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*Tau* 17 december 2023
This debut being published in 2014 and having more than 250.000 ratings on Goodreads, I'm rather late to the party.
However, in 2022 it was adapted to the screen and the book was available with a new cover based on the motion picture.

A book about a book shop and its owner.
That can't go wrong, can it?

Well, the opinions of my friends were quite varied and this seems to be a typical 'love it or hate it' kind of book.
Based on my 4* you immediately see on which side I belong.

Some of the more negative reviews mention the overuse of clich├ęs and sentimentalism.
None of these bothered me. On the contrary, I thought the story had some original takes on several aspects, which gave it more depth than several other books I've read in the genre.
Does that mean that everything was entirely realistic? No, but I did enjoy it nevertheless.

The structure of this book was also to my taste.
Every chapter is introduced by a reference to another book or short story, most of which can be read online.
It isn't necessary to read them beforehand, but it adds a nice touch to the whole.

As this introduction to author Gabrielle Zevin suited me really well, her book Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow already figures on my physical book shelf.
Looking forward to read more from this author!

*Thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin Books for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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