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The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

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304 pages

Average rating: 7.39

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StephanieJ
Jul 19, 2024
7/10 stars
I thought this was a fun little jaunt through la la land. I really enjoyed this book simply because I loved the concept and was not disappointed in its delivery. The idea of parallel universes has always intrigued me, and who doesn't love libraries? And librarians? It's actually not all la la land, because whose life is? Aside from its dark moments, I found it to be equally full of thought provoking moments.

Overall, I think I loved this book. It was easy to read, the story was easy to follow, a great little story, I thought. There are some heavy issues confronted in this book, so I wouldn't completely label it light reading. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Shahna
Jul 18, 2024
4/10 stars
I can see what he was going for. And I can see why certain people like it.
But this feels like a slap in the face to people who actually struggle with depression.
You can't just tell yourself to "be happy" and then your suicidal thoughts disappear.

I'm happy that Matt Haig hasn't had to struggle with his mental health. I hope he's having a nice day.
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Vincent from Seinfeld
Jul 16, 2024
8/10 stars
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The story uses fiction to reflect on his own life experiences. The message about where our life goes really comes down to either something is planned as destiny or just random circumstance. Either way, who we are and how we respond matter most.
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Anonymous
Jul 05, 2024
6/10 stars
Seems to be a bit of a takeoff of It's a Wonderful Life and other similar stories where you get a glimpse of what life would've been like if you'd made different choices along the way
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MaMere
Jun 24, 2024
8/10 stars
Good read and though provoking.
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