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The Library of Lost Things

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,119 ratings  ·  698 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Harlequin Teen
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Claire P There is one big relationship between Asher and Darcey but it doesn't really go beyond kissing. Their feelings for each other though a quite intense a…moreThere is one big relationship between Asher and Darcey but it doesn't really go beyond kissing. Their feelings for each other though a quite intense and deep which in my opinion is better than kissing. Hopefully I answered your question!(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
I have decided to no longer be excited about things.

I'm manually opting out.

It only makes the intense disappointment and pain of disliking a book more intense when I was excited for that book. I could have gotten away with a "meh" if I hadn't anticipated this one so much.

Instead, I saw the cover and heard the words bookworm protagonist and was a lost cause.

Because I just...didn't like this.

Our main character ranges somewhere between boring and unlikable. Her romance feels like nothing. Her best
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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Larry H
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Vicky Again
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a sweet romance, and a lot of really strong family feels in this story!
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Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like about this book is Darcy. She reminds me of me. Like her, I found books are my solace and confort. I can relate to books than human being. I spend my time reading. Or listening to audiobook.

What I wish from Library of Lost Things is the flow of the story. The wording and writing style does not really suit my appetite. Dragging, a lot of self conversation.

Combine it all, I give this book 3 stars.

3 stars
Jaye Berry
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ya, contemporary, ebooks
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
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be exactly the gentle, charming read I needed during this difficult coronavirus time - a contemporary YA gem of a book for book lovers (and I adore how this author started her creatively named chapters with quotes from classic literature from Shakespeare to Louisa May Alcott). Teen-aged Darcy spends her life lost in books and words, shutting out the reality of living with a mother with a serious hoarding problem (their apartment is a jumble of "goat tunnels" through piles and ...more
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

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
Zitong Ren

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
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
3.5 stars

(Disclaimer: My ratings have become more discerning over the years, so know that a 3.5 now is NOT the same as a 3.5 from 2018. Now, it means what it is supposed to mean: a little better than average).

Let me start off by saying that the writing was damn near perfect in this book. I think I can maybe summarize my feelings in one sentence: It was a good BOOK, I just didn't love the STORY. I didn't feel it. I liked the characters, but I didn't love them. I liked the details, but I am not s
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars rounded up
A heartfelt YA romance with some serious issues surrounding hoarding and all of the implications of that. It wasn't an easy book for me to read because I have such a difficult time with parents who can't see past their own issues in order to raise their children. I get that hoarding is a mental illness, but I just truly felt for Darcy and the burden put on her for her entire life. If her mother was together enough to go to her job each day, she was together enough to address
I finished this a week ago and forgot to review it XD

The book is super adorbs with a great friendship at it's center. I know this is a romance book, but it felt (and I'm glad it did) more like a friendship story and I loved every second of it. Darcy and Marisol understood each other and were there for each other even if they were angry or disappointed. They always helped one another, especially in difficult situations. But it was the little things that got to me, how they didn't just care when s
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
Nadhira Satria
I got the arc!!! Reading this right NOW
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc, contemporary, romance
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
Inkyard Press
Young Adult Family, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Social Themes
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2020
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
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary, own

“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 :)
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been wanting to read more books by Latinx authors and I’m not disappointed with my journey so far! Darcy’s story is both heartfelt and swoon-worthy (the love part of it).

One of the best parts of this book, however, is her friendship with her best friend. It’s so pure and honest. With all the things that Darcy had to deal with, I was grateful that she had such a solid friendship.

If you read this one, know that yes there’s a sweet romance, but there’s also complex familial relationships, an
Ambriehl Khalil
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, young-adult
⭐️ [4.25/5 Stars] ⭐️

As far as YA goes, this was really enjoyable. I loved the writing style and the struggles our heroine went through. It didn’t feel too immature apart from the whole first kiss ordeal but it also didn’t feel like this character was eighteen. I enjoyed the Peter Pan references but I feel like that’s also why it didn’t feel as mature as it should have been. I like a good slowburn but this was almost unbearable, I felt like I was waiting and waiting and when it came down to it, I
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc
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), but overall this book gave me all the f
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabrc
The Library of Lost Things was just okay. I didn't get invested in the story or characters and found myself bored at times. I'm glad it was a shorter read, as that helped me keep reading. There was also a bit of language I didn't like.
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i should stop being excited about books about books bc :)))))
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Laura is a Cuban-American Californian who can be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets, and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two superstar children.

This former teacher writes young adult novels about quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. Her debut, THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS published 10/08/19 from Inkyard

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