A book about a little library and a romance to boot? Yes, please. I couldn’t refuse this book based on the blurb, but as wonderful as the blurb sounded, the story itself failed to take off. It was not bad, but not good either.
The Little Library is the story of Elliot and Simon. Elliot who is a scholar and a teacher. He’s smart about everything history, books and science, but he’s not very worldly and a little socially awkward. Simon’s parent are from Iran and he’s a cop who got hurt on the job. He’s not out to his family, but him being in the closet because of his old world parents is a problem for Elliot who is still recovering from a scandal that involved a former lover at University. Though he was cleared of all wrongdoing, it still has an impact on Elliot’s career, but also his life.
In short, I found The Little Library a little on the boring side. For me Elliot, who is a bibliophile with a house full of books, should be an interesting character. He escapes the world by reading and ordering lots of books, something I can relate to. Instead, he fell short as a character. We never really get any insight into Elliot and his character felt sterile and thin.
In contrast, Simon was a lot more interesting as a cop who got hurt on the job. Only with him I felt like I was going in circles. He is deeply closet because of is conservative parents and while his problems were talked out with Elliot, I felt like it took a long time to get anywhere. There may have been growling involved on my part.
Most of the story focuses on the problems these two deal with. Simon’s fear and Elliot’s problem of pushing people away. Because of that, it felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere. In addition the narrative felt a little flat and had the feel of reciting rather than a flowing dialogue.
Overall the story was not bad, just a little boring for me. I constantly felt the need to kick the characters and waited for a little excitement, but it never came. I think that mostly The Little Library is just not my type of story, but I can see people liking it, especially fans of the author.