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message 1: by Kim (new)

Kim Damn right I do, Don't make me come down there...

(okay, do... do make me come down there... please? I'll do your dishes...)

message 2: by J (new)

J You can't make me!! You can't make me!! I refuse to read this book unless you come down here and have fun with me. (And wash my dishes.)

message 3: by Ben (new)

Ben She still hasn't visited you, J!

message 4: by J (new)

J She hasn't, Ben. I even offered to paint her face. She hates me.

message 5: by Kim (new)

Kim I have my heavy boots on... you just wait.

I'll be a real cougar after J gets a hold of me. (wicked lusty grin)

message 6: by Ben (last edited May 19, 2010 11:39AM) (new)

Ben J.-- this books sucks. FYI!

Also, you two cougars are awesome. : )

message 7: by J (new)

J I'm sorry to say I'm loving this book, Ben.

message 8: by Ben (new)

Ben Matt and I will go in the corner, then. We're happy there with each other... really, we are..

message 9: by Kim (new)


I love you, J.

You bros have fun... I bet you could find some Zima on ebay.. :)

message 10: by Ben (new)

Ben (I have a funny feeling that J. has finished this and is in the process of crafting one of her masterful reviews.)

message 11: by J (new)

J I haven't finished it yet, but the first sentence of any review I may write will be "Thank you, Kim."

On a plane the other day I was sitting with a DJ/pro golfer. He owns a biker bar. That has nothing to do with anything. I just like saying it. He probably does too. Don't you think? Anyway, he asked if I liked the book. I answered yes and asked if he'd read it. "Some. There's some pretty hot sex."

Whoa. Where?

I said I guessed I hadn't gotten to that part yet and he said oh yes I had. He'd been reading over my shoulder! For the record, this book does not, in my estimation, contain hot sex. Thus far.

message 12: by Kim (new)

Kim Really? hot sex? Maybe it's time for a reread... really? huh?
Nyah, nyah, Benjamin!!!

message 13: by Ben (new)

Ben :P

message 14: by Kim (new)

Kim Where's your review, Josie? Huh?

message 15: by J (new)

J ta-da

message 16: by Kim (new)

Kim Oh.


Thank you.

Jennifer (aka EM) excellent review. I disagree about the pictures (yes, they are gimmicky; but I thought they added something ineffable to the review--to, in fact, the theme of communication, the difficulty and the necessity of it.)

Oskar's grandmother says something at some point (I'm paraphrasing and likely misquoting): "I hope you never love anyone as much as I love you." That stuck with me, as much as the necessity of saying I love you.

Sentiment, be damned. When it resonates this deeply with the authentic experience of grief and loss, I'm ok with it.

message 18: by Kim (new)

Kim A-hem...

"but the first sentence of any review I may write will be "Thank you, Kim."

message 19: by Kim (new)

Kim EM... spot on..

another reason I think that this book needs to be read. (you know who you are)

message 20: by J (new)

J Kim: Please see revised review.

Muse: That's a very good point. I was thinking about the reaction of some who'd tried the audio (Ben) while I was reading. How could it possibly translate? The visuals are required for full effect.

message 21: by J (new)

J Also, I think that's exactly the quote. "I hope you never love anything as much as I love you." It really stuck with me as well.

message 22: by Kim (new)

Kim Aww.. feelin' the love. I really am. :)

Jennifer (aka EM) J wrote: "I was thinking about the reaction of some who'd tried the audio (Ben) while I was reading. How could it possibly translate? "

I don't think it can, not as a total experience anyway. While I haven't heard the audio version, I can imagine though that Oskar could come across as an insufferably precocious (and precious) little twat. Knowing that this was the case for Ben, who heard it, and others who read it, I had my guard up. But instead, I just saw Oskar as this very hurt (albeit very weird) little boy.

message 24: by Jennifer (aka EM) (last edited Jun 22, 2010 06:26PM) (new)

Jennifer (aka EM) Sticking my head back in ... the other thing about this book, and about Oskar as a character and narrator, which really rang so true was his conflicted relationship with his mom. I thought it so very deftly handled, how JSF never focused on her anywhere; we always saw her through Oskar's distorted filter of grief and confusion. And yet, we also saw so clearly her pain. That is some work with POV there, huh?

The scene where he says he wishes it had been her instead of his father, and how JSF lets that scene unfold--that was masterfully done, and absolutely wrenching.

I want to read this book again, and I just finished it not two weeks ago.

message 25: by J (new)

J I agree. As both a mother and a daughter that scene rang so true it hurt.

message 26: by Kim (new)

Kim I need to re-read it too... I just don't think I'm strong enough right now.

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