Sometimes you read a book that just really touches your heart and stays in your mind for quite some time. This is one of these books for me.
What is the book about?
This is a love story.
It’s the story of Howling Books, where readers write letters to strangers, to lovers, to poets.
It’s the story of Henry Jones and Rachel Sweetie. They were best friends once, before Rachel moved to the sea.
Now, she’s back, working at the bookstore, grieving for her brother Cal and looking for the future in the books people love, and the words they leave behind.
What did I think of the book?
The book starts off with Rachel going back to Gracetown, the place she used to live. The place where Howling Books is located, the place where Henry Jones lives. As she takes a job at Howling Books, she also is confronted with Henry Jones, the boy she used to love before she moved to Sea Ridge. The boy who never answered her love. 10 months ago, Rachel’s brother Cal died. Rachel is sure that she isn’t going to tell anyone in Gracetown about his death. She doesn’t want to have to repeat those painful words again.
What have you lost, Rachel? Apart from your sense of humor?
This book handles grief so well. It perfectly describes someone’s thoughts after losing someone, someone’s actions after losing someone. It really touched my heart.
I also loved that books were mentioned in this book so much. It’s obvious, because a lot of scenes in this book are set in a bookstore, but this made me love the book even more. I love the concept of the Letter Library. In this section of the book store, people could leave letters in certain books and communicatie with someone of their choice through the pages of the book they leave their letters in. I wish it was real.
This house we’re in doesn’t stop existing just because we leave it, and the past doesn’t either.
The character growth in this book is amazing aswell. I think each character had his or her own development, which I love in a book.
I’m thinking of the transmigration of memory. Not the transmigration that happened in the Borges story, but the transmigration of memory that happens all the time – saving people the only way we can – holding the dead here with their stories, with their marks on the page, with their histories.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.