The Storied Life A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: After the death of his wife, A.J. Fikry, owner of Island Books on the small island of Alice, is alone trying to quietly sink his business and drink himself to death. Then suddenly three things happen. The first is a visit from new publishing rep, Amelia Loman. The second is an incredibly rare and valuable book gets stolen and the third is the arrival of a "package" with life changing consequences. Suddenly Fikry's world starts to open again.
Why I Picked This Book: Almost all of the reviews I've read on this book have been beyond glowing. Also what book lover doesn't want to read a book that takes place in a bookstore? I was thrilled when I was able to get it in e-book form from my library.
Pros: The book takes place in a bookstore which is a pretty massive pro in my world. I love books about 2nd chances and this was one that was really beautifully done. I loved that this book wasn't just wrapped up in a few weeks. You get to really find out what life is like for Fikry and the other characters. These are characters you really want the best for and it was nice to see the resolution of their story lines.
Cons: I didn't really connect to the book the way a lot of people seemed to have. It wasn't a book I finished and sighed and thought "That was perfect". While I loved all the characters there was a one dimensional quality that I think kept me from really loving the book as a whole.
Overall Impression: I read this book in one sitting and was delighted by it. Even though I wasn't as head over heels as many reviewers it was still an enjoyable bookish read. Part of the fun of the book is watching the plot unravel and the reviews I had read previously did a fantastic job of not spoiling any of the details. So I apologize for lack of details in the review but it's really for your own good!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Probably. This isn't a book when I finished I thought I have to go out and read every book this author's ever written but I will definitely look for her other books.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes. I think any booklover would enjoy this little book about a man who owns a bookstore on an island.