By Katrina Bivald
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I think this book was longer than it needed to be. It had some great lines, quirky characters, and a decent ending.
Sophie was standing in the doorway, looking hesitantly at Sara. She had found Sara with her nose literally in a book. She looked up and slowly lowered it to the counter. She was busy unpacking a box of new books that had just arrived and had obviously been putting them to her nose, breathing them in.
She paused at Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Clearly small-town life, but also with such loathsome endings that she wondered whether it was morally defensible to sell them. Eventually, she put them out anyway but used one of the pieces of cardboard to cut out a smaller sign that she stuck up next to them. WARNING: UNHAPPY ENDING! she wrote.
If more bookshop owners had taken the responsibility to hang warning signs, her life would have been much easier. Cigarette packets came with warnings, so why not tragic books? There was wording on bottles of beer warning against drinking and driving, but not a single word about the consequences of reading books without tissues to hand.