A.J. Fikry is going through a pretty rough time – his wife recently passed away in a tragic accident, his independent book store, Island Books, is not doing well, and his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems (which he’s planned to cash in and use as his retirement plan someday) has just been stolen from his home. But immediately after the poetry collection turns up missing, something else arrives at his home, something that will change A.J.’s life in immeasurable ways.
It’s absolutely true what everyone has been saying about this book! It is a MUST READ. Everything about The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is so charming and fantastic and every book lover has got to pick this up.
While A.J. himself is quite the prickly character in the beginning of the novel, he quickly becomes a better person and it’s impossible for the reader not to fall in love with him. All of the minor characters are great, too, although it’s really hard to talk about any of them without giving away important plot points. So I won’t.
What you need to know about this book is that it’s full of literary references, bookish charm, and a wonderfully unique main character that I promise you will grow to love. All the rest is just details – oh except for the fact that I both laughed out loud and cried real tears at a few points throughout the book (always a plus for me). Just read it and I can guarantee that you won’t be sorry!