I really liked the first half of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. The story is interspersed among little bookstore-type reviews of books, and features people who love books, plus a main character who went to Princeton. I liked the idea of a single mom Harvard student choosing to leave her baby in a bookstore (I mean I liked it as a literary idea, not that I would suggest that in real life!), and of a grieving widower finding a new lease on life as he takes care of a baby.
However, the second part of the book started to feel contrived. I won’t ruin it with spoilers in case you aren’t familiar with the story, but I felt like what started out as a kind of original tale turned into a sort of cliched ending.
Overall, I would say that The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a decent read, especially if you’re looking for something quick for the beach, but it is not destined to become a favorite for me.
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