The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman

Hi All! It’s Becky.  The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is at the top of my to-watch list and I was excited when I found out the story was a novella before it was a movie. The novella was an adorable love story and now I really can’t wait to watch the movie.

Title: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Author: Lev Grossman
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Mark is stuck in a time loop. Every day he wakes up and it is August 4th. Mark’s life is unchanging until he meets Margaret, a girl his age who is the only other person aware of the time loop. As the two spend time together Mark is desperate to break the time loop and create a future for him and Margaret.

Review: One of my favorite troupes is romances that time place in a time loop. It’s cheesy and every reader knows exactly how these books are going to end but I can’t help myself. There is only one problem with loving stories that rely on repetitive stories is that these books aren’t often particularly well-done. Lev Grossman’s The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is very well crafted. Grossman created likable main characters in Mark and Margaret that were just enjoyable to spend time with. They were complex and had wants and issues that exist outside of the time loop. Mark and Margaret’s interactions were filled with sweet moments tinged with a touch of humor. The novella is brief but I feel as if I got to witness an entire relationship with ups and downs and a declaration of love. The novella was just the perfect introduction to this world that I can’t wait to revisit in the movie.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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