The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is about a cynical widower who lives upstairs above the bookstore he owns. After learning about his store facing the worst sales in his history, he falls into more bad news… his rare, original collection of an Edgar Allen Poe book (worth a ton of $) was stolen from his apartment. When he thinks it can’t get any worse, something is deleivered to his bookstore that changes the rest of his life.
This book is slow, funny, and overall a little too tender for me. Yes, it’s a feel-good book and I knew that going in. What I didn’t know; however, was how painstakenly slow it would be. It took over 150 pages for it to feel-good for me, and while I will say the characters were interesting, they didn’t seem to develop until around the 150 page mark. I hated the book until that point and was one energy drink away from removing the thought of this novel forever from my mind.
Then, I started to feel connected to the characters and decided to finish it out. I particularly enjoyed AJ’s witty commentary on his favorite short stories and his interactions with his friends, such as the old lady who had to return a book for keeping her up all night.
There were some well-written scenes towards the end, but overall… it was just too much and too obvious for me.
2/5 stars, but I would recommend it to anyone interested in a feel-good, slow read. Those typically aren’t for me.