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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 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 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. 4 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

    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 the main 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

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    books about books... IT'S BOOKCEPTION

  5. 5 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:

  6. 4 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 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!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nadhira Satria

    I got the arc!!! Reading this right NOW

  8. 4 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 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

  9. 4 out of 5

    Inkyard Press

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

  10. 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 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.

  11. 5 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 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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'

  14. 4 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 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.

  15. 5 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 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

  16. 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 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

  17. 5 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, 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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)

    Those last few chapters had me swallowing my tears. This is a wonderful book. It has a romance yes, but it's much bigger than that. I loved all the characters and how family relationships are portrayed. I felt really connected to Darcy. The audiobook was great, though there were some parts in Spanish that didn't sound well. Regardless, really engaging.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Darcy Wells is a young girl who has a big secret at home. Her life ultimately revolves around this secret and the only people who know about it besides her mother and her best friend and grandparents. Darcy has been graced with a photographic memory which allows her to read most any book from memory. Her life very much revolves around books and words. Enter Asher, a guy who graduated from her school last year, that suffered an awful injury. Asher has some secrets of his own but starts to spend a Darcy Wells is a young girl who has a big secret at home. Her life ultimately revolves around this secret and the only people who know about it besides her mother and her best friend and grandparents. Darcy has been graced with a photographic memory which allows her to read most any book from memory. Her life very much revolves around books and words. Enter Asher, a guy who graduated from her school last year, that suffered an awful injury. Asher has some secrets of his own but starts to spend a little time with Darcy each day at her job. The book was a little slow to start for me but I really enjoyed it once it picked up. It was a cute YA read that I don’t necessarily want to call coming of age but it was definitely eye opening for Darcy in many ways.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free eARC in exchange for an honest review Attention all bookworms! To anyone looking for a book about another bookish person, I have found the one. I knew from the synopsis that Darcy loves reading, but reading this book, I realized that she really loves reading and it made me just love her and this book so much! In fact, her bookishness kind of reminded me of Cath from Fangirl, but mostly it just reminded me of myself. Darcy would fit Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free eARC in exchange for an honest review Attention all bookworms! To anyone looking for a book about another bookish person, I have found the one. I knew from the synopsis that Darcy loves reading, but reading this book, I realized that she really loves reading and it made me just love her and this book so much! In fact, her bookishness kind of reminded me of Cath from Fangirl, but mostly it just reminded me of myself. Darcy would fit right in as a book blogger or someone in the bookish community! She always carries around books in her purse (which her friend has to confiscate), she’s memorized entire picture books and can easily quote Shakespeare, she gives perfect book recommendations working in her bookstore, and she wants to pursue an English degree in college, maybe in work in publishing. There were so many bookish quirks that had me smiling so much. Any book lover can find something to love in this book too: Darcy loves everyone, from Shakespeare and Jane Austin to Stephanie Garber and John Green. Darcy is also a more sheltered/a late bloomer like myself and I think many bookworms, which made her so relatable. In her senior year of high school, she has never been kissed or had a boyfriend, instead talking about her romances with her many book boyfriends, which was honestly such a mood. There are so few books I’ve found with late bloomers that I really appreciated this one. I think it can also be enjoyed by all ages: it reads a bit like younger YA with themes of first kisses rather than sex and drugs, but it also has more mature older YA themes of getting into college, becoming an adult, and moving away from friends and family. This was really the perfect book for me to read right now! The entire book was also very light and fun and fluffy. It would be a perfect summer read (which is when I read it), or just a great book for whenever you’re in the mood for something quick to fly through in one sitting. The interactions Darcy had with her friends, especially her best friend Marisol and her huge family (and jumping on the trampoline in wedding dresses) and their dialogue really made me smile. There were fun teen high school moments like the school play and parties that were fun to read about. And the interactions between a divorced couple who share the same building for a book store and a wig shop were hilarious! There were also some heavier themes that really made this a strong book. Although naive in the romance department, Darcy has really had to grow up quickly to take care of her family, pay the bills, and go grocery shopping as her mom is a compulsive hoarder. Darcy’s love interest, Asher, also has to deal with the aftermath of a terrible car crash and post concussive syndrome that has rendered him unable to do the one thing he loves most in the world: flying. So this is a story of both of them shouldering responsibilities and burdens and growing from them.Speaking of that, I really enjoyed the family themes in this book. Darcy has a unique relationship with her mom, in part due to the fact that her dad left before she was even born, and through the book she struggles with staying with her mom and not moving on and away, as well as wondering how exactly to connect with a father she’s never known. I also loved seeing Marisol’s big latino family, with a mama making delicious food and four siblings running around. I unfortunately wasn’t totally on board with the romance. For one thing, Asher is a year older than Darcy and everyone else, having graduated high school last year, and I found it a bit odd that a graduate would be hanging around his old high school and younger peers so much. That was a small annoyance though; what really annoyed me was that for most of the book, while Darcy is crushing on Asher and they’re spending a ton of time together, Asher has a girlfriend. There’s no actual cheating, although there is a point where they almost fake kiss and after that Darcy can’t stop thinking about it, thinking about his lips, his body on hers, etc, all while he has a boyfriend. I just can’t stand books with cheating, so this was a bit grey and annoying for me. Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for all bookworms out there!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Camiccia

