A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan.Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.
Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.
The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?
A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading.
Let me just start out by saying this is not my typical read that i blog about, if you been to my blog for a while now you know that i am a Young Adult Fantasy loving reader. Give dwarves, faeries, princess in distress any day. Now that being said i am drawn to books that have to do with libraries, bookstores, and a bit of chick lit thrown in. I loved the blossom street series from Debbie McComber and the between the lines story was great.
The bookstore is just that it a chick lit story it all about the things that most women movies are made of women mets guy, gets knocked up, and oh no how does she survive with her college plans and being on her own. Their a bit more to it then that and that why i kept reading. She ends up in this great used bookstore called The Owl and connects with this quirky set of characters and they do not mesh well with the father of her soon to be child but yeah know he a douche anyway.
I love how it set in New York and i can see New York through esme, ( i never had the pleasure of going there), i can see all the characters that she interacts with at The owl and i totally felt her struggles and wanted to be one of the people she interacted with.
A great story, i recommend if you want to shake up your reading norm a bit and hope you give it a shot.