I can definitely see why The Midnight Library has been so popular. The message is beautifully delivered without feeling preachy or overpowering the story, and Nora is an honest and believable vessel.
It’s tempting to want to believe in the midnight library, in the ability to review regrets and have the option to choose the right life, no matter how many attempts it may take. And Nora is a remarkable person with many paths she could have taken, so for her to be in this place proves that anyone could be. Unfortunately, perspective is so often overlooked and undervalued, and this is made clear as she experiences more and more ‘could-have-been’ lives.
Full of nuggets that could apply to everyone, The Midnight Library is thoughtful and emotional without becoming overwhelming. It’s a very thin line to balance, considering the subject matter, and Haig does it beautifully.