The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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“We are not quite novels.
We are not quite short stories.
In the end, we are collected works.”

Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Why you should read this book: If you are a book lover then this is for you

A.J. Fikry runs a bookstore in a small island called Alice. He is in his 40s,  recently widow and is not a people person: he is often rude and doesn’t have friends. One day the most expensive book in his possession disappears and life as he knows it changes completely. A baby named Maya is left in his bookstore and on the note the mother wants A.J. to take care of her. From that day on he will challenge himself as a person and become a man he didn’t know he could be.

“A place ain’t a place without a bookstore.”

Such a lovely story of a man and his bookstore. A.J. is a sad man after his wife’s death and he is struggling a little in life: he drinks too much and is rude to his customers and to people in general. One day everything changes, someone leaves a baby no more than 2 years old in his bookstore and his life will never be the same! Maya is such a smart girl and of course A.J. feels connected to her: he wants to teach her to love books, to love reading and he knows that she can teach him how to be a better person.

I love that this book tells you about his life during a lot of years, you see him change, he has more people to love and who loves him. He is given a second chance to live a life he wasn’t allow to live because his wife was tragically taken from him too soon.

“When I read a book, I want you to be reading it at the same time. I want to know what would Amelia think of it. I want you to be mine. I can promise you books and conversation and all my heart, Amy.”

A.J. is surrounded by great people, he learns from his mistakes and that’s how he first starts his relationship with Amelia. He starts challenging himself: he saw True Blood because Amelia loves it, if that’s not a man to marry then I don’t know who is anymore!
A.J. is a very interesting character, he is a thinker, he is sweet, he doesn’t sound his age at all. A.J. learns to love what at first he was against to. His development is what makes this book great to me, it gives me hope that is never too late to love, find love again, and build a life that makes you a better human being.

“Sometimes books don’t find us until the right time.”

Do I recommend it? Yes, it is sweet, it has sorrow, sweetness, happiness and books.
Rate: 4/5
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