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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A Review

This book. This book makes me so happy. I was so excited to read this book every day. It really helped with my perspective. I am the type of person that has always needed something to look forward to, and at the moment, that is pretty impossible, I have always been waiting for some event to enjoy life, 'when I move back to Dublin I'll be happy', 'When I'm an opera singer I'll be happy', the list goes on. This book, among other things, has made me realised that actually life is for living. Whether that be eating toast with melted butter on the couch watching Friends or chilling by the pool in some exotic land, it doesn't matter, just be present. Enjoy it.


At the beginning of this novel, I was worried it was going to be triggering. The main character is suicidal and I find any books or film based around suicide very distressing. But I powered through and I beg you to do the same. After the main character, Nora attempts to end her life; she enters The Midnight Library, where a significant figure from her childhood greets her. Nora is faced with infinite lives that could have been hers if she had only made tiny little different choices. Nora gets to taste what her life could have been if only she had done things differently, and gets to ask herself one last time if she really has to die.


I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I will definitely read it again at some point and I can't wait for it to become a film.

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