Rating: 3.5 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (The illustrations were interesting. This particular scene on the cover was one of my favorites.)
Publication Date: September 10, 2010
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Page Count: 40 p.
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While walking one night Alexandra comes upon a bookmobile. In it are shelves and shelves of books. While browsing, she realizes that she has read every single item on the shelves. She asks if she can check something out, but the librarian refuses her. She looks and looks for this magic night bookmobile which causes her relationship to fail. She stumbles upon it only when she's not searching for it. She breaks engagements when she does come across it and delves into the reading material. All she wants is to stay there forever, but the price might be too high.
This was a great concept, I would love a library of everything ever I had read. It's always amazing to go into a used bookstore or a library and stumble across something that you remember reading ages ago. One thing odd about this book though is the format. For the longest time before I actually received this I thought this was a picture book. It's the right shape and size for a picture book. After reading it though, I can not recommend this as a read for children, as it is clearly not. The publisher categorizes it as a graphic novel, and based on subject matter I agree. One thing I did not care for, was the ending.
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I didn't love how this story sort of glorifies suicide. If you kill yourself you get to go to the magic library in the sky. Why couldn't she have just died of old age?I guess it is fitting for Alexandra though, since she seems to be completely terrible at having any sort of relationship. An interesting read for book lovers to check out.
"The first time I saw the bookmobile, I was walking down Ravenswood Avenue at four o'clock in the morning."
"I stood in front of my bookshelves and there were all my books, haphazardly crowded together as always, needing dusting, as always."