“The words you can’t find, you borrow. We read to know we’re not alone. We read because we are alone. We read and we are not alone. We are not alone.”
This book – The Storied Life of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – was an impulsive Kindle download and I definitely don’t regret it. I think that I’ve identified an author I’d like to read more of but all was not perfect. I really loved the plot of this story, however, it was painfully obvious who the book was truly written for. Since I am not a publisher/librarian/bookstore owner, the push to appeal so desperately to them seemed contrived and ambitious at best. Some of the things I enjoyed most about this read were the multiple quotes from other authors. That being said, the plot was fun and A.J Fikry himself was a quirky and fun character to follow. This is truly a book lover’s book with its extensive quotation of literary classics and clever jabs aimed at the cliche and overdone concepts that bombard us these days (ie; novels about vampires and dystopian societies. No more please!)The plot moved at a healthy pace and right when I thought I may put it down, something dramatic would happen to keep me hooked. Overall, I enjoyed this read but I’m hoping to get more from Gabrielle Zevin on the next turn. She is clearly very talented author and (when not kissing up to the publishing world) can write in a very eloquent and entertaining mannger.
– Happy Reading –