by Katarina Bivald
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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is a delightful read. I was reminded of many of the romantic comedy movies from my college year’s as I strolled through the streets of Broken Wheel with the main character, Sara.
Sara was my favorite part of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. She reminded me of myself. A young woman waiting for life to sweep her off her feet, taking comfort in her books and trying desperately to overcome her introvert ways to connect with others.
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.Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Sara was also a bookworm so the book is swimming with quotes about reading and books. I wished that the eARC was not a PDF so I could have more easily highlighted my favorites and referenced them later.
Sara creates a bit of a revolution in the small town of Broken Wheel. The fallout of her arrival is somewhat predictable, but enjoyable. There’s an easy way with Bivald’s writing that allows you to be carried along with the story—smiling, laughing and frowning—along with the characters. There’s a little bit of everyone in the characters that populate Broken Wheel. And taking a break from my heavier reads is welcome adventure a couple times a year.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend will appeal to a wide range of readers. This could qualify as a summer beach read. Bookworms will appreciate Amy’s and Sara’s love of books and their reverence for the written word. Lovers of romance will enjoy Sara’s journey and Caroline’s adventures. I suspect most readers will want to find Broken Wheel and spend a few hours in Amy’s Bookstore talking with Sara, Tom and George. I know that I do.
Our critics and educators have got a lot to answer for when they manage to make young boys see stories about rebellion and adventure and ballsiness as a chore. Do you understand what I mean? the real crime of these lists isn’t that they leave deserving books off them, but that they make people see fantastic literary adventures as obligations.Katarina Bivald, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
A version of this review also appeared in The Gazette. Read it now.