she got that way because she has "fallen in love with words" and from all the reading she's done. Wtf, where is my skill then?? I have tons of reader friends and none of us can do that either, dang. Oh right- we aren't all real readers anyway because ereaders or digital. 🤷 (Don't ever tell Darcy about audiobooks!! Oh shit she would LOSE IT.) Maybe I had the wrong idea of this book going into it but she barely ever "deals" with her mother and her problem. Darcy goes on and on about how much she loves her mother but we never actually see it and instead she just kind of acted shitty to her mother with an untreated mental illness. Also she got distracted by a boy for most of the book?? Asher though, who by the way HAD A GIRLFRIEND FOR ALMOST THE ENTIRE BOOK. I could never get myself to think any of their bonding and flirting was cute because besides a little tiny part of Darcy, no one really cared he was taken?? Marisol even being like: "You say it like him having a girlfriend is a problem." GIRL WHAT??? The pacing of this book was so bad. The plot moves through phases of things it would focus on 100% before moving onto something else and then never mentioning the last thing and it was so weird to me?? Like at one point it randomly jumped to Darcy having to do some play and I had no idea where that even came from. (Of course she was amazing at it lol Darcy is without flaw!!) I didn't like the writing either that tried to be deep and meaningful but was so cheesy and fake. The constant pop culture (and random popular YA books) references were obnoxious too but that's always a me thing. There were also all these threads of plotlines going on and ???? why. It was just TOO much and everything took a backseat to the mediocre romance anyway. Also I wanted more of a hard-hitting emotional book and not some annoying MC gatekeeping reading a book but alas. Once the romance plotline is resolved near the end, suddenly the book is like "okay now back to my mother who I barely ever interacted with and who was barely in this book" and it tried to get all deep and emotional and I felt nothing. Just nothing. Also gross to compare loving stories to the actual mental illness of compulsive shopping and hoarding just to be dramatic but okay. "i'M a HoArDeR oF sToRieS" haha okay Darcy but your mom needs fucking help. An attempt was made but I hated it all.

  12. 5 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    A sweet book that also packs an emotional punch about mother-daughter relationships, slow-burn romance, and hiding who we are. - Follows Darcy, a teen who has extraordinary memory of the books that she has read, and lives with her mother who struggles with hoarding and compulsive shopping. And then she meets Aster, a teen boy and former teen pilot who suffers from PTSD (I think?) and a traumatic brain injury. - I think this is the sort of book you'll love if you like stories that explore relations A sweet book that also packs an emotional punch about mother-daughter relationships, slow-burn romance, and hiding who we are. - Follows Darcy, a teen who has extraordinary memory of the books that she has read, and lives with her mother who struggles with hoarding and compulsive shopping. And then she meets Aster, a teen boy and former teen pilot who suffers from PTSD (I think?) and a traumatic brain injury. - I think this is the sort of book you'll love if you like stories that explore relationships and is 'slice of life'. The relationships are slowly and carefully explored and developed, and I liked that a lot. - The story explores the impact of hoarding and compulsive shopping has on Aster, and how this strains the relationships with everyone around her. - It's also a story about identity - being proud of who we are, being true to ourselves, and not hiding the parts of ourselves. Trigger/content warning: (view spoiler)[mention of parental abandonment, PTSD, traumatic brain injury symptoms (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Firkins

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC through NetGalley so I could dive--or rather fly--into this charming book. I love a good love story and I thoroughly enjoyed my read. TLOLT has lots to recommend it beyond its central romantic arc. 3 generations of family drama expand the story and lay the groundwork for an engaging mystery. The answers tie seamlessly into the main character's arc of self discovery and self acceptance. There are plenty of literary references (both direct and implied) within the ma I was lucky enough to get an ARC through NetGalley so I could dive--or rather fly--into this charming book. I love a good love story and I thoroughly enjoyed my read. TLOLT has lots to recommend it beyond its central romantic arc. 3 generations of family drama expand the story and lay the groundwork for an engaging mystery. The answers tie seamlessly into the main character's arc of self discovery and self acceptance. There are plenty of literary references (both direct and implied) within the material to please any avid reader who picks this up. It's awash with Easter eggs to enjoy. Austen. Bronte. Barrie. Shakespeare. And more. The love interest in swoon-worthy and says all the right things at all the right times. The best friend has the necessary sass to push the heroine out of her bookish shell. The side characters are quirky and lovable, replete with a funky wig-shop owner and a frumpy bookseller who have a history of their own. The book requires some suspension of disbelief, but I had no problem letting go to enjoy the ride. I rooted for the main character, I enjoyed the thematic symbolism, and I appreciated the author's sense of detail. Can't wait to see what she does next!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nadhira Satria

