Mariner Books, 2005. Print.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Written by: Jonathan Safran Foer
Reviewed by: Joseph Nguyen
Recommended audience: High school or older
Oskar Schell is a nine year old boy that has lost his father in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Oskar is a boy that is very mature and smart for his age while he still comes up with the crazy things that a normal 9 year old boy might come up with. He is very awkward and has a strange way of thinking.Therefore one might suspect that he has autism. Oskar is forced to deal with the death of his dad and is very heavyhearted whenever he thinks of his dad. He finds comfort talking to his grandmother and is constantly visiting her throughout the story. He One day, Oskar finds a key in an envelope with the name Black on the envelope. Oskar makes it his goal to find whatever the key opened. He decides to find every person with the last name Black in New York City.
Oskar meets many people while he is trying to find the purpose of the key. He meets a woman named Abby Black who he becomes friends with. He tries to cheer Abby up because he sees that Abby is very sad. He also meets a man named Mr. Black who happens to be his neighbor. Mr. Black goes along with Oskar to help find the origin of the key. In a way, Oskar is able to stay close to his dad while he is searching for the origin of the key. After all the searching, Oskar finds the origin of the key and what is finds is not exactly what he was looking for.
Review of the book by The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/22/books/22kaku.html?_r=0
About the author: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Safran_Foer