After reading a few reviews for this book I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it because quite a few of them were not exactly favorable. Now I know why.
Village Books is a more boring (and book centric
instead of music centric) version of the 1995 movie Empire Records. (I'm
not sure how many people will understand the reference but I just
thought I'd put it out there). Village Books is about a crazy crew of
bookstore workers (some in managerial positions, some part time, some
who the reader barely hears from personally) and the owners and
customers to the store. And the characters are pretty entertaining but
unfortunately they don't make up for the complete lack of a plot.
the blurb for the book I knew the story centered around the addition of
a beautiful aspiring actress to the renegade team of bookstore
employees. But I figured there would be more to it, especially with the
mention of how the shop owners were aging and ailing and how some
horrible corporate company wanted to buy the store out from under
everyone. There should have been more of a conflict there, right?
Shouldn't saving the store which was so important to the plot and all
these characters, be a key plot point? Apparently not.
So I'd say
the main saving grace of the book, for me, was that all the characters
worked around books (which I love) and that quite a few of the "types"
of workers and customers are ones I've seen while working at a library.
But it just wasn't enough for this to be a truly good book.
the ending was just too predictable and happily ever after. Everything
worked out for the good guys while the bad/annoying guys got their
comeuppance but that all happened in a pretty brief epilogue.