Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“We are not quite novels.  We are not quote short stories. In the end, we are collected works.

 -Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry 


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.  {synopsis}


For a novel of only 250 pages,  The Storied  Life of A.J. Fikry packs a big punch.  This is not only the story of a book seller, but a story about how books can have such a massive impact on your life.  A.J. was relatable in his ideas of literature and his way of life to readers of all ages, not just those who can relate to his stage of life.  Fikry comes to see that the books he has read have opened his eyes to the true struggles of life, and that books are the key to bringing people together.  This compact novel is not lacking emotion or remittance, but it is done in a simple and matter-of-fact nature.  You won’t find any instal-love or warm and fuzzy feelings on the pages of Zevin’s novel.  This is the perfect book to pull you out of a major book slump because it reminds you of why you love to read in the first place and how reading can save you on more levels than one.

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5 Star Rating

**If  I could have given this book 1,000 stars I would have!!


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