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  • Title: The Borrower
  • Author: Rebecca Makkai
  • ISBN: 9781101516089
  • Page: 483
  • Format: ebook
  • In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road Lucy Hull, a young children s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten year old Ian Drake, runs away from home The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy s help to smugglIn this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road Lucy Hull, a young children s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten year old Ian Drake, runs away from home The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan Desperate to save him from Pastor Bob and the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path But is it just Ian who is running away Who is the man who seems to be on their tail And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents
    The Borrower In this delightful funny and moving first novel a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road Lucy Hull a young children s librarian in Hannibal Missouri finds herself both

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    1. Well I ll be honest I joined just so I could review this book It is one of those ones that makes you want to grab strangers on the street and force them to read it while you watch their face to see their reaction But about that in a minuteI do read reviews on from time to time, usually after I finish a book oddly , and two things were bothering me about the responses to this book, and I felt compelled to respond to them It seems I had to join to do that First, it s odd to see so much moral judg [...]

    2. Let me say it straight out this book isn t going to be everyone s cup of tea Those who cherry pick the Bible who ignore the parts that say you can t ever eat pork or shellfish, and women should cover their heads, and you can t plant two crops in the same field , yet laser in on two little verses that may or may not imply that God doesn t like gays will likely be offended.Certainly, the existence of those who believe not in absolute rights but in their particular absolute right offends the protag [...]

    3. Oh, where to start I just couldn t buy into the premise no matter how much I really tried When you have a book that essentially a two hander, you need to like both characters Lucy just irritated me too much for that to happen Which is too bad because the book parodies and games are charming.Lucy is the head children s librarian at a small public library in Missouri, reporting to an alcoholic director, living over a small theatre, and no real direction in life One of the children that comes into [...]

    4. What a delightful book It concerns a sort of listless librarian and her friendship and sudden adventure with a 10 year old boy, who might be gay, to the horror of his very Christian parents There are references to all kinds of children s books which all readers who were bookworms as children will have fun recognizing and remembering What I loved most about this book is the manner in which it pays homage to those formative reading experiences, and acknowledges that for many of us, books contain t [...]

    5. Reading The Borrower is like having a long sit down with an old friend, full of asides and references you re supposed to know It s great I could pick this book apart, if I wanted to Lucy is not a believable character She s super smart, but has no career plans, gorgeous, but doesn t date or have friends, falls into a job that requires an advanced degree she doesn t have, and allows herself to be led into a criminal act by a ten year old boy.BUTIt is a fantastically enjoyable read Makkai gives a g [...]

    6. Here s the first thing that people should understand about The Borrower it s not realistic Here s the second that doesn t matter Allow yourself to go with it for a moment before condemning Lucy for driving away from Hannibal, Missouri with Ian Drake, or doubting that she would do it in the first place I just don t feel that author Rebecca Makkai was expecting us to believe that any 26 year old librarian would go on a week long secret road trip with a 10 year old child, even one whose parents wer [...]

    7. This started out wonderfully I was immediately drawn the liberal librarian and the winsome boy whom she sneaks books to, books his parents obect to, but which are children s classics The librarian s rationale is that the boy wants to read those books and she is not a censor The ethical and moral issues here are never worked out Do parents have the right to judge what books are suitable for their children Do parents have the right to decide what religious beliefs their children should hold Appare [...]

    8. Debut novelist and elementary schoolteacher Rebecca Makkai combines a wily, madcap road trip with socially poignant conundrums and multiple themes in this coming of age story about a twenty six year old children s librarian, Lucy Hull, and a ten year old precocious book lover, Ian Drake, in fictional Hanibal, Missouri Guess who is coming of age Answer not so evident Lucy isn t entirely sure that she s a reliable narrator part of our reading pleasure is to figure that out She tells us in the enig [...]

