The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

April 6, 2014 Book Review, reviews 13

The Storied Life of AJ FikryThe Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Published by Algonquin Books on April 2014
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 272
Source: complimentary review copy
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Gabrielle Zevin has created a novel that is pure 272 pages of love to the small independent bookseller.

what in this life is more personal than books?

An unhappy, poor and not-too friendly bookseller who has practically given up on living finds a package that changes him forever. A kindly Chief of Police, a one-hit wonder author and his wife Ismay who also happens to be A.J.’s sister-in-law and Amelia the galoshes-wearing, forever-optimistic sales rep for Knightley Books all of the characters are just as unique as a three-headed frog and as lovable as a “box full of chocolates!”

There ain’t nobody in the world like book people.

The writing is engaging, pulling you in from the first page when Amelia is disembarking the ferry in search of Island Books on Alice Island.   A.J. is the unlikeliest of heroes which adds to the charm of this novel ~ we can all be a hero in someone’s life; we can all make a difference. Those who put books in the hands of others that gets them reading, well, there’s a special medal somewhere for those bookish folks!

A novel of not knowing the effect our actions have on others {both good and not-so-good}, the meaning books have in our life, and learning it’s all about the connections. A beauty of a read that will have you nodding your head over A.J.’s notes about a particular novel and opinions of the E-reader while thinking of ways to travel to his Island Books & just to meet the cantankerous bookseller.

Fair warning ~ grab a box of kleenex and be prepared to cry, smile, laugh and cry once more. But after the final page has been turned, you’ll feel as though there IS good left in the world, that most people want to help, and bookish folks have been redeemed.  Highly recommended ~ both men & women will enjoy this one!

Each chapter begins with A.J.’s commentary on a book, the message of which becomes applicable ~  do you have a book that “spoke” to you at just the right time?

I received a copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way does this alter my opinion or review of the novel.

13 Responses to “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry”

    • Stacy

      as much as you loved Dear Mr. Knightley {and as much as it was THE most wonderful book} this one is just like that. a feel good {no, feel great} kind of book that makes you proud to be a reader ~ I do believe you’d love it!

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I’ll be posting my sister’s review of this later this week. She loved it too!

    • Stacy

      I shall look forward to your sister’s review! She always does a bang-up job of reviewing and she’s a great complement to your “voice!” Will you get an opportunity to read this one? It’s not very long and oh so worth the time!

  2. Adria J. Cimino

    Sounds like a good one! I love books with that “connections” element…

  3. Rosa Silva

    I had never heard about this book. It seems like a great read (I love reading bookish books). Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jennine G.

    This sounds great. I love books about books or with books in them 🙂

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