    I got the arc!!! Reading this right NOW

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was such a charming and sweet book! I love books about books and book lovers. I loved Darcy and her amazing memory about books. She essentially lives inside the books she loves, and would love nothing more than to spend all her time reading books instead of socializing. And I mean. Wow, that was me in high school so 100% can relate. Not that she's socially awkward (usually) - she just takes gr An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was such a charming and sweet book! I love books about books and book lovers. I loved Darcy and her amazing memory about books. She essentially lives inside the books she loves, and would love nothing more than to spend all her time reading books instead of socializing. And I mean. Wow, that was me in high school so 100% can relate. Not that she's socially awkward (usually) - she just takes great comfort in books, in stories with romances and happily ever afters. It's also the best way to escape the mess that is her own life. I really enjoyed her friendship with Marisol. Marisol is half-Mexican, half-Cuban and I loved the incorporation of her big Spanish family. She's also a fashion designer with a bad gum-chewing habit, but her and Darcy are best friends, and their opposing personalities work so well together. Of course, I also loved Asher. I was a bit unsure about him at first, since his attitude could change randomly. However, there was a rational (surprise!) explanation for his behaviour. And he was just generally super sweet and cute. He and Darcy had the best discussions about books and ways of reading (slowly to savour all the words, or speed-reading by reading in chunks) reminded me so much of my boyfriend and I! (He reads like Darcy, I read like Asher ^_^) Also a cute boy who loves literature? There aren't enough of these in YA novels. Finally, I really liked Darcy's precarious relationship with both her mother and grandmother. I thought this book was really unique for its portrayal of hoarding and concussive effects after a traumatic accident. In general, I really loved the various relationships Darcy makes and has, and how she begins to live her own story instead of hiding in a book. Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  16. 5 out of 5

    Inkyard Press

    Categories Young Adult Family, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Social Themes

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessy♡

    “Sometimes you can't see where make-believe ends and true starts. And sometimes you can, and you cry.” I really loved this book. It talked about a hard subject but the author did a beautiful job exploring it. It was so sad to see Darcy struggle with her mothers addictions and disorder. I love the love interest in this but what I loved the most was Darcy’s friendship with Marisol. As a latin person I really appreciated seeing glimpses of the warm latin culture that is so familiar to me :) “Sometimes you can't see where make-believe ends and true starts. And sometimes you can, and you cry.” I really loved this book. It talked about a hard subject but the author did a beautiful job exploring it. It was so sad to see Darcy struggle with her mothers addictions and disorder. I love the love interest in this but what I loved the most was Darcy’s friendship with Marisol. As a latin person I really appreciated seeing glimpses of the warm latin culture that is so familiar to me :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mom_Loves_Reading

    Ahhhh! This book was literally just what I needed to perk up a rough couple of days. The cover alone makes me happy! Those colors, the books, the fun font...a triple threat for this book lover! "The Library of Lost Things" gave me all the feels and left me sighing with a warmed soul. It's both a heart-warming and heart-breaking coming of age story that also centers around books and a bookstore. I adored Darcy and could totally relate to her "living in" the books she loved and being socially awkw Ahhhh! This book was literally just what I needed to perk up a rough couple of days. The cover alone makes me happy! Those colors, the books, the fun font...a triple threat for this book lover! "The Library of Lost Things" gave me all the feels and left me sighing with a warmed soul. It's both a heart-warming and heart-breaking coming of age story that also centers around books and a bookstore. I adored Darcy and could totally relate to her "living in" the books she loved and being socially awkward and shy. It's listed as YA, but more "seasoned" readers (like me) will love it as well. This is a debut novel for Namey and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jooke

