A review by archiyanna
The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig


**I fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars, so I suppose 3.5 will do**

Rambling: ON

I wanted to love this. I really did. I was so excited for the book to arrive. I think maybe I had too high expectations for it. The Sylvia Plath quote is one of my favorites. The past few weeks, I've constantly been thinking about how I could turn back time, for more time to do things that would help me. Learn digital rendering, post processing, different softwares that would help me in the culmination of my college learning: my thesis. I thought about it, hell, I would have repeated this whole lockdown situation again just for more time. This was the perfect time to read the book. I love the premise. I love the idea. But the execution seemed a bit more self-help than what I expected. Additionally, the self help aspect was quite surface level for me. This is my first book from Matt Haig so I don't really know his works that well. Don't get me wrong, I guess it s a good book, but if it was presented more as that maybe I wouldn't have been as disappointed. I loved the science aspect of it. I wish there was more of that. Also I think that I wasn't as attached to the characters. Nora was alright. I had a hard time grasping that she was 35, maybe because it seems such a faraway age for me. The others were just background characters, I had no care for them really (except Molly, she was adorable). I don't know. I'm not in the mood to process things right now. Perhaps I'll read it another time and have a different opinion.

I guess I expected it to be more. Much more.

And here my therapist would say, its because of expectations that I am disappointed in myself. And definitely in this book.

Rambling: OFF