Sunday 6 February 2022

Book Review | The Midnight Library by Matt Haig | prettylittlewriter

‘The only way to learn is to live’.

‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’

This book is incredible. Thought-provoking, raw, and magical.

Nora is a very depressed character who sees nothing in her life worth living for, and decides to end it all. But when she enters the Midnight Library, she is given the opportunity to explores lives that could have happened if she’d made a different choice.

The idea that you could go back and make a change to something that you regret is very appealing, but as shown throughout the novel, it is not always the best thing to wish to go back and change that regret, as your life could still end up in a place that you do not like.

There are many things in my life that I have always thought I wish I could go back and change, but after reading this, it’s changed my perspective completely. Regrets can be hard to manage, but there truly is no point to them, as they only make you feel terrible. Look to the future, and learn from your mistakes by living your life to the fullest.

Matt has a great writing style, which was comfortable to read and very clever. You can tell he has done a lot of research/knows a lot about philosophy with the knowledge within the book, but a lot of it did go over my head as I have no clue about Philosophy (even though I studied it at college for a year...whoops).

This novel will definitely sit with me for some time, and I will be recommending it to everyone.

5/5 stars

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