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The Bookstore
The Bookstore
Author: Deborah Meyler
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ISBN-13: 9781476714240
ISBN-10: 147671424X
Publication Date: 8/20/2013
Pages: 352
Edition: Original
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: Gallery Books
Book Type: Paperback
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7 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed The Bookstore on + 1062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This started out great. Esme is an entertaining and humorous character. The first lines read: "I, Esme Garland, do not approve of mess. This is unfortunate, because ever since I woke up this morning I've had a feeling I might be in one." I was drawn in and I enjoyed the descriptions of the old, quaint bookstore (The Owl) and the characters who worked there. I also liked learning some details of New York. I think those who are interested in the city would enjoy this. However, as the book went on, it fails to give us much information on these characters and their lives. It dwells too much on Esme and the man she supposedly loves, Mitchell, who is a very unlikable character. Esme is only 23 and maybe she doesn't know any better, but it ends without much fanfare. I'm thinking there may be a second book? I would like to know more of the characters who worked in the bookstore, especially Luke. I would probably read a second book just for that reason. I was let down with it just ending as it did, though.
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Helpful Score: 1
The book started off slow then it pulled me in. I had a hard time putting the book down, but the ending failed. I was let down. There were a great number of characters in the book that could have been further developed. I felt the characters were sorted into boxes and I had hoped there would be a conclusion that would show more dimension of the characters.
mazeydazey avatar reviewed The Bookstore on + 140 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I think this is a book you will really like or you won't and there isn't much in between. I really liked it because I love NYC, and The Owl bookshop is almost a character in itself as is NYC. I could see where Esme the main character could annoy some people, although I find her naiveté rather endearing but I can't stand Mitchell (I imagine folks of his standing are just like him -- pretentious and full of themselves). The ending was unsettling and left me unsatisfied. I could see where a sequel could definitely be written and I hope Ms. Meyler decides to write one. I think we readers prefer to have everything tied up nice and neatly with a little red bow even if it doesn't necessarily end the way we want, the loose ends need to be resolved. Still overall I am glad I read this book just read with caution you won't get that ahhh feeling at the end, it will be more like WTF????
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I enjoyed this book to an extent, but I felt like it was lacking in so many areas. There were so many loose ends throughout the book - the characters that centered around the bookstore just were not developed enough. I couldn't really understand why Esme could possibly love Mitchell - he was awful. The ending didn't resolve anything - maybe the author is planning a sequel. Plus, I thought there were way too many references to books and authors I have never heard of.
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This book was just ok. Not enough romance. Too many references to actual books. I suppose someone who works with books or in a library would enjoy the specific names but I did not. Seems to drag at times-hard to stay interested.
jlgemma avatar reviewed The Bookstore on
I really enjoyed this book. I wish there was a sequel to hear more about the characters lives.
cozykat avatar reviewed The Bookstore on + 28 more book reviews
A story that moves nicely along, this was an interesting story, although it went in a direction I was not expecting. The bookstore and its characters were fun to get to know, and the literary references lent credibility and interest. A good read.