Where do I start with this book? Another red and white book I’ve read recently I wasn’t so enamoured with (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell), so I was a little leery of The Book of Lost Things, and I’m glad I was wrong.
Fantasy-type fiction and me don’t usually get along (hence the lack of enthusiasm for Jonathan Strange), so I guess it’s the fairytale element that made this novel ‘accessible’ to me; I enjoyed the twists on the stories that I don’t remember being too scary.
(I’m not actually completely done with it, I’m reading the original stories included in the back now.)
The Book of Lost Things is a story of a young boy who’s suffered a great loss and is drawn into a fantasy world, hidden within a sunken garden. It was very absorbing. I kept thinking to myself, ‘Just one more chapter,’ when one came to an end. While the plot is kind of predictable (that’s probably why it seems a little YA), it was very well put together and demonstrated the power of stories on our inner worlds.