Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close–Jonathan Safron Foer

Do you hear that? Angels. Angels are singing.

This was the perfect book to cleanse my soul (and brain) of the terribleness that is Fifty Shades.

It had been sitting on my shelf for months after watching the movie and I finally got low enough on my list to read it! (Yay me!) I’m so happy that I made it to this book because it was amazing. Beyond amazing, I just wanted to cry from the brilliant writing.

This book is based in the time after 9/11 and normally I’ve very adamant about not reading things that will upset me. Real life stuff that breaks my heart, give me a fictional story about mass murder and whatever, I can deal. But I’m so unbelievably happy that I took the time to read this. (Even though the characters and storyline weren’t real, obviously.)

Since I had already seen the movie, I knew how it ended, I knew the plot, I knew everything. Or so I thought. It was very different reading it in the staccato way that the author intended. The kid in the movie did a fantastic job of speaking the way that he does in the book and portraying this character exactly how I would’ve thought if I had read the book first.

I really enjoyed it and even if you have already seen the movie definitely take the time to do so too!

A woman actually interrupted my reading (huuuuge pet peeve of mine, but I found this amusing.) to tell me that I was reading an amazing book. And when I ignored her she insisted on telling me that it was amazing and said,”Excuse me? Yes, you there. You are reading an amazing book!” when I looked up at her like “Who me?”.

This woman and I sit across from each other every week while she waits for her kid to come out of their lesson and I sit waiting to go into mine. This is the first time she’s spoken to me in the seven-month span that I’ve been taking lessons.

That’s how impressive this book is.

One thought on “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close–Jonathan Safron Foer

  1. I didn’t realize that there was a book… I’ll have to read it. For that matter, I’ll have to watch the movie too lol. I just got it for Christmas, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. I will move it up on the list of things to do!

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