Friday, August 30, 2019
A Kind of Paradise, by Amy Rebecca Tan
But to her surprise, Jamie quickly discovers that the library is full of lots of fun people (both staff and patrons) and that the work is actually pretty interesting as well. Moreover, the people have lessons to impart, helping Jamie see where she went wrong and develop her interpersonal skills along the way. In return, Jamie helps an effort to save the library from closure.
Half a love letter to public libraries and the other half a personal development story, there's lots going on here. Given the target audience, very little of it is subtle. The ending is all a bit too rosy for me as just about everything works out. I didn't find the dialogue very realistic, but the characters are quirky, charming, and memorable.