I read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on Shannon‘s recommendation. All she really had to do was send me the quote, “There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So I buried them, and let them hurt me.” Sold.
The book follows the life of an nine-year-old boy, Oskar, after his father is killed in September 11th. Oskar finds a mysterious key in his father’s belongings and goes on an adventure to find what it opens. It’s gut-wrenching beautiful.
This isn’t the kind of book you rush through. I spent my time with every paragraph, circling things, underlining. The story is stunning, but the way it is told is pure bliss. A book you want to quote back to everyone. It was difficult to not read the whole thing aloud to anyone who would listen.