Book review: The Library by Bella Osborne

Review in 10-ish words: Wholesome, easy read. Would recommend.


Maggie and Tom make an odd pair in Compton Mallow- Tom is about to sit his GCSE’s and Maggie is in her seventies and lives alone.

The local library brings them together, sparking their unlikely friendship and also reminding each of them that some things are worth fighting for.

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this book- but the idea of a friendship between a 16 year old boy and a lady in her seventies was enough to pull me in!

This book was so sweet! It left me with a smile and I really enjoyed the story and how it developed. The author is able to paint such a beautiful image in terms of the village but also Maggie’s home. It would make a great movie, in my opinion.

I did at times find Tom’s dialogue/narration a little cringey (such as the use of the word ‘defo’). I don’t know if I am just outdated but I can’t remember speaking like that to my self as a teenager. I loved how witty Maggie was, and it was also refreshing to have an older character be a main feature of the story rather than a side arc.

I also loved hearing Tom speak about books I enjoyed and continue to enjoy as someone in their twenties. What a cool teenager!

It would actually be a great read for early to late YA readers, but a book I also enjoyed as an adult.

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