This was a sad and yet an enjoyable read. The beginning is quite dismal which is that base on which the book was written. We find Nora, our main character, in a depressing point in her life. Things are just going wrong. It seems that if something in her life can fall apart, then it is doing it. She has so many regrets on the way her life has went. She wonders "what if" about so many directions in her life. The depression eats her up so much that she decides she doesn't want to go on anymore. Enter, the midnight library. Here Nora finds that it is full of books. Every book is a "what if" in Nora's life. What if she decided to put all her efforts into her swimming, or her music, or her husband? Each one she gets to experience all her regrets only to find that life is full of regrets but it is what we make of them that counts.
Anyone who has had these struggles will definitely identify with Nora. It puts a perspective on life that is positive. A lot like the movie A Wonderful Life does. It was heart-warming and endearing. A book that I will have to keep in my thoughts on days I wonder "what if?"
I'm often skeptical of "hot reads" but this one lives up to the hype. It truly is a hopeful book about depression while being a thought-provoking page turner with a likable character I won't soon forget.
Umm. I thnk I was supposed to feel good after reading this, be uplifted and open to all life's possibilities and all that. Instead, it's like I had to sit through a showing of "It's a wonderful life" interrupted by hundreds of Hallmark commercials. Self-help and motivational books are not my thing, and this one is stuffed full of little motivational paragraphs and life lessons, augh. I was interested in the premise - there's been quite a few good books along this theme - but this one is awfully sappy. And it's so predictable. I did like Haig's writing style, anyway. Biggest gripe: Nora is supposed to know if the alternate life is one she wants, but the library drops her into it at her same age and she has no clue who people are or what she's done. And people notice she's suddenly an amnesiac. How could she be comfortable? Second biggest: Isn't depression usually diagnosed now as a physical thing? You don't just get told "Brace up, girl, life isn't so bad" and you're able to go "Oh yeah, how could I be depressed". Third: this seems like a underhanded permission to commit suicide, because you could decide in your overdosed coma state that you really want to live after all. I know a lot of people will like this book, but although I finished it, I couldn't like it in the end.
'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?' I love books about libraries. This library that Nora visits has only books about her life. She gets another chance to decide if she wants to stay on earth or die. This is a very interesting book and gives the reader a lot to think about. I enjoyed it very much and loved Nora's final decision. If you like books that point out the meaning of life and the different choices about life that we have, then you will enjoy this one.