We really don’t know what the afterlife is like. Each religion has their belief and there are
stories of people who have caught a glimpse, but we never truly know for ourselves until we
experience it. In Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library the reader is offered another possibility: what
if there is a space between life and death where you have the chance to experience a turn you
didn’t take or an opportunity you missed? Starting with a list of regrets, you get to experience
everything you didn’t in your real life.
The story follows a woman, Nora Seed, who takes her life and goes to her space between
life and death which is in the form of a library. There, Nora is able to undergo lives she could
have lived with the help of an old mentor and The Book of Regrets. This book opens up a world
of possibilities and will make the reader sit and wonder about opportunities they might have
missed. While teaching valuable life lessons and taking you through the frustrations of someone
with a bitter outlook on life, you will be stuck turning the pages to see where Nora ends up.
This book changed my way of viewing my life. It is my senior year of high school and I
am trying to sign up for everything. Between us, this book is the reason. Whenever I have a new
or find a new opportunity, I can’t help but think: what could be the outcome of something I
wouldn’t ordinarily do?