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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is about Nora Seed, who finds out that between life and death, there is a library with infinite books, each one representing a different life she could have lived, different choices she could have made. As Nora travels between realities trying to undo her mistakes, she is faced with the question of what success really means. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting this book to have a lot more magical realism and fantasy elements, but that wasn’t the case, so at first, I felt slightly underwhelmed. Additionally, while Nora was a relatable character, I didn’t feel a connection to her, which also took away from my enjoyment of the story. However, as the book went on, I found myself invested in Nora’s journey through various lives. As each reality fell short of her expectations of happiness, the theme of the book slowly developed, which made for a very satisfying conclusion. The message of this book was really inspiring, and it would definitely benefit anyone who is feeling regretful or unsuccessful in life. Overall, the narrative structure reminded me of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab, and the themes reminded me of the Pixar movie Soul, so if you enjoyed those, you should definitely read this book! I would give it an 8.7/10!