the storied life of a. j. fikry

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
Connor rates it: 4.5/5
W(REC)’D: yes!

Fikry is an easy read with a peculiar pacing, but doesn’t feel staggered or rushed for all that it took little time for me to make my way through its pages. The characters are charming, despite their faults, and the alacrity with which I grew fond of them–perhaps especially the titular character, A. J. Fikry–should probably alarm me. The intricacies of Zevin’s prose are delightful to read, and I will definitely be looking up her other books.

My favorite college professor once told me a book doesn’t have to end happily, but it should end hopeful. Zevin manages to do just that without coming across as forceful or heavy-handed in her approach.

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