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.
Content warnings: hoarding, abandonment
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Praise for THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS
Winner: 2020 CLCSC Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature
“A sweet romance from a debut author to watch…Taylor Namey’s portrayal of mental illness is thoughtful and well executed, and the characterizations of even background characters are fully developed.”–Kirkus Reviews
“The Library of Lost Things is a compelling family drama with a literary through line that will delight bibliophiles—a classic lit quote begins every chapter, and Darcy works in a bookstore. Though the romance is appropriately sweet, it’s Darcy’s family dynamics—the war waging within her between love and resentment, the desperation to cling to loyalty while running toward independence—that sets the book apart. Book lovers will find Namey’s story especially compelling because, in Darcy, they’ll find a kindred spirit.” –Booklist
“This book is, first and foremost, a gentle love letter to books and book lovers. Through her story, Darcy articulates the importance and transcendence of words with which many readers will identify… For fans of Katie Cotugno, John Green, and Melina Marchetta, this will be a reader favorite.” –School Library Journal
“In this complex romance, debut author Namey paints a painfully realistic portrait of a teen playing an adult role in a dysfunctional family. Darcy’s emergence from her protective shell of fictional characters and worlds creates an emotional journey. Featuring a strong supporting cast, including Darcy’s boss, and the owner of a wig shop––this compassionate, insightful will be relevant to anyone who has felt burdened by a secret.” –Publishers Weekly
- Kirkus 30 Most Anticipated YA Books for Fall
- Booklist Notable Fall 2019 Titles
- The Children’s Book Council October Reading List selected title
“A poignant tale about a young woman with a book-shaped heart who finds the courage to write her own story.”
––Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of The Speed of Falling Objects and When Elephants Fly
“Watch out or you’ll lose your heart in this library! Laugh and cry and look up words of the day with your new favorite heroine, Darcy, as she finds first love. This story will give you ‘all the feels!'”
––Kelly DeVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane and Day Zero
Articles and Interviews:
Q&A: Laura Taylor Namey, Author of ‘The Library of Lost Things’
Paste Magazine: The Best Young Adult Novels of October
THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS PAPERBACK
The paperback version of The Library of Lost Things publishes in August of 2020!
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