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Publisher's Note:

The New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year "A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits."—The Washington Post The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book. Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better? In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself…

The Midnight Library

by Matt Haig

Overall Book Review:

For a book whose major plot catalyst is suicide, this was a remarkably and expectedly positive reading experience. This book orbits around the question of what would one’s life look like if they made different choices–even insignificant ones, and it begs the reader to consider what is a life worth living and how is that defined. With short chapters and a modest page count, this is a quick, but satisfying read. It would also make for a good book club read with plenty of discussion material. It is also a book with universal appeal across demographics. The Midnight Library is a New York Times Bestseller.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 5 religious exclamations; 8 mild obscenities; 5 derogatory names; 15 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 25 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore: There are cigarette burns on a dog that is now in a shelter; report of death by overdose; character sees self-inflicted wounds on her arms; report(s) of previous deaths of parents due to illness; report of death in car accident; character overdoses to commit suicide; death of a pet; reports of deaths of individuals.

Sex/Nudity: Character notes that a chihuahua is trying to have sex with her leg; references to third date sex; report of an affair; characters have sex, stated not described; joke about no unsolicited nude pics; character states that ducks have a penis shaped like a corkscrew; reference to boss touching leg and texting nude pics (unwanted advance); man and woman kiss; man kisses his husband on the check; man finds another man cute; wife and husband have sex (stated); mention that a man’s boyfriend was unfaithful; reference to man and his husband.

Mature Subject Matter:

Suicide; death of a parent; family estrangement; death by drug overdose; death of a friend; death of a pet.

Alcohols/Drug Use:

Character says that he has been drinking too much; 17-year-old goes to a party and has weed and beer; characters smoke; characters drink alcohol; characters run a tavern; reference to alcoholism; character drinks a bottle of gin every day; innuendo about a character being on drugs; report of a death by drug overdose; prescription drugs; pot.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
10
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
5
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
5
10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!