I had always heard about a book called "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer who is an amazing writer and wrote "Everything is Illuminated" prior to this novel. However, since I was never too interested in reading, I never had the chance to actually pick it up. Now that I read very often, I decided that this book had to be on my "to read" list. Finally, a couple of weeks ago I borrowed it from my new town's library (so excited that I can actually walk a mile to the library and pick out books so I do not always have to read off of my Kindle!) and started reading immediately. From the first ten pages I was already in love. I could not put it down and I was already sad thinking that it would end sometime soon. This novel tells the story of little 9-year-old Oskar who is very intelligent and outgoing. Oskar's father died during 9/11 and this boy finds a key amongst his father's stuff and decides to search around New York City for the meaning of this key. The story was amazing and you will fall in love with Oskar who will be a character you will remember and be inspired by. I absolutely recommend this novel and already feel like I want to read it another time.