    I have to start with saying: everyone should have a best friend like Marissol. She's quick on her feet, loyal, artistic and funny (except her strange habit of storing gum on her bracelet was a bit disturbing). Asher was just a likable/interesting character, handy, patient, not shallow, good listener... and Tess made a refreshing character during the whole story. But the lead character, Darcy... well I don't really know what to say. In a way I felt for her, but in another way she was just too much I have to start with saying: everyone should have a best friend like Marissol. She's quick on her feet, loyal, artistic and funny (except her strange habit of storing gum on her bracelet was a bit disturbing). Asher was just a likable/interesting character, handy, patient, not shallow, good listener... and Tess made a refreshing character during the whole story. But the lead character, Darcy... well I don't really know what to say. In a way I felt for her, but in another way she was just too much like an ostrich with her make-belief attitude. Knowing her family history, you can't really fault her. But still it was hard to sympathize with her.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I ADORED this super sweet and swoony contemporary! I loved Darcy and her mind for words and books and her best friend Marisol, who's one of the best written MC best friends I've ever read. Her life and family just jump off the page. The romance is lovely and a tad bit melodramatic at times, but it all fit into the context of the story. There's one part I wish there had been more time devoted to (view spoiler)[Darcy's time acting as Beatrice (hide spoiler)] , but overall this book gave me all the f I ADORED this super sweet and swoony contemporary! I loved Darcy and her mind for words and books and her best friend Marisol, who's one of the best written MC best friends I've ever read. Her life and family just jump off the page. The romance is lovely and a tad bit melodramatic at times, but it all fit into the context of the story. There's one part I wish there had been more time devoted to (view spoiler)[Darcy's time acting as Beatrice (hide spoiler)] , but overall this book gave me all the feels and keep me turning the pages. Definitely recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Struck by Stories)

    You guys, this book was FANTASTIC! I loved so much about it, including: - Hoarding representation, which is something I've never seen in a book, YA or otherwise - Darcy's passion for books, which rung so true to another fellow book-lover (*cough*, me, *cough*) - The beautifully written friendship between Darcy and Marisol, which is also something not-too-often seen in YA - Darcy's relationship with her mother, which is built upon so many layers and complexities - Asher, who makes my top 10 most SWOO You guys, this book was FANTASTIC! I loved so much about it, including: - Hoarding representation, which is something I've never seen in a book, YA or otherwise - Darcy's passion for books, which rung so true to another fellow book-lover (*cough*, me, *cough*) - The beautifully written friendship between Darcy and Marisol, which is also something not-too-often seen in YA - Darcy's relationship with her mother, which is built upon so many layers and complexities - Asher, who makes my top 10 most SWOONWORTHY love interests - How it kind of was a super-subtle retelling of Peter Pan (what with Asher's dreams of becoming a pilot and Darcy's resemblance to Wendy, who finds solace in escaping to a fictional world) - The cover, which, after seeing it on Vicky Who Read's blog nearly a year ago, made me just want to cry (IT"S SO PRETTY!) - The side/supporting characters, whom were also written with intricacy and love As you (probably) can see, I really enjoyed this book, even more than I originally anticipated, and I will definitely be recommending this one for years to come! Congrats to Laura on a phenomenal debut, and I look forward to reading her next book, A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Real rating: 4,5 stars. What a gem, friends. One of these soft, yet deep contemporaries with this slow-burning love story, kickass incredible best friend, complex mother daughter relationship and all the books. I loved this so, so, SO much 200% recommend it. Full review coming soon! Thank you to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin' Real rating: 4,5 stars. What a gem, friends. One of these soft, yet deep contemporaries with this slow-burning love story, kickass incredible best friend, complex mother daughter relationship and all the books. I loved this so, so, SO much 200% recommend it. Full review coming soon! Thank you to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating. My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bloglovin'

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤

    REVIEW TO COME BECAUSE I NEED TO PROCESS WHAT THIS BOOK DID TO ME

  24. 5 out of 5

    K.

