Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin was my first read of the year and damn, it was a good one. I had heard a few booktubers saying that this is a book for book lovers, so I was obviously interested in checking it out. The story is about A.J., the owner of a tiny book store on a small island. He's a gruff man who has a particularly picky taste in books. When you are introduced to him, you learn that his wife has recently passed away and that this book store is really all he has left. That is, until he gets a special package left for him in his store. This package changes his life. Dun dun dunnnnn! Sounds interesting, right?
One of the things I love most about this book is the span of time it covers. From the beginning to the end it covers several decades of time, so you get to see how people evolve and grow. Almost all of the other books I've read recently take place in really short time frames, so it was nice to see some really long character development. It gives you a chance to really fall in love with the characters.
That leads me to my next point, there are so many characters in this book that I love! A.J. is of course, fantastic with his grumpiness, but has soft sides too. His sister is always there to give him some tough love and help him out when he needs it. A.J.'s friend, the sheriff is there to give some comedic relief and offer really great advice. The other characters, which I won't mention because #spoilers, are also amazing. Gabrielle Zevin really knows how to write truly endearing and realistic characters.
All in all, this was just a really lovely book. I found myself smiling so hard at parts, even though they were a little cheesy at times. I absolutely think that if you are a book lover, you NEED to read this. There are some excellent book recommendations in here and great points about how stories and books bring us all together.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, because I just enjoyed the heck out of it.
What have you been reading lately?