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REVIEW: The Book of Lost Things - The Book Club Formerly Known as CHA

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I just finished The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. In the book, a boy named David living in WWII London mourns the loss of his mother, with whom he was very close. His father remarries and has another child, and David feels like an outsider and resents his father's new wife and son. All throughout this, David has been having paranormal experiences such as books speaking to him and strange creatures appearing in his room. David hears the voice of his mother calling him from the woods behind his house and he follows it into a fantasy world from which he cannot return.

The rest of the book takes place in that fantasy world. David meets people who aim to help him return to his world and people who try to hurt him. He encounters people and situations he recognizes from fairy tales and books. On his way to see the king who, he is told, has a book that can help him return home, he has many adventures and learns a lot and matures into a young man along the way.

The book was interesting, but I just don't think it was a very well-crafted story. Some things were over-explained, other things weren't explained very well at all. The author leaves a lot of loose ends, the plot was predictable, and the writing style was inconsistent. I liked the concept, and that's what kept me reading, but overall the book is forgettable.

My opinion of it doesn't seem to be very popular though; I read several raves of it on GoodReads. I think the cover is very pretty.

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