Today I'm reviewing The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.
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.
Review after the jump!
Review: This book is a departure from the type of stories I usually read, but I was intrigued by the cover and the plot summary, so I requested it on Netgalley and lo and behold the publishers granted me an ARC. Thanks, Sourcebooks! I really enjoyed this book, it was as much of a character study as anything, but what a book. It was very well-written and as the summary implies it is definitely in the vein of Chocolat, which I loved. Verdict: Long, but highly recommended.