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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Feb 14, 12

it was amazing
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Read from February 07 to 14, 2012

Intellectually deep was how I would describe this book. Oskar Schell took us on a journey through his traumatic experience of losing a parent, and the effects it has on children. He also let us experience how he felt losing a parent to the devastating event of 9/11. Oskar is a tremendously intellectual and smart child. Although he shows signs of Asperger's, in my opinion, he does a marvelous job in overcoming his fears and concerns that come up in his life.

Oskar goes on a search that he believes his father would have wanted him to do. He takes on an adventure, plans out his journey, and ensures that no stone is left unturned for him to accomplish this great task. He organizes and plots out how he can figure out how to find the lock that this mysterious key his father left behind opens. He meets a multitude of people that invites him into their lives, shares stories, encourages him, and motivates him to push on in his endless journey.

He learns about himself, his life, his family, his mother, his father, his grandmother, and his unknown grandfather. Oskar is determined to find the lock, and somehow grow closer to his dad in this adventure.

As readers, we are pulled into Oskar's life by the visual aids the author shares, the vivid imagery that captivates us to learn more, and as readers, we are like someone who is seeing this journey unfold right before our eyes. Seems almost tangible! The author is magnificent in revealing the photos, the words, the blank pages, the clues into learning more about Oskar, and it is ingenious! I wish all of the books I read were like this!

Hands down this has been the best book I've read this year. I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those who have experienced a lost parent, or a 9/11 tragedy. I would rate this book a 5.
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Brandon Westside I think I may buy this book because it's only $.25 from Google...can't beat that price...

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