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I’m in love with Oskar and I don’t care that he’s 12 years old.

This is one of the most intimate and lovely novels I’ve ever read. I should have realized that I would fall madly in love since it is written by Jonathan Safran Foer, writer of “Everything is Illuminated,” honestly one of my favorite movies, ever.

Oskar Schell is the main character of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel He’s a collector, a jeweler and an intellectual who loves deeply and thinks carefully. He’s the kind of boy I’d want my niece to fall in love with. His family has history and tradition and extraordinary moments of benign history. The Schells are “noticers.”

The story is focused around the death of Oskar’s father and Oskar’s search for meaning to it all. I haven’t finished the book yet, so I can’t give it away. I’m about half way through it and don’t ever want it to end.

I’ll update when I’ve finished.

[January 10, 2008]

I have finished this book. The last few pages gave me heavy, heavy boots. I love you, Jonathan Safran Foer, even if you have a crazy name I can never quite remember. I {heart} NY! I love you! This book was so, so, so great. I’m going to pick up Everything is Illuminated next. Please let there be more. If you’re JSF and you’re reading this, come to our house. I will not molest you, and I will not allow Justin to molest you either, even though we will both want to, obviously, but not really. I will make you some incredible vegetarian fare and we can talk about earthworms and rocket ships.