Book Review: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Reviewed by Catherine Cole
The book follows the story of tragic, yet extremely gifted 9-year-old named Oskar Schell. His father, Thomas Schell, dies in the World Trade Center on 9/11. About a year after the accident, Oskar finds a secret key hidden in an envelope in his father's closet with the name “Black” written on it.
Oskar takes a mission upon himself to find a lock that fits that key.
Parallel to Oskar's story in the novel is his grandparent's story. It includes heart-wrenching letters by both grandparents that tell their life story.
“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is is a wonderful book.
Not only does it give you a heart-warming story of a tragically sad child, but it is filled with his creative and quirky thoughts.
I would recommend it to anyone that I know in a heartbeat, though Foer wrote it for mature audiences.
Catherine Cole is a junior in the academically gifted program at Hahnville High School. She enjoys writing, reading, photography and film.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published weekly during the summer in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program.
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