Year 6, Book 90

90. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
This is the story of Lucy,a children’s librarian from Hannibal, Missouri who befriends a quirky young boy named Ian whose overly religious mother tries to limit what he can read. Lucy helps Ian read forbidden books, and worries when she thinks his mother might be sending him to anti-gay classes. Ian eventually runs away from home and Lucy and he wind up on an unlikely cross-country adventure that makes it look as if she has kidnapped him. I really like the characters in this book, but I did have a hard time swallowing how Lucy “accidentally” takes off with Ian instead of just taking him home. If you can get past that though it’s kind of a fun, sweet story. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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