The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Finished The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Warning: once you let books into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

This is a book about books. All sorts of books, from Little Women and Harry Potter to Jodi Picoult and Jane Austen, from to Stieg Larsson to Joyce Carol Oates to Proust. It’s about the joy and pleasure of books, about learning from and escaping into them, and possibly even hiding behind them. It’s about whether or not books are better than real life.

It’s also a book about a Swedish girl called Sara, her elderly American penfriend Amy and what happens when you land a very different kind of bookshop in the middle of a town so broken it’s almost beyond repair.

Or is it?

The Readers of Broken Wheel has touches of 84 Charing Cross Road, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Chocolat, but adds an off-beat originality and intelligence all its own.”

I really wanted to love this book because it’s essentially all about how amazing books are.  Some of my favorite parts had to do with the book discussions and references.  Sara is a hardcore reader and makes a lot of references to books she’s read and wants to read.  Also, books are kind of her security blanket and make her feel more comfortable in new places and with new people.

But more than books, this is basically about Sara’s move to a new town and the way that she eventually becomes at home there.  I preferred the book parts (I mean, of course I did) but it’s in the sections where Sara starts to really fit in with the residents of Broken Wheel where the book really shines.

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