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Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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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.

9 thoughts on “Book Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  1. I saw the movie and never knew there was a book. It was such a striking story and very well-told in images. I wonder if anyone has read the book and seen the movie and can say how they compare?

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  2. Sounds wonderful! I love books that I can’t read without a pen or pencil. Some people like to keep their books looking pristine, but mine always look like they’ve fallen down the side of a mountain and then been dipped in graphite when I’m done. Thanks for the great review. I’m hooked!

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