    Trigger warnings: parent with mental health issues, car accident (in the past), hoarding, threats of child protective services. I desperately wanted to love this because, like, it's about a bookish teenage girl who uses her love of literature to escape from her life and how things change when she can't escape any longer. But honestly? I just found this...boring. I feel like there was a lot more that could have been explored in terms of her stepping outside her comfort zone by taking on the play Trigger warnings: parent with mental health issues, car accident (in the past), hoarding, threats of child protective services. I desperately wanted to love this because, like, it's about a bookish teenage girl who uses her love of literature to escape from her life and how things change when she can't escape any longer. But honestly? I just found this...boring. I feel like there was a lot more that could have been explored in terms of her stepping outside her comfort zone by taking on the play with no warning and with the changing nature of her relationship with her best friend. And instead, we get all these endless scenes of her trying on wigs and reading books and I just...I didn't really care. So ultimately for me, this was FINE but has already proved largely forgettable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    3.5 stars. This was cute, but sometimes the main character was cringey.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Darcy’s real life was sometimes difficult to face, and she therefore, she chose to live in her fictional worlds. During her senior year, not only did Darcy meet someone, who could be a real life romantic interest, but her financial and living situation were both threatened. The real world had begun seeping in, and Darcy had to decide if she was willing to take the risk, and open herself up, or remain hidden behind the wall she erected to protect herself and her mother. How could I resist a book- Darcy’s real life was sometimes difficult to face, and she therefore, she chose to live in her fictional worlds. During her senior year, not only did Darcy meet someone, who could be a real life romantic interest, but her financial and living situation were both threatened. The real world had begun seeping in, and Darcy had to decide if she was willing to take the risk, and open herself up, or remain hidden behind the wall she erected to protect herself and her mother. How could I resist a book-loving character? I found it so easy to connect with Darcy as a book lover, and adored all the quotes and word games Namey incorporated into the story. I also found her really simple to empathize with, as she was a child being forced to assume the adult role in her home due to her mother’s struggle with mental illness. But, what I enjoyed most, was seeing Darcy slowly remove her protective barrier and begin to let more people into her life. She expanded her social circle, spread her wings via theatre, and even made an effort to make peace with her father’s absence. All of these were HUGE steps for this rather introverted bookworm, and I was so proud of her. Luckily, Darcy had a fantastic group of supporting characters to help her with this process. Best friends, Marisol, and her family, seemed to be a steady source of comfort and encouragement for Darcy. They had been giving her love and support for many years, and simply just oozed love and acceptance. Her boss and his ex-wife were also very pro-Darcy, and I couldn’t imagine how much harder things would have been for her had they not been part of her life. One of the biggest catalysts for her life changes was Asher. This lovely boy was trying to rebuilt his life after a car accident left him bodily broken with his future hanging in limbo. He was sort of lost and adrift, when he stumbled into Darcy’s life, but he was able to offer her friendship and a different perspective, as he gently encouraged and supported her throughout her latest setback. I enjoyed all the personal development Darcy experienced over the course of this book, but I was here for the romance. I am happy to report, it did not disappoint. It was obvious from their first meeting, that Asher and Darcy were a fabulous pairing, but there were quite a few obstacle they had to overcome, before they could head off hand-in-hand to romance land. Because of that, it was a rather slow burn, but I enjoyed every delicious second of it. I would be remiss, if I did not mention how well I thought Namey approached Darcy’s Mother’s illness. It’s not that I have not read other YA books featuring hoarding, but I think this was the first to not just describe the physical side of it, but also, talk a bit about the mental side of hoarding. I like that therapeutic approaches were discussed, as well as, the different types of hoarders that exist. The author also clearly depicted how the hoarder, as well as their loved ones, were affected by this disorder. My heart ached for Darcy as she battled with her love for her mother and her hatred of the hoarding. Needless to say, this was a rather complicated mother-daughter relationship, which I believe was done quite well. Overall: This was a lovely and touching story, which incorporated romance, friendship, forgiveness, mental health, and books in a captivating way. A stellar debut, which has me looking forward to more from this author. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  27. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Tuazon

