Saturday, May 2, 2015

Book Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

The Storied life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin was an entertaining novel that I liked, if never quite loved. The characters never seemed entirely real to me. This didn’t stop me from liking them greatly, however.

This is a good book for those seeking a tale that isn’t too heavy, but also isn’t without substance. And if you only have short blocks of time to read here and there, you can enter and exit the text without feeling you've lost a sense of the book's atmosphere or plot because the story is simple and sweet (and yes, at times sad). This isn't a bad thing -- sometimes readers are in the mood for stories that aren’t empty calories, but aren’t going to fill them up, either. 

This would be an ideal book to whip out on the plane or beach or overcast afternoon when you just want to decompress. It's a pleasant "buffer" book to take the edge off between reading more intense novels. It’s a light, quick read and a nice story -- when that's what you need, give this one a go.

Favorite line: "We are what we love."

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