Teens Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Written by Matt Haig The Midnight Library asks the question, what would you do if you could undo your regrets? After living a life of unfulfilled dreams, Nora Seed finds herself in a rather curious situation. She awakes after a suicide attempt in a never-ending library. There, Nora is greeted by the school librarian who used to play chess with her as a child, Mrs. Elm. Nora learns that she is in The Midnight Library, a place between life and death, where all her lives are held. Each book is one of the infinite lives that Nora could have lived if she had made a different choice. All she has to do is choose the life she wants to live. A life where she didn’t call off her wedding, where she became a climatologist or an Olympic swimmer. Maybe even the life where she never left her band, The Labyrinths, and became a rock star. Nora can live any of these lives through The Midnight Library, but as soon as she begins to feel unhappy, she pulled back. Back to pick a different regret to undo, a new life to live. Matt Haig takes you on an adventure with Nora Seed in this tale about coming to terms with the choices you have made and how it’s easy to romanticize a life you never lived. It is funny, introspective, and sad, but it is also hopeful. I would highly recommend The Midnight Library to anyone who likes heartfelt stories with a touch of fantasy.

By D. Lappala

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  1. I typically read YA and fantasy but love his work. Exactly no one expects it to be a great work of literary fiction, but instead one that resonates with people☺️

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