Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Genre: Fiction

Published: April 1, 2014

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


Amazon Description:

“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.”


My Thoughts:

“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.


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