I’ll start off by saying that perhaps the author and the publisher were having difficulty with how to label this book because, if it is to be classified as a YA novel, one might want to read it in their later YA years. Or maybe this is just a gateway into “adult” books for those who haven’t read too many. Either way, I’d say this a book for the many, not for a select few.
The Book of Lost Things takes a lot of fairy tales, twists them up, and makes them again for its own purposes. It is in an alternate fantasy world that these stories are told. The tales are, perhaps, what happens in these stories when we aren’t looking. At least two of the memorable retold tales are Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood.
David is a boy who feels lost in his own world. He finds himself in this fantasy world of which he finds a secret entrance to in his garden. And, oh boy, that ending is wonderful and teary eyed.
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a different world and who finds that the pages they read are so much more than the words on them. It is what you make of them and how we interpret it. Most of all it is how we grow; this is a tale of growth.