    My first official read of 2020 was The Library of Lost Things by @laurataylornamey and it was absolutely beautiful! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Laura’s writing is elegant and poetic. It has numerous references to other pieces of literature; which I’m sure all fellow bookworms would appreciate! I am totally planning to read Peter Pan because of this. It includes a blooming romance, true friendship, a complex mother/daughter relationship, as well as mental illness. On top of all of that, our main character is a teen My first official read of 2020 was The Library of Lost Things by @laurataylornamey and it was absolutely beautiful! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Laura’s writing is elegant and poetic. It has numerous references to other pieces of literature; which I’m sure all fellow bookworms would appreciate! I am totally planning to read Peter Pan because of this. It includes a blooming romance, true friendship, a complex mother/daughter relationship, as well as mental illness. On top of all of that, our main character is a teenager whose “teenage angst” is accurately depicted. Meet Darcy - high schooler, book enthusiast, and literary genius. To escape her overwhelming reality; her mother’s compulsive hoarding and it’s consequences, Darcy develops a technique where she will hide in her books and use the character’s experiences to help her get through her own. However, when Asher walks into her bookstore, she soon realizes that she needs to step out from behind the covers and be real. I may have appreciated Darcy’s experiences more than the next reader because of the similarity to my own. I also grew up with a single mother who had the assistance of my grandparents in raising me. I also have the absent father figure and can empathize with all of the hurts that come with that. My heart swelled for Darcy and I am so glad she chose to write her own happy ending. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to all of you and I can truly see myself picking it up again in the future. *thanks to @inkyardpress and @goodreads for the giveaway copy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gabri

    DNF around 10%. I was ready to love this book, because 1. Books about books! and 2. It sounded like a cute YA with some depth because of addressing mental health/complicated family dynamics. Unfortunately, from the very beginning, it was a struggle to get through because I just didn't feel sympathy for any of the characters, especially for the MC Darcy. Her love for books was obsessive with high levels of special snowflake-ism. Instead of co-celebrating the existence of books, I felt like I was b DNF around 10%. I was ready to love this book, because 1. Books about books! and 2. It sounded like a cute YA with some depth because of addressing mental health/complicated family dynamics. Unfortunately, from the very beginning, it was a struggle to get through because I just didn't feel sympathy for any of the characters, especially for the MC Darcy. Her love for books was obsessive with high levels of special snowflake-ism. Instead of co-celebrating the existence of books, I felt like I was being "outdone" by this fictional character who showed that you don't truly love books unless you use fictional characters as a guidance on how to behave and choose books over anything in your life. Besides that, the writing just didn't captivate me. I felt like the author still needs some experience on how to write in an appealing matter. This, combined with some reviews that told me I really wouldn't miss out on the rest, made me decide to not waste my time on it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    dani

    this was extraordinary. being able to read another person's bookish life was incredible. darcy (p&p reference i-) developed as a character throughout the whole book. having a strained relationship with her mother, something new for me; and then, expanding her horizons, learning to voice her opinions, to speak aloud to her mother and explain what she felt; was hypnotizing and badass. not only this, asher was the perfect romantic interest for her. someone who valued what she said and thought, that h this was extraordinary. being able to read another person's bookish life was incredible. darcy (p&p reference i-) developed as a character throughout the whole book. having a strained relationship with her mother, something new for me; and then, expanding her horizons, learning to voice her opinions, to speak aloud to her mother and explain what she felt; was hypnotizing and badass. not only this, asher was the perfect romantic interest for her. someone who valued what she said and thought, that hyped her up, that wanted to know everything about her; as i was reading their scenes i was over the moon. furthermore, her best friend marisol was a key into the story, it would not be the same without her; she completed the book and shaped it even more. i truly adored this, it was cute, breathtaking as well as educating; without doubt 4.5/5!

  30. 5 out of 5

    BookGypsy

    Darcy named after Mr Darcy works at a book store and lives her life through books. She blocks everything out, including her compulsive mother. When Asher walks into the book store and steals her heart Darcy doesn't know what to do. Romance and love only existed through her books. I really loved this being a book loving introvert myself. This was a heart felt, emotional and complex story about a book worm, mother daughter relationships, love and hope. There is so much in this story. I really reco Darcy named after Mr Darcy works at a book store and lives her life through books. She blocks everything out, including her compulsive mother. When Asher walks into the book store and steals her heart Darcy doesn't know what to do. Romance and love only existed through her books. I really loved this being a book loving introvert myself. This was a heart felt, emotional and complex story about a book worm, mother daughter relationships, love and hope. There is so much in this story. I really recommend it. Dawnny- BookGypsy Novels N Latte Hudson Valley NY

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