Monday, June 20, 2011

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

The Borrower: A Novel

After the long week of scoring AP essays, I can usually barely get my eyes to focus on the page, let alone read for pleasure, but I had started Rebecca Makkai's The Borrower while my students were testing on the last day of finals and I couldn't wait to get back to it. It is a literary kidnapping novel. Lucy Hull, a 26 year old librarian takes Ian Drake, 10 year old, book-craving library patron on a spontaneous road trip when he runs away from home and she finds him hiding in the library. The writing is clever, the references to beloved children's literature are plentiful, the story is sweet and it can't be the best book I read this summer already - but I have a feeling it might be.

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