Don’t worry! I haven’t forgotten to do more book reviews! However, it is the last day of my vacation so I’m getting all packed up to head back to college tomorrow.
instead of the other three I was going to review:
Devil in the White City
The Truth About Forever
Someone Like You
And it makes me just want to spread some info on some books that I’ve read in my life. I love recommendations: both giving them and recieving them. I suppose that is the inspiration for this spontaneously new blog
By Jonathan Safran Foer
Opinion: Interesting, Quick Read
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Abstract, modern history
Summary and Review: This book recently became a movie; I have yet to see it, but I did enjoy the book. This was a summer reading book of mine for an AP English class in High school. To be honest, it would not have been a book that I would have chosen on my own, though I did grow fond of it. I thought the characters were really in depth and they each had their own story. The more you read, the more understanding you perceive about each person.
This book follows a young boy named Oskar Schell whose father had died in the tragedy of 9/11. When he finds a key in his dad’s old things, he is determined to set off on a secret quest to discover what it unlocks. Though he is only nine years old, he knows he is destined to find something at the end of this journey. Oskar looks up names in phone books, keeps secrets from his mother, and even travels into homes of strangers in an attempt to decipher one of his father’s most intriguing possessions.
In the meantime, as a reader, you begin to learn more about his grandmother’s story growing up. It’s a story about forbidden love, understanding, empathy, and internal conflicts.
Though this book wasn’t my all time favorite novel, it was a fast read and sometimes writen in an abstract way. The book surprised me with some interesting pictures stuck in amongst the pages, and it was up to the reader to interpret what they meant within the context. I enjoyed the way the writing provoked thought. It was quirky and the book had a very nice closure and tenderness to a sorrowful situation.