Oh boy, where do I even begin?
‘Everything I Never Told You’ and ‘The Midnight Library‘ were absolute
roller coasters of emotions, and I figured that they needed some reviews because they (mainly) have the same theme. Although the plots are completely different, I paired them in one article.
The theme of these books is depression and suicide. One of them shows the changes a family goes through after a teenager’s sudden death, while the other one portrays the life of an adult who struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. I wrote book reviews on books with themes like friendship, loss, nihilism, and existentialism, and I needed some reviews on the theme of depression as well.
1. Everything I Never Told You
Set in 1977 in a small town in Northwest Ohio, ‘Everything I Never Told You’ follows the story of the Lee family, who goes through a series of very unfortunate events after Lydia, the middle child, is found dead in the local lake. Every member tries to understand what happened to Lydia, while her death is classified as a suicide by the local police.
Everybody is an emotional wreck in desperate need of answers, but nobody seems to be asking the right questions. Nathan, the older brother, is convinced the neighbor Jack, who has a bad boy reputation, was involved in Lydia’s death; James, the father, is consumed by guilt; and only Hannah, the youngest child, seems to be getting closer to the horrible truth that Lydia, whose life was totally controlled by her excessively passionate mother Marilyn, who failed to become a doctor and who basically forced Lydia to become one, chose to end her life.
There are throwbacks from when Marilyn and James were younger that give you a lot of backstories that help you figure out why they act the way they do throughout the book.
I personally think the writing is beautiful and the story is finely detailed, from characters to events, everything. I regret it didn’t catch me the way I wish it had had. I loved the story and everything, but it took me a lot of time to actually finish it because I had some tough months when I couldn’t concentrate on nearly anything.
This book is excellent, and very selfishly, it made me glad my parents don’t pressure me to become something they wanted to be but failed. This book has really good reviews, and I highly recommend reading it if you want to stare at your ceiling at 2 am questioning everything; 4 stars.
“She had been afraid so long, she had forgotten what it was like not to be…”
“What made something precious? Losing it and finding it.”
2. The Midnight Library
Like I said before, this book portrays the life of an adult who struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. One day, after some disastrous events, Nora Seed decides there is nothing to live for, and she commits suicide. But, unfortunately for her, she wakes up in The Midnight Library, where she is given the opportunity to correct her regrets and live multiple versions of her life and find the one she wants to keep living.
The writing is splendid, and there is an abundance of lessons to learn from this book. I relate a lot to Nora, and this book made me think that maybe life is worth giving a try. If you are struggling to find reasons to live, this book is for you. It can change your life. It honestly deserves all the good reviews it has.
This is my favourite book so far and, because I struggled to read this book at night in the dim light of my battery-powered lamp, I now need glasses and possibly months of therapy because of its storyline; 5 stars.
“Dream big . . . You can be anything you want to be. Because in one life, you are.”
“I am saying that the thing that looks the most ordinary might end up being the thing that leads you to victory. You have to keep going.”