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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Mar 27, 2009

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Read in March, 2009

I had just read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime a few months ago, so with that in my brain, for the first 80 pages or so of this book I kept wondering "What is going on here? Is this kid supposed to be autistic or something too? It doesn't seem like it, but..." Oskar, the "precocious" 9 year old narrator is completely unbelievable as a character. Finally I just decided to try to overlook this flaw as basically a poor writing choice. Once I got past that, I liked this book quite a bit, but I found Oskar's grandparents' story much more engaging and moving than Oskar's quest. Overall, I enjoyed the inventive writing style, but thought the actual plot was weak.

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