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


Life is pretty quiet on Alice Island, but Amelia doesn’t mind making her rounds there to sell what her publishers are releasing. It doesn’t help that the only bookstore on Alice Island is owned by a bitter book seller; A.J Fikry.¬†Bookseller A.J. Fikry hasn’t had the best year. His wife had passed away, his bookshop is failing, and his prized possession of a rare and valuable book is stolen. And then one night, he returns home to find a baby at his doorstep, with only a note. The baby, Maya, has no way of knowing the change she brings along with her and the people around her, starting with the bitter-hearted A.J. Fikry.

Personal Take: I cannot explain how much I LOVED THIS BOOK. If this book were a person, I would give it a hug. A tight, long, hug, because it is amazing and poignant and real in so many ways. Maybe it’s because I’m a book lover that I found this appealing to me, but really, with the love of books and reading, this story is gold because of the astounding characters. And the beautifully simple writing style.

Honestly, this book is laced with so much natural humor, I kept thinking how does Zevin do it? The characters were so alive, and charming and sad and complicated.And it goes without saying that while it made me laugh hard, it also crushed me hard.

But I cannot recommend it enough. It’s short and sweet and worth reading. Hell, it’s worth re-reading too.

Audience: Older teens and readers for some select word choices.



Other recommendations: Another favorite sweetheart of a book by Zevin is Elsewhere, which I really recommend. She is also the author of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the Birthright series. Be sure to check out the rest of her work.