‘The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend’ spoiler-free review!

This was a sweet read but ultimately a little slow. It was all very predictable (which I’ll be honest, I expected before I picked it up because it just seems like that kind of book). Now that’s not always a bad thing, in fact sometimes it’s exactly what you need; just don’t go into this expecting anything too exciting.

I will say that this book is a total love letter to books and will delight you if you are an avid reader. I was pleased to see references to books I’ve read recently, such as Anne of Green Gables and Empress Orchid. However, a word of warning: unless you’ve read everything in the history of ever, this book will spoil some reads for you. I don’t think it was right of the author to assume that everyone has read books like Rebecca – I know it’s a classic but I haven’t got to it yet and the author straight up ruined the ending. I tried to skip past as quickly as I could but it was difficult to avoid certain things. So just be aware.

I was definitely interested at the start of this story; it seemed like a cute concept and actually reminded me a great deal of the ‘bookstagram’ community. I feel like, if Sara had Instagram, she would be ALL OVER that. Two book lovers communicating across the world over a shared love of books and finally arranging to meet? Sounds very familiar right now.

However, as the story progressed, I found myself losing interest. There was too much focus on minor characters, eg. Caroline, in whom I wasn’t really interested and the story I actually wanted to read became far too predictable. I did like certain characters (George, for example) but many were just flat and indistinct.

There were no major twists (again, I didn’t expect anything as I was just looking for a fluffy contemporary read). However, large chunks of the book were just our protagonist doing this:

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Or this:

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And it was boring to read! I love books about books, but I just didn’t connect with this one the way I’d hoped I would.

Overall, this was sweet but rather dull, and it never really called to me to pick it up when I wasn’t reading it. I probably wouldn’t recommend it but it might make a nice summer holiday read if you’re so inclined!

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Has anyone else read this one? Do you agree with me or do you think I’m judging this one too harshly?

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