Review: ‘The Midnight Library’ Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library.

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.

Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?

Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if, say, you’d turned down your current job and pursued another career instead? The truth of the matter is that every decision we make, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, changes the course of our lives in one way or another. If we take the theory of the multiverse to be true then every decision we make spawns an alternate life for us and this is the premise of The Midnight Library. The Midnight Library is a library housing an infinite amount of books, each one containing a life that protagonist Nora Seed could have lived had she made different decisions throughout her current life. She’s a person riddled with regret when she first steps foot into the Midnight Library and she truly believes that had she taken a different path, her life would be infinitely better.

The circumstances that lead to Nora finding herself in the Midnight Library are achingly sad, but the lessons she learns whilst there are ones that every reader should take note of – No matter how shitty you feel your life is, it has infinite potential and it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. No matter how insignificant you think your existence, that existence makes a difference because even the smallest, seemingly most trivial actions have an impact on the world around you.

Sure, The Midnight Library is heart-breaking in places, but it’s also inspiring and uplifting. It’s certainly not the usual type of book that I go for, but I’m glad that I read it.

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