Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was not a fan of this book at first, and it took about half the book for me to really get into it. After finishing this book, however, I think it was more because of me and my attitude toward sad stories than because of the book itself. Foer puts so much emotion and passion into this book, I was laughing one chapter, and then near tears the next. Very powerful story, and while a good portion of it was confusing, almost everything was explained by the story's conclusion.
Oskar is a lovable character, kind of a young Spencer Reid (for the Criminal Minds fans out there), bordering on obnoxious and annoying but in an endearing, funny way. I feel like I learned more through this book than I had thought I would (especially since it's all random factoids and information I learned). Honestly, I only picked this book up because I got it for a dollar, and because I wanted to read the book before going to see the movie. I do not regret that decision, and for anyone tentatively interested in reading this book (or seeing the movie), I suggest picking it up.
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SIDENOTE!! My friend Serge and I have decided to have a blog-duel. He'll be reading a book and posting a review on his website, and I'll be reviewing a video game within the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for them! I'll send a link to his blog once I know which blog he's going to be using. :)