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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,396 ratings  ·  579 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, 339 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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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
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
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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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Larry H
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Vicky Again
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
such a sweet romance, and a lot of really strong family feels in this story!
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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Laurie
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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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
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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
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Jaye Berry
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, ebooks, 2019, ya
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
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Heidi
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Melissa
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Jacqueline Firkins
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nadhira Satria
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I got the arc!!! Reading this right NOW
 Amelia
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
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Karen
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary, romance, ya
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
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Young Adult Family, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Social Themes
Jooke
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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
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Jessy♡
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, ya-contemporary
“yo”/

“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 :)
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Mom_Loves_Reading
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Marie
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings:(view spoiler)
Diversity: mexican-cuban side character.

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.
Read my full review of The Library of Lost Things on the blog.

Thank you to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC of this book. This di
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Lisa
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2019
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
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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
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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
REVIEW TO COME BECAUSE I NEED TO PROCESS WHAT THIS BOOK DID TO ME
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
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Robin Bonne
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This was cute, but sometimes the main character was cringey.
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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-
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Crystal Tuazon
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
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
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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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