The Borrower

The Borrower

Large Print - 2011
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Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, camped out in the library after hours. Addicted to reading, Ian needs help smuggling books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in antigay classes with Pastor Bob. Desperate to save Ian, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked--and the odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781410440815
1410440818
Characteristics: 457 p. ; 23 cm

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Cynthia_N Dec 12, 2016

Enjoyable read with a 1/2 star bump up because the author either was or knows a children's librarian!

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 28, 2014

How can you enjoy a book about a woman who works in the children’s department of the local library when she kidnaps (borrows) a boy? Or is it he who takes her? This quirky, offbeat novel is fun to read. There are lots of references to children’s literature to enjoy along the way. You will need to let yourself go on the adventure to enjoy this story as there are lots of fantastical scenarios and characters that make the whole thing refreshingly different.

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Sansha
Jan 20, 2014

Different, not what I expected. I kept reading to the end but am still not sure what the implied message or point of view was.

JCLBrownM Apr 04, 2013

Lucy Hall is a children's librarian who is practically forced to kidnap her favorite patron, a young boy who she suspects is gay and whose parents are very conservatively religious. Fans of children's literature will have fun with many references to books such as "If you give a librarian a closet...".

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jeanie123
Jan 23, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this well-written book. The plot was a little implausible and as I was nearing the end I was thinking that the ending would have to kind of lame, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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dnl
May 28, 2012

Fun and fresh first novel. The 10 year old Ian character is utterly charming. The whole topic of "gay therapy" and "ex-gay ministries" have been getting attention in the news lately, too, and the APA recognizes them as psychologically abusive. Very book and story-centric, which suited me just fine.

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KatrinaP
Apr 14, 2012

This book was a bit of a disappointment. The premise was really promising, but the plot moved at a glacial pace and the characters weren't interesting enough in themselves to sustain my interest. I made it to the end of the book out of sheer determination, rather than enjoyment. Ostensibly a book for book lovers, there were some interesting devices used. I liked the little chapters that mirrored aspects of the plot but in the format of different popular children's books, such as Eric Carle's "the Very Hungry Caterpillar." Even the title of the book alluded to another childhood favourite "The Borrowers." The parallels drawn between the main character's father running away from Soviet Russia and her own flight from the small town she lived in broke up an otherwise very slow plot.

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cmwallsm
Apr 02, 2012

This book has a quirky if far-fetched plot. The characters are great and it definitely appeals to the book lover in me. An entertaining novel but nowhere near the top of my list. Good for whiling away the boredom.

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mogie
Jan 02, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a quick pace and kept me reading, unfortunately the book slowed down in the last few chapters. Overall very good though.

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HeidiKa
Nov 05, 2011

An unexpected pleasure to read, the story was interesting and compelling. The characters are well defined and relevant. A great book.

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