The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Review

Review: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin



A.J. Fikry is the owner of a little bookstore on a small island, with small sales and limited ties to the community.  No man is an island, and yet A.J. lives on one and does his best to keep to himself after the accidental death of his wife, all but drinking himself to death.  But several things begin to change – a new bookselling agent, a stolen and priceless book, and…a toddler left in his store.  Suddenly the lost and seemingly stuck A.J. is acting as a father to the little girl, making friends in the community, and thinking about dating again.

My Thoughts

This was a great book!  A book about a serious book lover and his amazing second chance at life, so of course I loved it (I’m a sucker for second chances at life and love).  🙂  Before every chapter, A.J. has a book recommendation for his daughter, which was so sweet and reminded me of the small bookstores that often have small book reviews or staff reviews on their shelves.  Also the whole story lovely from start to finish.  There are a fair amount of sad parts, make no mistake about it, but as with most lives, the good far outweighs the bad in this well-crafted story.  Make sure to check it out – 5 out of 5 stars.


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