How did I get the book? StorytellersInc Book Club
Synopsis: 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.
200words (or less) review: If there was one book that I’d recommend to any bookworm then it would probably be The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, essentially because of Sara. Anyone of us who can understand the logic of people in books being much better than people in real life, know about how paperbacks smell different to hardbacks and have had the argument conversation about how boring our weekends are because we were reading (when in actual fact we were of saving worlds or solving crime) will have a friend for life with Sara. She’s just the perfect bookish friend.
Sara arrives in Broken Wheel to find that the person she’s supposed to stay with, Amy, has died. The town decides to ‘adopt’ this Swedish tourist and refuse to let Sara pay for anything. So Sara decides to open a bookshop, to pay back to the town of Broken Wheel.
Reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend just made me happy from page one until the very end. I loathed having to put it down and was smiling the moment I got to pick it up again. Books like this are special, enjoy!