    This book was amazing!! Ioved Darcy and could completely relate to how she buries herself in books. The love story is slow and deliberate and very worth the wait. And the very real problem Darcy’s mother has of hoarding is addressed in a knowledgeable and sympathetic way. I loved this and can’t wait for the authors next book!! This book was amazing!! Ioved Darcy and could completely relate to how she buries herself in books. The love story is slow and deliberate and very worth the wait. And the very real problem Darcy’s mother has of hoarding is addressed in a knowledgeable and sympathetic way. I loved this and can’t wait for the authors next book!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    While this book is my very favorite type, i.e. a book that is about, refers to, and utilizes other books, this one is special because it allows those books to be the catalyst to the resolution to the story. It is a great coming of age story, surrounded by several good books, and quotes from each. It is about a teenage girl with very special abilities when it comes to books. She lives with her hoarder mother, and has to find solutions to some intense problems. She does this with the help of a While this book is my very favorite type, i.e. a book that is about, refers to, and utilizes other books, this one is special because it allows those books to be the catalyst to the resolution to the story. It is a great coming of age story, surrounded by several good books, and quotes from each. It is about a teenage girl with very special abilities when it comes to books. She lives with her hoarder mother, and has to find solutions to some intense problems. She does this with the help of a fantastic, life-long friend, and a new friend she has just met. The story is moving, riveting, and on some level, relates to each of us, though we may not fight these particular demons. It is a beautifully woven story, and I am looking forward to purchasing a printed copy when it is released!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla Tewksbury

    This was such a light and easy contemporary! I truly adored every single second of it. The Library of Lost Things focuses on Darcy, a bibliophile who prefers to stay hidden on the sidelines instead of being in the spotlight. Darcy is hiding a secret, however: her mom is a compulsive shopper and has an addiction to hoarding her purchases. Darcy finds her safe haven in her bedroom, the one place where her mom's hoarding hasn't touched and she can find solace in her books. However, along comes This was such a light and easy contemporary! I truly adored every single second of it. The Library of Lost Things focuses on Darcy, a bibliophile who prefers to stay hidden on the sidelines instead of being in the spotlight. Darcy is hiding a secret, however: her mom is a compulsive shopper and has an addiction to hoarding her purchases. Darcy finds her safe haven in her bedroom, the one place where her mom's hoarding hasn't touched and she can find solace in her books. However, along comes Asher, a boy who makes her realize she may have had enough of being invisible. This is the PERFECT contemporary read, and I highly recommend it. I saw a lot of myself in Darcy, and I feel as though other readers will too. Thank you to Harlequin Teen, Inkyard Press, and Netgalley for the free ARC!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS is one of the best books to be released in the contemporary young adult genre this year! Full of meaningful moments of friendship, self discovery, family, and mental health, it runs the gamut of emotions. Add to all that lovable characters, sweet romance, and references to books woven through the pages, and it's a booklover's dream. Highly recommended! I never know what exactly I'll get when I pick up a new contemporary YA release, so I seem to begin with some THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS is one of the best books to be released in the contemporary young adult genre this year! Full of meaningful moments of friendship, self discovery, family, and mental health, it runs the gamut of emotions. Add to all that lovable characters, sweet romance, and references to books woven through the pages, and it's a booklover's dream. Highly recommended! I never know what exactly I'll get when I pick up a new contemporary YA release, so I seem to begin with some trepidation. That quickly melted away as I read this book. Darcy is one of those characters with a great voice and is easy to relate to as well. Who of us booklovers haven't lived inside our books at least a little? And who of us find ourselves in situations where we don't know exactly what to do or who to be regardless if we're booklovers or not? All of us have faced insecurities, fear, inviting someone inside our lives, and figuring out who we are. I feel like that is the center of this story. There's so much more than that going on, but this is the real question, and one Darcy must answer herself. And what an answer it is as she works through it and is challenged by those around her to find out what it is. Beyond all that, Darcy is dealing with quite a few things. She's still in high school and has to deal with mean girls and trying to stay invisible. Her home life is less than desireable, with a mother who is a hoarder, and it tries to bleed into other areas of her life. Then there's the new guy who she tries to keep in a box, but seems to not want to stay there. There's financial strain, an estranged father, and a grandmother with her own agenda. Through it all are words and parts Darcy plays from beloved books, while also working in a quirky bookstore and living her life. I loved these characters so much! Darcy is really a gem, and Marisol... she is the best, best-friend. I even learned to love Darcy's mom who is stuck in a cage of her own making, but still desperately loves her daughter. I have to mention Darcy's boss and his ex Tess, who totally made me laugh, but was full of wisdom. And Marisol's family! Loved them!! There's Jase and there's Asher. Oh, my gosh, Asher! He's like a booklover's dream boyfriend. These words literally melted me: "You," he said, "are so pretty. But when we're at Yellow Feather, and I'm staring at you from across the room, and you're bent over some novel, you're beautiful. . . . I watched you almost every day." He smiled. "Watched you tuck hair behind your ear and fall in love with words." And while we're sharing parts I loved, here are a few others: "I thought giving up was the answer, but it's not. It's being honest about what and who we are." — Darcy "Even the best guys aren't storybook princes. They're messed up and flawed. . . . You both kinda fumbled. But that's how real love stories go." "No knights storming castles, no damsels in distress." "Right, and that's super boring anyway," she said. "Real hearts love for real. But they also hurt each other for real, sometimes." — Marisol & Darcy "That's where I was wrong before. We can't get stuck on one goal and a plan it to the letter. Life isn't to-the-letter predictable. It's messy, like us, and it changes. So our dreams can change too." — Asher I also really liked that this story wasn't all about romance. It was about a girl facing her mother's issues as well as her own and finding out who she wanted to be. It's about friendship and letting others inside your heart. And it's about the pain and joy of life. In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story so much! Memorable characters and moments, the best of friendships, plus a very swoon-worthy romance. This one has all the feels and is definitely one to add to your list. Content: Some drinking, a handful of swear words (including a few s-words). Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the Fantastic Flying Book Club, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)

    "Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There's the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more." Darcy lives for books. She's the definition of a booknerd. A quality that Darcy has is she memorizes stories from beginning to end--she can quote almost any book. To Darcy, her books are her comfort zone and the escape she needs from real life. Unfortunately, real life is becoming too real. "Holding a real book is like holding something alive. There's the grit of the pages between your fingers as you turn them. The edges get soft and worn. With a real book, you feel the weight of the story more." Darcy lives for books. She's the definition of a booknerd. A quality that Darcy has is she memorizes stories from beginning to end--she can quote almost any book. To Darcy, her books are her comfort zone and the escape she needs from real life. Unfortunately, real life is becoming too real. Her living and financial situations are both threatened and she's basically the one that has to carry the heavy burden. I felt so much for this beautiful character. Darcy is dealing with so much and she's still going forward, one step at a time. Thankfully, she has the support of her best friend, Marisol, and her bff's family. I have to point out that I felt like I was one of Marisol's family members because how the author described this family is exactly how Puerto Rican families are. We are loud, we are always eating, we are a whole bunch of people. But when you're introduced to the family, you're one of us for life. The author was able to portray this so well and so vividly. I give her all the kudos! Then we have Asher, a beautifully broken guy who's trying to move forward from the accident that cost him his dream of becoming a pilot. When he came into Darcy's life, he was still dealing with the emotional pain, but he was still able to be there for Darcy, show her there's more to life, give her a different perspective from the angle she was looking at situations, teach her about the magic that is speed reading, and ultimately, give her all of his support through everything she was dealing with. I totally enjoyed Asher and Darcy together. They were made for each other! And I just loved how sweet the slow-burn was, seeing them become friends and ever so slowly seeing them grow closer to one another until a romance starts blooming. One of the aspects of the story that touched my heart was the mental illness Darcy's mother was dealing with. I have never read a book on hoarding before and never really understood much of it until now. I believe the author did a wonderful job in enlightening the reader on this particular Mental Health. It broke my heart to read about someone going through something like this, especially Darcy. She wasn't the one hoarding, but this still affected her life in so many ways. What broke my heart even more was when her mom confessed why she began hoarding in the first place. Ugh, my heart broke in pieces. I just wanted to hug both of them. Overall, The Library of Lost Things is truly beautiful and insightful. I have nothing bad to say about it. The rating I'm giving the book is more a, "It's not you, it's me." I still very highly recommend this because I know it will resonate with so many readers! -- Follow Me: Blog ❃ Instagram ❃ Twitter ❃ Bloglovin ❃ Facebook ❃ Goodreads ❃ Pinterest

