At first, I thought I was going to love The Borrower, but in the end, I didn't.
The beginning was interesting and quirky, but the story and some of the characters were ultimately...just disagreeable.
Here's a bit from Kirkus Review:
A children’s librarian in Hannibal, Mo., finds herself on a long, strange trip in Makkai’s ruminative first novel.
Lucy Hull feels sorry for Ian Drake, the most devoted attendee of her read-aloud on Friday afternoons. Ian’s reading is severely circumscribed by his mother’s fundamentalist strictures, which rule out everything from Roald Dahl to Harry Potter. Lucy is further appalled when she learns that Ian—whom everyone assumes is gay, though he’s only 10—is forced to attend weekly classes with Pastor Bob, who specializes in rehabilitating “sexually confused brothers and sisters in Christ.” So when Lucy finds Ian hiding in the library one morning with a knapsack, she decides to help him run away.
I found the book irritating and heavy-handed. I only finished because at the time, I'd run out of library books and didn't have anything really calling to me.