They call it fiction, and it is… But this book couldn’t be more ‘real’. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that so accurately explained why I love to read so much. There are times where the quotes from the book were something I had said, or felt, or thought at least once if not a million times throughout my reading career. I laughed with the characters and felt joy, and wonderment for them. I also cried, despite my best efforts not to. I felt what they felt and these are feelings I know readers across the globe feel every day, beginners and veteran bookworms alike.
In this incredibly profound story you follow the lives of a young girl Aleisha and an elderly man Mukesh on their separate but intertwined journey through a seemingly random list of books left behind in a library where Aleisha works. No one knows who made the list or why but it inadvertently sets a series of events in motion that can and will change the lives of everyone it reaches. This is a wonderful story about the immense power books have, how they can bring people together, educate us and keep us company when life seems to get too crazy. The summary on the cover states “A love letter to some of our most cherished novels…”, an exceptionally accurate description indeed. If this is Sara Nisha Adams debut novel, I cannot wait to see what else she has for us.
I can confidently say this one was a 5 star for me. There wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy about it (except for that one part, while vital to the story, it did not bring me joy). The similarities to the novels and the people’s lives and how they intertwined were so relatable. The pain and the heartbreak as well as the joy, the happiness, the life lessons and realization of what a story can do for you. I will read this one again and again.