    9. This author can NOT be a parent, first of all To create this kind of storylineHowever her character can t recall her name now obtained this 10 year old boy purposefully or not just the fact that she didn t call his parents from moment ONE makes me feel like jail is a proper sentence for her As a mom, I would have had an AGONIZING week wondering what kind of perv or loon had my kid along with all kinds of horrendous images Unforgivable Then was suggested in the beginning that the parents were in [...]

    10. This book will have its detractors, and I imagine that most of them will have missed the sort of tongue in cheek, this didn t really happen aspect of the book Once the narrator tells you that you re supposed to call the town Hannibal, Missouri but that it s not really Hannibal, Missouri, and then confesses twenty pages in that she s already lied to you, I think all protestations of a story being unrealistic are null and void Lucy is an unreliable narrator my favorite kind and she takes you along [...]

    11. Oh how I wanted to love this book It has so many things that I adore libraries, quirkiness, a book reference on almost every page, a journey, a possibly gay 10 year old boy, various unrequited lovesThe book turned out to be grounded in farce than in reality, which would have been ok except that the protagonist was so dull you couldn t really root for her, and in a farce, you need to have some attachment to the main character in order to swallow all the unrealistic situations and coincidences Al [...]

    12. But books, on the other hand I do still believe that books can save you d because I knew the people books had saved They were college professors and actors and scientists and poets They got to college and sat on dorm floors drinking coffee, amazed they d finally found their soul mates They always dressed a little out of season Their names were enshrined on the pink cards in the pockets of all the forgotten hardbacks in every library basement in America If the librarians were lazy enough or nosta [...]

    13. I finished this book almost two weeks ago, but I ve struggled in how to write this review This book was a personal treasure to me, and writing my thoughts on it feel almost too intimate, too vulnerable, to bare to the world And that s strange to me, because this is not high literature, no one will be studying this in a classroom, and it likely will never be a bestseller, but it spoke to me, or maybe echoed to me, all the things I try to say about what drives me and what I want to do with my life [...]

    14. I wanted to read this book because the blurb said it was about a children s librarian Well, that wasn t exactly true The protagonist is a twenty something college grad who happens to work in the children s section of a small town library, but she has not actually had any professional training no masters degree, in other words.I couldn t see that she had had any prior experience of any kind with children, so one wonders how she landed this job There must have been a dearth of applicants and the p [...]

    15. Where to begin I loved it Makkai I would, no doubt, have been kindred spirits in grade school, reading at recess, going to the library after school, hiding by the night light after hours Every single time I believed The Borrower could not be reflective of my childhood reads, another of my favorite titles was mentioned On page 275, when William DuBois s The 21 Balloons was finally mentioned, I am almost embarrassed to admit how estatic I was Almost There are only two titles to which I hold Makka [...]

    16. Forget that that the book is decidedly liberal Forget that it s anti George Dubya Bush Forget that it s pretty much anti evangelical A librarian should not be so obsessed with a 10 year old boy and her infatuation with the boy starts the book out on the creepy foot Everyone has decided from the get go that poor 10 year old Ian Drake is bound to become some kind of homosexual including his parents So Ian goes to anti gay classes and Russian American librarian Lucy Hull Hulkinov wants to SAVE Ian [...]

    17. In general I really enjoyed Rebecca Makkai s style of writing She did not follow the main stream, continuous, and often stuffy structure Instead, she opted for a stream of consciousness set up that established a direct connection with me Breaking away from the narrative to inject humor and wit by adding lists and diagrams absolutely cracked me up I very much look forward to reading her upcoming work as I honestly felt connected and engaged to her as an author Subject matter It was refreshing t [...]

    18. A librarian and a boy on the run When I read the reviews on this book, they all seemed to imply a lighthearted caper, which confused me as it also seemed to be about a librarian who kidnaps a child Now having finished it, I didn t find the book to be very light hearted and it s not about a kidnapping You can quibble about whether or not the story is realistic, but the deeper truth is one that anyone who works with children I teach second grade can identify with.There are children that you wish t [...]

