Book Review: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Jordan Lamb, Student Writer

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig follows Nora Seed in a balance between life and death. In this purgatory of sorts is an infinite library, lined with green books of varying shades. Each has the same title: My Life. Yet, each book is different; Every item on the shelves is an alternate pathway of Nora’s life, and she’s able to explore these different lives and fix all of her regrets.

In this library, it’s always midnight, and the only time the clock changes is when the person in it changes their mind about their original life. These people, known as Shifters, have a special opportunity to redo their lives a seemingly endless amount of times, so long as the time never changes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its perspective on life as a whole. As Nora fixes her regrets, she realizes that not everything is exactly how it seems. No life is ever going to be perfect, no matter how many times you hit replay, so it fosters a new appreciation for what you already have. And that’s, really, the message in The Midnight Library; Live your life, don’t dwell on regrets, and appreciate everything you have. You can never be anyone else, so be fully yourself. Overall, this book reignited an appreciation for life and new experiences. I’d recommend this book to anyone, in all walks of life, for its evaluation of life. Perspective changes everything.