Lego: A Love Story describes Jonathan Bender’s journey into the world of AFOLs – Adult Fans of Lego (and yes, this book is full of acronyms). There are fan clubs, conventions, websites, and stores dedicated solely to Lego which are not run by the Lego Company. Hundreds of grown men and women are just as obsessed with Lego today as they were as a child. Over the course of a year, Bender follows them down this path. Along the way, he researches the history of the Lego Company, visits the Lego headquarters in Denmark, and comes to some very personal discoveries about his life and family. This book is the perfect mix of facts and narrative, nostalgia and looking to the future. If you have ever loved Legos or have anyone in your life that loves Legos, then this book is highly recommended.
And I’ll warn you in advice that your Lego cravings will return. My husband read this book after I was finished with it, and before I knew it, he was carrying tubs upon tubs of his childhood Legos into our spare bedroom (I’m quite certain his parents were glad to finally see them go). We spent one glorious Sunday afternoon rediscovering the joys of playing with Legos. I also discovered that my Lego building skills were far below my husband’s. That’s really not that surprising, considering he grew up to be an engineer.
Here’s what I built: