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REVIEW: ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’


Julianna Ruiz

Julianna Ruiz

A problem many of us have is picking up a book and not knowing if we’ll like it or not. I mean come on, all you have to go by is a tiny little summary on the inside cover. But, never fear, Julianna is here to fix this elephant-sized problem! And yes, it’s that serious.

My first review for you is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, which was made into a movie in 2011. This book is for those of you who have learned to read through your tears, who appreciate the smaller things and characters you can’t help but fall in love with.

bookcoverThis book captures the lives of a family devastated by 9/11. This story is about a family that loves too much to make their hearts stop hurting.; a boy looking for one last glimmer of hope; a mother wanting to provide that glimmer, and a grandmother that just wants to protect her grandson.

The story is told through a young boy’s eyes and a few unsent letters.

This book is one of the most unique and extraordinary stories about the 9/11 tragedy. It explores the effect this kind of tragedy has on each member of this family, and a young boy’s search for closure regarding his father’s death.

You will go on a journey with 9-year-old Oskar Schell as he is making his way through the five boroughs of New York, meeting people that will ultimately help him come to terms with what has happened to his family.

Reading this book is a roller coaster of emotions. You will smile, and you’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and you’ll love. I have loved reading this book and highly recommend it. If you don’t know what to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is the book for you.

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