I always enjoy a book with characters that stay with me beyond the reading of the book. The Secret of Lost Things is peopled with lots of unusual characters / misfits, if you will. A coming of age story with many unique twists and turns told in just enough poignant detail, it left me wanting more and I was sad to see the book end. The book ended when it should have ended, but I can't help but wonder what became of many of the characters in the story. A really great read and one that I recommend whole heartedly.