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message 1: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I felt the same way...and then it all clicked for me! x


message 2: by Danielle (new)

Danielle I haven't started it yet. I am dragging my feet...


message 3: by Christina (new)

Christina White I think the pictures were just the straw that broke the camels back for me.. Worst book of the year for me so far!


message 4: by Jenn(ifer) (new)

Jenn(ifer) I remember liking this way back when I read it... but I honestly don't remember it at all!


message 5: by Laurin (new)

Laurin I'm not finished yet, but I completely agree! I cannot stand the writing style. The grandfather really adds nothing. Oskar is a bit annoying. I also hate the pictures. I don't need pictures of doorknobs!


message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan The pictures at the end are a flip book, and if you flip through them quickly, instead of seeing a person falling to their death, you see the person rising into the sky. I loved this book, but agree that it is very polarizing and not for everyone.


message 7: by Christina (new)

Christina White Susan wrote: "The pictures at the end are a flip book, and if you flip through them quickly, instead of seeing a person falling to their death, you see the person rising into the sky. I loved this book, but agr..."

That image is a photo someone's loved one in their last moments. It shouldn't be in a flip book.

To each her own though. :) Happy reading


message 8: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Martin I personally think this is the best book of the year. The grandfather's way of writing, the grandmother's letters, the pictures, I enjoyed it all. I never found Oskar annoying. I guess that's because I'm nearer to his age than most of you here? I loved his humor and intelligence. I pitied him and even geared up a bit. I guess the way he is throughout the story is an effect of what his father's death? I mean, if I were nine, and my father passed away, and my mom fell in love with someone else, I'd certainly feel the way Oskar is. Imagine not answering the phone when your father was in a life or death situation! It would really upset me if I didn't talk to him when I had the chance to.

I think I'd continue to babble on about how this book really affected me. Sorry bout that.


message 9: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Martin **teared


message 10: by Alison (new)

Alison I stopped reading after the second chapter. It didn't pull me in at all. After reading your review, I believe we have a similar sentiment.


message 11: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Culver Oh. My. God. I am only half way through the book. Actually, just reached the part where he meets Mr. Black. I was annoyed with Oskar after the first few pages. He is cute in some ways, but to me his little "quirks" - like you said - are way over the top some times. At points he seems to be older than 9 and at others much younger. And that letter from his grandmother?! What in the world?! Why would anyone tell their 9 year-old grandchild about their sex life? I absolutely adore Thomas Sr. Though, I am hoping his story some how ties into the rest. I have a feeling that the author simply had too many stories in his mind and was too lazy to finish each one and instead jammed them into one book.


message 12: by Christina (new)

Christina White Stephanie wrote: "Oh. My. God. I am only half way through the book. Actually, just reached the part where he meets Mr. Black. I was annoyed with Oskar after the first few pages. He is cute in some ways, but to me hi..."

yeah... we are totally on the same page! lol


message 13: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Heath I wished I had read your review before I read the book, you would have saved me a lot of time! I couldn't agree more, the time flipping was extremely annoying, and honestly? What 9 year old talks like Oskar? I found myself only finishing it to get to the point, and we never did...or am I alone on that? I was very disappointed, considering the movie trailers made me want to read it...has anyone seen the movie? Is it better than the book?


message 14: by Christina (new)

Christina Hesterman Okay, Iknow that everyone has there own opinions and all but I totally dissagree! Safran Foer has a post modern way of writing (which explains all the random punctuation and choppy sentences) which I beleive make it more interesting. His style of writing kind of reminds me of McCarthy's in the Road which is a book I also really like. (Both these books I read for a contemporary liturature class). I think this book also beautifully expresses the tragic reality of 911 and our desire to see time turn around (which I am preparing a presentation on right now). Also, If you looked at the pictures, they where not random at all. They all connected to a previous (and in very few cases future) part of the story which made it more interesting for me. Yes, the story line did jump around (which I think also comes from a post-modern writing style) but it wasn't hard to follow. It may sometimes take you a while to figure out who's narrating, but that just keeps you concentrated and its impossible to zone out. I also enjoy the many story lines because I get bored of one story line very easily, but this story definintly kept me interested throughout. Well... To each their own.


message 15: by Amber (new)

Amber In regards to the grandparents writing letters to Oskar.... According to the other letters written that were never sent I feel like Oskar will never read these letters either....


message 16: by Liz (new)

Liz Thank you for this review! I totally know how you feel!
I had very similar problems with this book!!


message 17: by Christina (new)

Christina White Liz wrote: "Thank you for this review! I totally know how you feel!
I had very similar problems with this book!!"


Thanks for liking it!


message 18: by Emily (new)

Emily I love how direct you are and I also agree. I can't understand how people like this book!


Elicbyfoeristheworstbookever Thank you for your review a lot! Agree with every word of it. I am really happy there are people that hate it at least half as much as me. And you know how they say that everyone should have the own opinion, but the fact that some people (I guess even more than half) like this book is really-really sad. If anyone found this garbage "moooving" then it's not the author that did that, but rather the events themselves, and people are mislead into thinking the author did a good job, so I guess I can understand how one can like it, but still.. horrible!
There should be a book about 9/11 and that is NOT it. What a disrespect to the victims of 9/11. This is like a terrorist attack on literature.


message 20: by Ali (new)

Ali Bhatti I found that picture of the ape man and women quite random and disturbing, other than that I'm getting a hard time trying to understand the grandfather character..I mean..he could initially speak in the beginning and suddenly stops talking and point at written words instead? Is that really a condition? I'm sorry for sounding a bit ignorant, I'm still reading the book but also have to force myself to read gramps letter to try and maybe figure out what his ordeal had been?!


message 21: by Daria (new)

Daria I did really enjoy the book, so I do not agree with your review. Although it was hard to read/follow, so I will give you that, but I thought that some of your points were invalid, but we're all entitled to our own opinions, right? Also, you misspelled the main characters' name.


message 22: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Gomez Jonathan's style of writing is completely contemporary. I found it really beautiful. The whole point of the key was not to find something that it fits. It was some kind of a last exploration for Oskar and he got to talk to people and travel around New York by himself. It made him conquer his fears.


message 23: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Gomez Jonathan's style of writing is completely contemporary. I found it really beautiful. The whole point of the key was not to find something that it fits. It was some kind of a last exploration for Oskar and he got to talk to people and travel around New York by himself. It made him conquer his fears.


message 24: by Iziah (new)

Iziah Thompson "half squirrel and half crack head" lmao


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