After a few years of my best friend telling me I just had to read this novel, I finally picked it up a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did. I finished it within few days after I started reading it because I could not put it down. This book is by far one of the most captivating novels I have read in a while. In Jonathan Safran Foer’s wonderfully written novel, a young boy named Oskar makes his way all over New York City in search of a lock, door, or other object that fits a key he finds left behind by his late father. Even though the book and the film have been out for a while I won’t give away any spoilers; however, I will say that I experienced every emotion available while reading this novel. When I was laughing at the adorably awkward moments Oskar has, I was loudly sobbing at the poor situations that Oskar and his family members find themselves in throughout the course of the story. Although the point of view is told from the nine-year-old Oskar Schell, the voice definitely has a more sophisticated tone to it as we see Oskar is different from others his age. He is verbally advanced and has an obscure view on everyday things. I found this to be very refreshing as I am not entirely sure I could read an entire novel that was written from a true childlike mind; let’s just say To Kill A Mockingbird was not my favorite book and I may or may not have wanted to claw my eyes out when reading it. Anyway, the point is Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is such a great reading choice and I highly recommend you add it to your summer reading list (yes I have a reading list…but you can’t really judge me because I’m a dedicated English major okay) because you will definitely be glad you did!