“People were strange like that. They could be completely uninterested in you, but the moment you picked up a book, you were the one being rude.” ~Sara (in Katarina Bivald’s book The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend)
Hello, Dear Bloggites. Long time since I wrote a book review and how I have missed it! Life seems to thrive on getting in my way when it comes to my reading and blogging…LOL
The Books & Broads Book Club voted on reading a book I recommended (my first). The March book club book was The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. This is a debut novel written by a Swedish author, so it was interesting to read a book that was translated into English.
The storyline in The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend is about a shy, book nerd from Sweden named Sara, who decides to go visit her American pen pal, Amy, in Broken Wheel, Iowa.
When Sara arrives in town she finds that her long time pen pal has died and the day of her arrival was the day of Amy’s funeral. This is the beginning of a fun, entertaining story about a person trying to find their way in a new country and a town full of quirky residents at best.
I loved this book, Dear Bloggites! From the very first line in chapter one (“The strange woman standing on Hope’s main street was so ordinary it was almost scandalous”) to the very last line written, I found interesting tidbit phrases that the author, Katarina Bivald, used to describe the people or places and characters that I can see myself in throughout the storyline.
Throughout the story you watch Sara grow from a timid, unsure girl into a confident, outspoken woman. Sara’s evolution in the book is due to the different people she interacts with in the town and her strong bond she built with Amy over the years as a pen pal.
The author did a wonderful job making Amy known even though she was dead from the different letters written by Amy to Sara that were placed before each new chapter. A rather ingenious idea, if you ask me. I cannot remember a time when I was able to truly get to know a character in a story so well when they are dead. Most of the books I have read usually only share different aspects of a character through flashbacks of a living character in the book. The way Amy was written in this storyline, you would believe her alive and well and not dead and buried.
Even though the characters were colorful, they were rather predictable as most small town characters go. You have your rebel, single-parent struggler, moody bachelor, town drunk now sober, judgmental spinster, and so on. However, even though the character types were typical, the author did a good job adding a slight twist to each of them.
One of the things the book club ladies felt about the book was that the author seemed to throw in every type of controversial personality in the story. Some of the topics seemed forced on the characters by the author instead of letting the characters flow naturally.
The ending was also predictable as you are reading the book, but it was a fun predictable instead of a typical predictable. The story overall was fun and light-hearted and was centered on books (which I love) and a foreigner finding her way in small town U.S.A.
I give The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald 5 out of 5 Bookmarks, Dear Bloggites. Go find a copy and enjoy a fun, light-hearted read.