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message 1: by Krok Zero (new)

Krok Zero Amen. I just wrote a much shorter but no less pissed-off review of this book, if you'd like to check it out (we made similar opening jokes, even).

message 2: by David (new)

David Ruekberg I must have missed the "thick blanket of nonsensical phrases." It made sense to me. Were you texting while reading?

message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I understand how some parts of this book could have confused you Andy. But I agree with Druek. This book needs to be read v. carefully.

message 4: by Kate (new)

Kate Thankyou Andy for giving life to my thoughts - I kept going because so many people gave it five stars. I enjoyed your comments and agree whole heartedly with your ADHD comments. I am still thinking exactly how I am going to review this one.

Oscarlovespaper Villa I see your points. I'm personally a great fan of Foer's work but i am not blinded by infatuation or whatever you'd call it to truely respect other people's opinions. Your review however, seemed more like one of spite. Try to read it THEN review it not pick at every word as you go through it. Get a broader view of the big picture and you'll see where the emotion in this book is.

message 6: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Rios "thick blanket of nonsensical phrases." Phrases like, "jose", "heavy boots," "one hundred dollars." Is that what you meant? If not, its what I mean. I really hated all of those sayings put into the book. It wasn't endearing at all. I just thought it was stupid. I'm glad I borrowed this book and not actually bought it!

message 7: by Katie (new)

Katie Funny review, but I sense you were on a roll spewing insults and ended up hyperbolizing your reaction to the book. Maybe? Yes? Fine if you don't like it, but if you don't think you may have gotten a bit carried away, then I'm not sure JSF is the pretentious one.

message 8: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Rios Maybe...probably. I am into hyperbolizing pretty much everything. It makes life fun.

message 9: by Josh (new)

Josh Fish I agree that too many things happen just to happen. Even the characters act more like a sophisticated novelist would act or would want them to act instead of how they really would act. So many things Oskar says and does seem unbelievable at his age. He seems not only too intelligent for his age but also too educated. I sometimes couldn't tell if it was Oskar or an adult and that seems like it should never be the case. It's a very clever book, effective even, especially at the end, but is missing that all important realism that a book about 9-11 so needs.

message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I am one of those people that when I start reading a book I have to finish it. I am disliking this book almost as much as Eat, Pray, Love.

message 11: by Josh (new)

Josh Fish I thought it really contrived but interesting from a craft of writing point of view. Now it is going to be a movie and win an oscar because it is about 9/11.

message 12: by Manny (new)

Manny I'd just started thinking I should read this. Thank you for saving me the time and pain.

message 13: by Bailey (new)

Bailey This is EXACTLY what I thought... Thank you for expressing,my thoughts!

message 14: by Allison (new)

Allison "Terribly Artificial and Unbearably Pretentious" - yep that exactly sums up my feelings about everything this author writes.

message 15: by Daria (new)

Daria I, myself, really liked the book, but I think that's only because (as you said) I accepted the blank pages and other quirks. Although, I do really like your review, even if I don't necessarily agree with it.

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