I mentioned a little while back that I started a book club in the neighborhood with a few friends. I am happy to find more reasons to read! We read this book for our first get together. It sparked some pretty good conversation from the ladies!
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
I liked the book. I thought it was a little strange and hard to read and get into at first, but overall was a very interesting story. I don’t think it would be the first book I would recommend to people, but I certainly wouldn’t tell people not to read it (if that makes sense.)
I found that I didn’t really analyze the book as much as my friends did, though. I think I need to try harder on the next book. (Which is “My Year With Eleanor: A Memoir” in case you are curious.) This book definitely provoked some feelings, both good and bad, from my friends. But I don’t want to sway you one way or the other with that. I know….I’m so mean!
I am curious to see the movie someday. I wonder how it is in relation to the books. Usually books are better, but I am not sure that would be the case for this one. Someday I might watch the movie, and if I remember, I will report back on my thoughts on the two.
Are any of you in a book club? What type books do you stay away from or flock to when you are reading for a book club? Or for yourself?