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The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
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Jul 23, 2011

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bookshelves: contemporary-fiction

A decent read, but not exactly what I expected after reading the summary. As a children's librarian, I appreciated the oblique references to adult and children's literature and some of Lucy's comments and experiences connected with her profession.
I understood Lucy's need to save Ian from his parents, but the journey itself was rather disappointing to me. I could not immerse myself in the story enough for me to get past the need to shake some reason into Lucy. I really did like the ending- most children's librarians would- but it wasn't quite enough to get me past my irritation with Lucy and her immature, thoughtless behavior. In the end, I felt that her actions had little to do with helping Ian, and more with indulging herself and her need to rebel, to escape her current life.

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