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Oh wow, this book hit me hard. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve started my Master’s Program and reading hasn’t come easily lately. It’s been a struggle to do the very thing that defines who I am. So it’s no surprise at all to me that I instantly fell in love with Darcy. She’s a girl who is built of stories. Words are her fuel, and she builds herself a life within the pages of books. I’m Darcy. Darcy is me. This book and I already were meant to be before I even picked it up. Can I please Oh wow, this book hit me hard. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve started my Master’s Program and reading hasn’t come easily lately. It’s been a struggle to do the very thing that defines who I am. So it’s no surprise at all to me that I instantly fell in love with Darcy. She’s a girl who is built of stories. Words are her fuel, and she builds herself a life within the pages of books. I’m Darcy. Darcy is me. This book and I already were meant to be before I even picked it up. Can I please thank Laura Taylor Namey for really nailing down what it’s like to live inside your own head? Darcy’s growth from page one, right on to the end, felt realistic to me. Battling her mother’s hoarding, trying to stay afloat in a world that wanted to knock her down, and just trying to be a person who had a place in the world, all of that was pure Darcy. I was so glad to see that there was no sugar coating around her world. Darcy’s brain was a a place that I could take shelter in, because it made sense. Namey hit the introvert gene, the anxiety driven thoughts, the books used as walls, all right on the head. If you’ve ever felt the least bit like Darcy, you’ll know as soon as you start reading this story. Oh, and the other characters were so well fleshed out as well! Not one person in this book is overlooked. Marisol’s family was vibrant, and full of wild love. Asher was sweet, but not overly perfect. Even Jase, Bryn, and Landon, who didn’t get as much page time, were all just perfect puzzle pieces in the overall story. I felt like I was living this right alongside Darcy. I felt like I was part of their small world of plays, bonfires, and magical memories. This is the first time in a while that I’ve really felt nostalgic for high school, and it was a feeling that I’ll cherish. I could gush on and on, if you’d let me. I could share with you the page of quotes that I jotted down while reading this, smiling the entire time. I’ll let you experience it for yourself though, because this book is well worth your time. Pick up The Library of Lost Things. Get lost in the pages. Grow with Darcy. You won’t regret a minute of it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute story, good for book lovers. I had a little trouble getting into it at first, mainly because Darcy, our main character, can be quite dramatic inside her head (admittedly she does have quite a lot to contend with in her life), and there was one sided insta love for apparently no reason. However, the sometimes lyrical writing and a few of the other characters (her best friend, and the love interest) I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute story, good for book lovers. I had a little trouble getting into it at first, mainly because Darcy, our main character, can be quite dramatic inside her head (admittedly she does have quite a lot to contend with in her life), and there was one sided insta love for apparently no reason. However, the sometimes lyrical writing and a few of the other characters (her best friend, and the love interest) kept me going, and I left the book glad I'd finished. I loved that Peter Pan played a huge part in the plot (one of my absolute favourite books), and that there was a quirky bookshop with an even quirkier owner. This was a fun read with some darker undertones. Be ready for some Shakespeare, lots of literary content, some hoarding, and a great friendship.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bookworman

    3.5 stars for a very good YA story. Many thanks to Dee Dee G for putting this on her “Want to Read” list. . I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likeable, the friendships and sweet romance were satisfying, and the author handled a very tough subject sensitively. I look forward to this author’s next book. 3.5 stars for a very good YA story. Many thanks to Dee Dee G for putting this on her “Want to Read” list. 😊💕. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were likeable, the friendships and sweet romance were satisfying, and the author handled a very tough subject sensitively. I look forward to this author’s next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    (view spoiler)[I love the play on Pride and Prejudice and the quotes from Peter Pan, but I had come to the conclusion pretty early in the book that Darcy was just as much a hoarder as her mother. The only real difference was that Darcy hoarded books. I will say that I never saw the mother as the annotator of Darcy's Peter Pan. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Well that was cute.

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