06 the storied life of aj fikry𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘Ίπ’•π’π’“π’Šπ’†π’… π‘³π’Šπ’‡π’† 𝒐𝒇 𝑨.𝑱. π‘­π’Šπ’Œπ’“π’š by Gabrielle Zevin is a maudlin, overly sentimental affair with a contrived, predictable plot riddled with clichΓ©s and tropes that it embraces rather than trying to subvert. At times it is so full of melodrama that it reads like the bookish equivalent of a film that is trying its very best to bait an Oscar.β €
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And good grief did I buy into it hook, line, and sentimental sinker like a sucker. Did I love every single page of it all.β €
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Every description of this book makes it sound insufferable, but Zevin β€” much like she does to her characters β€” pulls the rug out from under us by positively filling it up to the brim with a charming, endearing and painfully human cast that you fall in love with almost immediately. I loved the experience of reading this story, and can easily see myself revisiting over the years.

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