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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony I liked this, Kim...I'm curious as to what you'll think...

message 2: by Kim (new)

Kim Me too...

When I have more than an hour of sleep in me, i plan on finding out. :)

message 3: by Staci (new)

Staci I found that this book affected me this way also. The part that really stuck to me is where the kid is thinking that all those people that lived breathed in pieces of his dad. Haunted my dreams and really made me look at 9/11 in a different light.

message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda “It takes a life to learn how to live.”
Heart-wrenchingly true. :(

Fantastic review, Kimtastic.

message 5: by Kim (new)

Kim There are so many parts of this book that haunt me. So. Many.

message 6: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I'm not strong enough to read this book.

Just reading your review brought tears to my eyes.

message 7: by Kim (new)

Kim I'm sorry, Shel. I tend to make you read books like this. And you get me to read.... Ahh.. never mind. :) When you're ready, but don't pass it up, kay?

message 8: by Lori (new)

Lori Kim, I just finished it. I'm wandering around the house, at a loss, everything feels so mundane.

Kim I lived in Soho from 80 to 91, and never would I walk to the Towers, I tried to steer clear away even if I biked to Battery Park, I always got a very creepy feeling from them.

The ending was a bit of a letdown, I flicked thru the pics and when there were no more words, I cried out, It's over? I supposed it's silly, but I wanted a tidy ending after all the pain and murky beauty of life.

So, what do you think happens?


What do you think happens to Grandma and Grandpa, do they both go home again? We know that Oscar knows the renter is in fact Grandpa. But that could be from the letter Grandma (we never do find out her name, do we) is typing at the airport.

message 9: by Kim (new)

Kim Oh, Lori... I don't know... I just thought that the whole picture book ending was wonderful.. the taking things back aspect.

I don't know if I liked the Grandma/Grandpa ending... but, I don't think I liked their life together either.

message 10: by Sally (new)

Sally Did this just pop up on my update feed because I recently finished it? GR is so mysterious sometimes.

But I too wandered around the house, feeling helpless, after finishing this Lori.

message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Nope. It's on my update feed, too. Weird as hell, right?!?!?

message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I really enjoyed this review, Kim.

message 13: by Kim (new)

Kim Awww...shucks, thanks, guys!

message 14: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu I will refrain from saying something truly vicious about this book.

message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

really matthew? oh, go on... say it! we'll still love it anyway :P

message 16: by Chris (new)

Chris I concur with the rest. Great review, Kim!

message 17: by Kevin L. (new)

Kevin L. Thanks Kim for sharing your sentiments.

I've had this book for a while, now I may have to move it up the list!


message 18: by Josh (new)

Josh You have nothing to apologize for. I cried over this one multiple times as well. This book was powerful beyond belief.

message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim It's a love/hate kinda thing with this book, Evelyn. A lot of people found it 'gimmicky' but I say, Bring it On.

I haven't been back to NYC in quite awhile. I hear that people are nice now. Whoa.

message 20: by Keisha (new)

Keisha This book made me sad in parts, but it didn't move me to tears like it seems to have for other people. However, your review is fantastic and helps me to see how impactful this book is to many people.

message 21: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Grauschopf I think the idea with the birdseed shirt was that it would attract so many birds, the wearer would be lifted away and fly with them. So if you were, say, stuck on the roof of the Twin Towers before they collapsed, you could put on your birdseed shirt and be carried away to safety.

message 22: by Kim (new)

Kim That's a beautiful idea, Sandra!

message 23: by Marcus (new)

Marcus I haven't read this yet but just from your review alone it makes me want to go out and buy it this minute. Thank you for writing such a 'Incredibly' moving review. :D

message 24: by Kim (new)

Kim Thank you Marcus! I see that they are releasing a film version this winter... I am not yet sure how I feel about this. :/

message 25: by Marcus (new)

Marcus yeah i know what you mean. as a teen, i read the perks of being a wallflower almost religiously. and now they're releasing a movie of the book, so i have mix feelings. but hopefully they stay true to the book. and no problem!

message 26: by Amy (new)

Amy Your review was exquisite and totally made me want to read this book! Thank you so very very much!!

message 27: by Kim (new)

Kim Thank you, Amy! I hope you enjoy it!

message 28: by Sandy (new)

Sandy about the birdseed shirt. Just my thoughts, but I think Oskar invented the birdseed shirt in hopes that a flock of birds would come by and be enticed. Thereby carrying away the leapers to safety while feeding on the shirts. IMO

message 29: by Kim (new)

Kim Thanks, Sandy... that's a great observation!

message 30: by Keegan (new)

Keegan I loved the movie, and that's what introduced me to the book. Despite a key character switch I'd say the movie and book are equally amazing and well done. I'm only halfway through the book though. Did you enjoy the movie?

message 31: by Kim (new)

Kim I have to say... I'm afraid to see the movie... I'm having trouble seeing how the book could translate. Although, I do love Max von Sydow and Jeffrey Wright.

message 32: by Buggy (new)

Buggy Thanks Kim, I'd like to leave this as "great review" and move on but I can't because your review made me cry.

I loved how you loved the twin towers, how you had actual life changing memories there. I've never heard anyone mention anything even close to that imagery before -moving. But you killed me with the quotes "Being with him made my brain quiet" My dad died when I was 6, I'm now 42, nothing I've ever heard or read has ever come close to decribing how I feel. I know what its like to be be willing to do anything just to feel close to a ghost, to a memory.


message 33: by Holly (new)

Holly Bush I haven't been able to see the movie. The date's not historical enough for me. Still too personal.

And after reading your review it sounds as though the book evoked exactly the right tone. It had to be contemplative. Nothing else would do for the subject matter and it sounds like the author hit his marks. Not quite ready to read it though.

message 34: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Mackenzie When I finished this book in late 2008 at the age of sixteen, I found myself in an intense emotional state for days on end. I felt as if I would never stop crying and honestly when I get deep in thought about the events that take place, I find it happening all over again. Those were tears of closure; of a satisfying conclusion to something wonderful. To know of other people who have had a similar reaction warms my heart. I cannot expect any book I read in the future to do the same but I'd be so grateful if one could.

message 35: by Amy (new)

Amy it sounds like this book is good. I want to read it, but seeing that most of the people who read it say that they bawled their eyes out... Not so sure anymore. I tried watching the movie but fell asleep and ended up playing minecraft... Is the book going to be more interesting than the movie?

message 36: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Bradley Did you end up watching the movie?

message 37: by Kim (new)

Kim I did.. I liked it, for its own body of work. I really didn't connect it with the book because I would have been disappointed. The boy who played Oskar was incredible. (IMHO)

message 38: by Mehr (new)

Mehr I haven't read this book, but saw the movie by chance as I was flicking through channels. The boy's acting was superb, and the movie was good. With such a great review, I'll definitely read it too.

message 39: by Robin (new)

Robin Kim, I enjoyed reading your review; so well written and heartfelt. I'm reading the book now and find it difficult to put down. I love Foer's writing style.

message 40: by Kim (new)

Kim Loved your review. ..& this book!

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