“She sometimes thinks the world divides into two types of people, those who think books are for reading when there’s nothing else to do, and those who avoid other things to do in order to read books – and unsurprisingly she’s in the latter camp, but really is it so awful?”
I just love any book set in a library or bookstore, so I was excited at the premise of this book. Sadly, it was not to my taste. The book is billed as a “big-hearted screwball comedy,” and I didn’t find it funny at all; in fact, I found it rather depressing. I think it just wasn’t my particular sense of humour.
I will say it is well written. The characters are masterfully crafted, full of depth and nuance. In this book, the chapters alternate between the perspectives of Sophie, the bookstore owner; Clemi, the events manager that works there; and Raymond, the poet. We get great insight into all these characters.
I did enjoy some of the quirky aspects of the book, like the drama with the vacuum cleaner and the turtle, aptly named Kurt Vonnegut Jr. As the book builds towards Raymond’s appearance at the bookstore, not a lot actually happens. Still, the event day itself is pretty great. You might like this if you love the sort of “behind the scenes,” character-driven books. I tend to prefer books with a bit more action in the plot, but I believe there is a book for every taste, and I’m sure there are readers that will love this. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for this book when I read it.
Thanks, Harper Muse for HarperCollins for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.