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The Library of Lost Things

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  7,177 ratings  ·  1,193 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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Icy Davis Hi! To be clear, I am NOT an expert on this topic, but there are typically 5 stages to hoarding disorder. Darcy's mom would likely be considered to be…moreHi! To be clear, I am NOT an expert on this topic, but there are typically 5 stages to hoarding disorder. Darcy's mom would likely be considered to be around stage 3. However, for Darcy, I don't agree that books are considered 'hoarding', and Darcy's book collection isn't enough to be considered a hoarding disorder...more like having clutter or a vast amount of something (in this case: books). :)(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
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
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
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
*sighs* This... was a book that I read...

I wanted to enjoy this book, but the clunky dialogue that felt incredibly unnatural and always related to literature somehow- to really push the fact that our MC was a reader - got on my nerves. Books centered around a character who loves reading always seem to try a little too hard to sell the fact that their protagonist loves literature, forcing every conversation they have to have some book reference or another, or they simply have overly fluffy dialog
Jaye Berry
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 2019, contemporary, ebook
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
L. | That_Bookdragon
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-received
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
such a sweet romance, and a lot of really strong family feels in this story!
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Jun 30, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
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Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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.

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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.

A young adult novel about a girl that loves books… that sounds right up my alley. And it was! I love books that give me the feels and this one had just enough feels to make me happy. Darcy and Asher’s friends to lovers story kept a big smile on my face. I especially loved the growth of Darcy’s character and the confrontation with her family
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
Майя Ставитская
A girl named Darcy, in my understanding, is more suitable for a man, lives in a small California town, graduates from school, works part-time in a bookstore, is friends with a classmate, has the imprudence to be in love with a guy who was a local star, until he crashed in an accident last year and now he has, in addition to the collapsed brilliant life prospects, the knee joint is made of composite materials, but it's still the best (you know).

Darcy loves to read more than anything in the world
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

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
Rida Quraishi
Nov 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
*1.5 stars

This was such a boring book. I couldn't bring myself to care for anyone 🙄 I wanted to dnf it so many times but each time I thought, maybe now it'll get better, maybe now it'll get better... Spoiler alert - it doesn't get better 😒😒
lauren ❀
I've realised that while I love reading I do not enjoy reading about people who also love reading. Also, most of the time he had a girlfriend and that ruined it for me. ...more
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
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
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
Patty (IheartYA311)
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An unputdownable YA contemporary story with endearing, consistent and relatable characters. This book was well written and evenly paced. So many great quotes in here. It felt like a 4 star for most of the book but the surprise conclusion bumped it up to a 5. Sometimes the lengthy inner monolgue This will be one of my favorite books of 2021.

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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
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Mar 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Now, I really wanted to love this book. I REALLY DID but I DNFed it on page 82 (chapter 8). The concept sounded so promising but between the terrible writing and clear instalove I couldn't put myself through this.

When I saw this book I knew that I had to get my hands on it. From this line, in the synopsis "literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books" to this one "walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart" I just had to
Nadhira Satria
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I got the arc!!! Reading this right NOW
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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Young Adult Family, Young Adult Romance, Young Adult Social Themes
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
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.
Joke Duprez
3.5 ⭐

To be honest, I expected this book to be a cute, fluffy YA romance that I would be reading in 2 sittings. (Especially based on the somewhat misleading cover)

What I got was a book about family, friendship and finding yourself that was way deeper and more complicated than I expected. The romance was only a very small part of this book and the first real 'romantic' thing for me only happened after like 60% of the book. I have to admit I was sad about that, BUT: even though I had different expe
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Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, The Library of Lost Things, and When We Were Them. A proud Cuban-American, she can be found hunting for vintage treasures and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.

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