The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Published: April 1, 2014
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
“A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.”
“We agree to be disappointed sometimes so that we can be exhilarated every now and again.”
^^^ My favorite quote from this book 🙂
I ended up liking this book quite a bit more than I thought I would. I rate it 4.5/5 stars.
I will say that the publisher synopsis is a bit misleading, and I probably would have been more apt to read it sooner if it would have mentioned something at all about A.J. Adopting Maya. It’s kind of a big plot twist to have no mention of it at all.
Anyway, I loved the characters…especially A.J. His prickly, persnickety, almost rudeness felt very real. I wanted to meet him and Maya…and to visit his bookstore. It was one of those books when I finished it, I felt sad that the characters and places weren’t real.
At under 300 pages, it’s a nice, quick, feel-good read. If you are an avid reader or a book lover, I think you’ll appreciate this book quite a bit for all it’s literary references and bookish love 🙂
Where it lost 1/2 star for me was the part where A.J finds, cares for, and ultimately adopts Maya…that part all feels a bit rushed. But the rest of the story more than made up for that.