Book Review: The Midnight Library

Nora’s life is at a dead end. Her surly demeanor at a low-paying retail gig is about to cost her her job, her brother isn’t speaking to her, and she’s broken off her engagement. Even her elderly neighbor has decided he no longer needs her help. She’s decided life isn’t worth living so she decides to end it. However, when she wakes up after attempting to take her own life, she’s in some sort of in-between. It’s a massive library with an infinite number of books, each representing a life she could live if she changed one minute decision. Her beloved childhood librarian is there as her guide and instructs her to test out different lives, seeing if there’s one she wants to keep. We see Nora on a glacier, as a stay at home mom, as a celebrity…but where does Nora see herself?

This very quick read had just enough glumness to make you realize it has a lot of heart. I really enjoyed how inventive some of Nora’s lives were. Each time she opens a book, we go on a little adventure. In the end, though, I found it to be a bit predictable. I wasn’t surprised at all by the ending but still found it satisfying.

4 out of 5 stars.

Pair with: Fruity mule cocktail with crushed ice