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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Review

This book was unlike any other that I have ever read before…

Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Brief Synopsis: On September 11, 2001, Oskar Schell’s dad died. Ever since that fateful day, nothing in his life has been the same. While going through his dad’s closet, Oskar finds an envelope addressed to Black. It contains a key, but it doesn’t open anything in his house. In a desperate attempt to figure out what the key unlocks, Oskar decides to visit every single person with the last name  “Black” who lives in New York City. Along the way, he meets a unique cast of characters, and the reader is able to observe his healing process. The story is also interwoven with letters, journal entries, and relevant pictures.

My Opinion: I adore this book! This was my first time reading a novel by Mr. Foer, and it definitely won’t be my last. Typically, I prefer a book that has some sense of order to it; at first, this book seems to have absolutely none. For example, the first chapter is full of Oskar’s random observations and ideas (teakettles, talking butts, jujitsu, limos, etc.).

I officially decided to just let myself go with the flow (which was difficult, but I managed to do it with success!) to see where the narrative would take me. I was pleasantly surprised to see that different points of view overlapped, and things that happened in the beginning were brought up again and explained. 

Going into it, I now realize that I knew very little about this book. It is about SO much more than a young boy traveling through New York to find a key.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I won’t say much more. However, I DO want to tell you that my favorite scene in the entire novel was Oskar’s therapy session. I laughed so hard that tears were streaming down my face!!

I highly recommend reading this book soon, especially since the movie is getting ready to come out in theaters.