As I may have mentioned before, I’m a huge book nerd. I love the written word, and although I’m partial to fiction, I’m open to reading anything. As Alex and I experiment with different types of blog posts, I thought I’d try out a few book reviews! My first pick for a review is also currently my favourite read of the summer: “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” isn’t a story of epic proportions. The plot isn’t complex, and it doesn’t cover a wide range of exotic locales. It is a sweet and simple story of love in all forms and variations. It’s a story about people, how we affect one another, and how someone can magnificently alter your life through even the slightest of actions. This is a story for people who love a good character driven plot. This is also a story for people who love books, as there are layers of references to other stories within it.The basic plot of this novel, without any spoilers, revolves around a man named A.J. Fikry and his bookstore within a small island town. A.J. has faced hardships in his life, and has chosen to isolate himself from those around him. He is a (loveable) cynic who remains in the comforting world of literature. Through an unforeseeable chain of events A.J. has the opportunity to alter his life and change his negative perspectives.
One of the most beautiful elements of this novel is how many quotable moments it contains. If you are a sucker for a good quote, this a great novel for you! Zevin makes so many moving and accurate reflections on life and people, in a way that makes you jealous that you hadn’t strung together those particular words yourself. Seriously, they have made shirts with quotes from this book because they are so perfect.This is an enjoyable and moving read. I wouldn’t qualify it as “fine” literature, but rather approachable and beautiful in its own way. I recommend giving “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” a read! Let me know what you think of it! If you’ve already read it and thought differently (or similarly) please let me know! I love talking, and getting excited, about any story.
Cheers to a good read!