Review: The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
Published: August 20th 2013
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A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.
Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.
Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.
The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?
A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading
It is a sad day when you are only on page two of a new book and you realize that this is not the book for you. I hate it when that happens and unfortunately it that is exactly what happened with this book.
I didn’t enjoy the style it was written. I have been sitting here pondering on how to explain it and I am at a loss for words. It was just strange in a way that made it difficult to finish. There was way to much details given and the way it was delivered ended up making me not care about any of the characters especially Esme.
The characters, well, I just did not like any of them. Most of them were just way to quirky for my taste. Mitchell is just s jerk with no redeeming qualities in him what so ever. I have no clue what Esme’s problem is, she is just not a character I could connect with on any level.
The only thing I liked about this book is the cover. I do think it is quite lovely. Unfortunately this is one of the few books that I just cannot recommend to anyone.
(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)