finished reading

This is a book about the transformative ability of books to shape who you are. It's a story about figuring out who you are and who you're meant to be.  The main character and narrator, Lucy, is in her early twenties and doesn't know who she is.  The other main character, Ian, is ten years old and is being molded by his parents to conform to their idea of masculinity.  It's a coming-of-age story for both characters.  

I loved that both characters are obsessed with books.  The secondary characters were very fun--Lucy's father was great.  It was a charming, fast read that tackled some societal issues.

From the publisher:
Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both a kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten- year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy's help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly antigay classes with celebrity Pastor Bob. Lucy stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan. Desperate to save him from Pastor Bob and the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. But is it just Ian who is running away? Who is the man who seems to be on their tail? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?
#52bookclub prompt 43: about finding identity.

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