Publisher: Sourcebook Landmark
Original title: Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who travelled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a book store in honour of her friend's memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.
This is a fun read filled with bookish references. It is a real feel good story. I always carry a book around and my friends and family do make fun of it. The comments from my mum that I was always hiding in a book have been heard too. This made it easy to connect to Sara. Still I had a hard time to really believe her. She sounds estranged from life and the world. Very shy and scared of other people but still she dressed up for a market and does not mind standing in a store.
It was a good thing Tom had some chapters explaining why he was behaving in a certain way. I don't think I would have understood his behaviour without those parts.
As said I did have a hard time to believe Sara would make the step to just go on holiday to the US. The developments once she arrives in Broken Wheel are hilarious though. I liked the idea about opening the book store and the way she was dealing with the books. The community of Broken Wheel was filled with fun characters that added to the story. This is a great read for a holiday when you need something light to read.