The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Genre: Realistic Fiction and # of Pages: 288

Nora has grown so unhappy with her life that she has decided that if she ended it no one would miss her. One night she decides to take a lot of pills to end it all and instead of dying she goes to the Midnight Library, which is a place in between life and death. The Midnight Library has infinite books that all depict her life had she made different decisions. She is able to go into each life to see which one would have made her the happiest. In one life, she goes through with her engagement and finds herself married and owning a bar in a small town. In another life she is an Olympic swimmer who now gives motivational speeches. There are many choices she has made throughout her life, some big and some small, so there are many possible outcomes she can now experience to see which one leads her to the most fulfillment. In each life once she feels a sense of disappointment she leaves that life and returns to the Midnight Library. Can she find a life where she is happy before it’s too late? Will she ever find what she’s looking for?

Anyone can relate to Nora in this story as she struggles to find out where she belongs and what she should do with her life. Everyone has decisions in which they ask “what if” and in this book Nora is able to truly see what her life would be like if she had made different choices. The changes in each life chosen are often staggering and affect everyone else around her as well. Sometimes even if her life appears to be better she finds herself wishing for more. This story gives readers a lot to think about regarding how best to make the most of the life we are given and not focus on what we wish were different.

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