Hello everyone! It’s my first blog post on Algarete Latinx, I am so excited! I have wanted to do a joint blog for sometime now and I am glad to have a partner as amazing as Natalia. Together, we are two of the cohosts of the Con Sabor Reading Challenge alongside Noxreads and Metamorphodani.
Through the challenge, I have been able to find so many books by Latinx authors. I have expanded my TBR and been able to find new books that I can totally relate to. One of the books that I have enjoyed so far was Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey.
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.
Synopsis: 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.
I wanted to list a few of my favorite aspects of the book. First, Marisol, I would love to have a book from her point of view, she’s such an amazing friend, I would love to have one like her. Also, Asher, I just met my new book boyfriend, he’s so good to Darcy, very sweet and thoughtful. My favorite scenes were also involving Asher and Darcy, I really enjoyed the way they fell for each other, it was so cute and romantic. I also loved that Darcy is a reader, she’s so passionate about it and remembers quotes from her favorite books, I wish I could!
Darcy’s mother is a hoarder, she has been for years, it has bothered Darcy but she has lived through it for the sake for her mom. However, as the story progresses she realizes that she does it as well. She also learns how her father is through her grandmother and learns more about her parent’s relationship.
One particular scene that stood out to me was when Darcy attends the party and becomes the center of attention in a way she doesn’t want. One of her classmates, Bryn, decided to have Darcy at the center of the party to show her “most special talents” meaning Darcy would get asked random words and she’d have to tell the definition of it.
“Darcy’s a bona fide human dictionary.” “No one could know why I’d waved an invisibility wand over my own body, my own heart. For years, I’d hidden my mess carefully from everyone but Marisol, keeping quiet, sticking to the shadows. I rooted for love stories. I filled empty, invisible arms with storybook kisses and the happily-ever-afters authors gave to other heroines.”-Darcy
I related so much to how she felt and this quote in particular as I prefer to be behind the scenes and behind the shadows than being the center of attention in any situation. Also, just like Darcy, I root for love stories but I haven’t had one of my own like that.
“I’m Darcy, and I’m a hoarder of words. Words in dictionaries and in stories and books. I’m going to read them – forever- but I’m not going to hoard them anymore. I’m not going to hide in them anymore.” I want to live out my own story. The autobiography of Darcy Jane Wells. A real story.-Darcy
The way Darcy just wants to start a story of her own is exactly how I’ve felt for a long time. I can totally relate to the way she feels through the story, how she grows. “I’ve been living out not only high school with my nose in a book, but my whole life. While Marisol and other girls were dating and going to dances, I was reading about them.” “I don’t want to do that anymore. I’m here for real life. But even the first day I met you, I was speaking from a story.”
More than anything, I enjoyed this book because it’s Darcy’s journey to finding herself and her identity, something I have experienced as well. I definitely recommend this book, I give it 5 stars as I loved the story, the characters, I could connect to them.
I hope you all enjoyed my review and check out this book if you haven’t, until next time.