"Remember, Maya: the things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life."
I love books about books that was one of the main reason for me to pick up this book. At first when I started reading this one I thought of taking it slow as I had no intention of finishing it so soon in just 1 day/ 24 hrs, but the next thing I know I was already done with it and was sucked into A.J.Fikry’s world.
After losing Nic, love of his life in a car accident A.J. was left alone with a bookstore in Alice Island. Initially he takes no interest in anything his bookstore, his life or his eating, all he does is gets rid of each day somehow or the other. Then enters Maya a two year old kid who was left alone inside his book store with a letter in her hand, because A.J had stopped locking his book store after losing a valuable copy of Tamerlane (a rare collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe worth 400 dollars!!) which he had planned to sell and settle down once and for all. But life has a different plan for him. After Maya enters his life the old grumpy A.J is now changed completely and takes new interest in living, dealing with the ups and downs of his life.
This story has everything in it. It makes you happy and sad, it makes you see life differently and deals with giving life a second chance and living it to the fullest as A.J did and also mainly it talks a lot about books and book nerds like us.