Teen Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer


Teen Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The events of September 11th, 2001 will forever hold resonance in the history of this country, but for the people that witnessed this horrid occurrence on television screens and had to endure the heart-breaking accounts from families, it’s particularly jarring. Mr. Foer places readers right in the aftermath of this tornado of hatred by introducing us to Oskar Schell, a nine year-old having to deal with the perishing of his beloved father. As with any kid dealing with such a devastating blow to their psyche, Oskar almost has an unemotional attitude towards the people around him, subconsciously viewing it as the only way to cope. He has been floating through the past year with a catatonic mindset, not exposing the consuming grief inside of him that was never let out. While searching through his dad’s clothes he is entranced by a blue vase, which subsequently drops exposing an envelope with a key in it. This piece of metal will bring Oskar into contact with numerous amounts of people throughout New York, dealing with every form of heartbreak.

On his journey, Oskar will encounter the truth about what it really means to love someone unconditionally and how even the most eccentric of beings can aide you in finding yourself. For teenagers, like myself, that were only three at the time of 9/11 this novel will offer new insight into what it was to like to grow up, so entwined with such a terrible day. If you become enraptured by books easily, this one will make you chuckle at the main characters witty commentary, ache at the injustice of this world, and force you to accept that sometimes the result of an excursion isn’t always what a person wants, but what they need.

Also by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Eating Animals

Everything is Illuminated

Reviewed by Alexandra R., TAB@DBPL Recording Secretary 2012-2013, Reader Advisor since 2012