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The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig

kwhit28's review against another edition

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slow-paced

2.0

blastimus's review against another edition

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5.0

"The Midnight Library" puts the spotlight on Nora Seed, an unaccomplished philosophy major that suffers from depression, stuck in her hometown of Bedford, working a dead-end job in a music shop and tutoring a boy on the side on playing piano. Sounds like a pretty bad life, doesn't it? To top all of this off, her cat Volts (short for Voltaire) dies in the same day that she gets fired from her prospect-less job and now she feels as close to the edge as she ever got. The straws that broke the camels back comes in the form of three events: a meeting with an old friend and ex-bandmate Ravi, her neighbor Mr. Banerjee informing Nora that she no longer needs to help him pick up his medicine, and her sole piano pupil quitting. In a fit of despair after all of this transpires, Nora takes a drastic decision: suicide.
This is the introduction we get to a seemingly completely failed life, a harrowing spiral of dread and pain, never-ending. Her overdose brings about something that's not death though, it puts her in a limbo already named in the title of the novel. The library presents Nora the possibility to explore any of her alternative lives, where she made different choices and met different outcomes, giving her a chance to find a life worth living.
I'll stop right here with the summary of the plot as spoilers really take away from a work so well written.
A novel concept explored almost to it's limits, "The Midnight Library" is an amazingly written deep-dive into the woes of mental illness, dysfunctional family dynamics, fear of commitment and risk and showcases the evolution of Nora Seed from a person fully resigned with her life, accepting misfortune with no fight and living only in what-ifs, to a relentless fighter for a second chance at life. My first encounter with the idea of parallel lives in a book was in [b:The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano|54719851|The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano|Donna Freitas|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1623263051l/54719851._SY75_.jpg|70858212] and the novelty factor still comes through with this novel, every life feels real, possible and has something that every other lacks, bringing a new perspective to the table each time.
Overall I don't have anything bad to say about the book, it's a clean 5/5 stars for me, it was a smooth read with a gripping plot and all-around great, emotion-filled writing. It really deserves all of the praise and the awards it got and giving it a chance is not likely to disappoint.

esther_me's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

leesennuie's review

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reflective

4.75

itsmesof's review

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adventurous informative inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

lea1988's review

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challenging emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions. It is not lighthearted, it's very heavy. If you feel stuck, alone, lost, and/or depressed, you need to read this book. The first part of the book may be difficult to read, but if you can get through it, you will be grateful.

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cheezysmth's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

kikicito's review

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hopeful lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

deeksha77's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

thisbookrox's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced

4.0


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