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Christian College Geelong Senior Library: Lovers of literature

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Utterly engaging. From the very first page it is a hugely involving read ……. a heartbreaker: tragic, funny, intensely moving” Spectator

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in the city. He embarkes on an urgent secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. 
 Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother and driven by a relentlessly active mind that refuses to believe in things  that can’t be observed, Oskar begins searching New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.

This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey. It takes him beyond his own loss to a greater understanding of the observable world around him.

Review by Good Reads

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April 27, 2012 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Mystery | | Leave a comment

Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt

Ugly People don’t have feelings. They’re not like everyone else. They don’t notice if you stare at them and turn away. And if they did notice, it won’t hurt them. They’re not like real people. or that’s what I used to think.        

           

After the car crash that leaves her best friend dead, Jenna is permanently scarred. She struggles to rebuild her life, but every stare in the street, every time she looks in the mirror, makes her want to retreat further from the world. Until she meets Ryan.

Ryan’s a traveller. When he and his mother moor their narrow boat on the outskirts of a village, she tells him this time it will be different. He doesn’t believe her; he can’t imagine why this place shouldn’t be as unwelcoming as the rest. Until he meets Jenna.

But as Jenna and Ryan grow closer, repercussions from the crash continue to reverberate through the community. And then a body is found..                                                                                                                                                                                                 review by Good Reads

April 27, 2012 Posted by | Mystery, Relationships | | Leave a comment