    19. Now and again, in between all the new books I read, I try to pick something older off my long suffering to read pile I was quite surprised when I glanced over the blurb for The Borrower and found it described as delightful, funny and moving Somehow, in the five years it s been hovering around the fringes of my reading plan, I d formed an impression of it as a dark story with transgressive elements And the opening chapters only added to that the first line is I might be the villain of this story [...]

    20. We need books with children s librarians as the main character What a great concept And the ending was perfect I loved that I was reading this during a long car ride with lots of hotel stops from Indiana to South Dakota , because the librarian is on a long car ride too, without knowing her destination or when the trip will be over The other main character in the story, 10 year old Ian, is great too I can picture him perfectly smart as a whip and funny and charming in many ways, but extremely an [...]

    21. I found it really hard to connect to the characters in this book Which was very disappointing When I initially read the description for the book I was very moved by the idea of having a heartwarming story about a person trying to protect a young gay boy from his religious family and finding herself inadvertently kidnapping him However, all the characters in the book were really 2 dimensional and quite frankly annoying and I found it impossible to to side with any of them Ian, the little boy, was [...]

    22. This was such an enjoyable read Likely the reason I found it so entertaining was due to the fact that I made several personal connections with the book I taught for many years at the grade school level, and now I m working in a public library The connections that Makkai makes to children s literature are hilarious setting her own verse to Good Night Moon, and The House that Jack Built, to name just two as well as her knowledge of the maturity of a 10 year old boy, demonstrates how knowledgable s [...]

    23. Lucy Hull is a children s librarian, or less by accident She is the daughter of a Russian immigrant whom she suspects is a member of the Russian mafia in Chicago The family has always had plenty of money, but her dad is kind of vague about where it comes from As Lucy recalls how she got the job, she remembers that she was soon to graduate magna cum laude, but had given no thought to what she would do afterwards Perplexed, the Career Counselor gives her a printout of the English Department alumn [...]

    24. As a youth serving librarian myself, the first part of this story, following Lucy s life as a Children s Librarian ring alternately uncomfortably true and annoyingly, inaccurately stereotypical However, it was refreshing to see someone document the often overlooked relationship between librarians and the youth for whom they re often the most reliable and caring adult Whether working in an urban setting, or a small town like Lucy, all of us have had an Ian Drake, the 10year old protagonist in thi [...]

    25. Lucy is a children s librarian in a small town in Missouri She grows attached to a 10 year old patron named Ian, who is addicted to reading but has to sneak books past his evangelical parents She learns that his parents have enrolled him in weekly anti gay classes to combat his emerging flamboyance, so besides just helping him smuggle books past his parents, she is determined to communicate to him that some aspects of who we are aren t choices and can t be changed Her involvement with Ian escala [...]

    26. I m still trying to sort out exactly how I feel about this book, but I think I can safely say that it s amazing Lucy is a 26 year old coasting through life her job as a children s librarian is the result of an alumni connection and her only friend is another library employee who is apparently in love with her Her only goal in life is to not be like her father, a Russian immigrant with obvious underworld ties She s likable and relatable, although I wanted to shake her many times, sometimes for he [...]

    27. 3.5 stars, really I was immediately taken by Makkai s narrator a mid twenty something who works as a children s librarian at a small Midwestern library As a book geek and especially a children s book geek, I adored all of the references to famous works of children s literature that peppered the book I expected great things from the premise Lucy the librarian discovers that one of her favorite charges, Ian, has run away from home and is camping in the library Ian s parents have recently been send [...]

    28. As a librarian I find it nearly impossible to pass up on a book that is about books and the love of reading, and to find on that actually features a librarian in the lead role, well that is the perfect read for me The Borrower, Rebecca Makkai s debut novel sounds a bit outrageous, but it is actually a very heartfelt, delightful novel Lucy Hull is a young children s librarian working in a small library in Missouri Although she did not intend to become a librarian, she enjoys her work and has form [...]

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