“I feel too much. That’s what’s going on.’ ‘Do you think one can feel too much? Or just feel in the wrong ways?’ ‘My insides don’t match up with my outsides.’ ‘Do anyone’s insides and outsides match up?’ ‘I don’t know. I’m only me.’ ‘Maybe that’s what a person’s personality is: the difference between the inside and outside.’ ‘But it’s worse for me.’ ‘I wonder if everyone thinks it’s worse for him.’ ‘Probably. But it really is worse for me.”
The story is about a nine year old boy named Oskar Schell. When his father is killed in The World Trade Center attacks, everything slowly crumples down. Oskar didn’t really find it easy to process the whole tragic situation, so instead, he started getting panic attacks at night, and feeling insomniac at nights. As days went by, Oskar’s method of dealing with pain by bottling every single emotion he felt, made his suffering worse than ever. After months of not even being able to get close to any of his father’s stuff, one day, he forced himself to go into father’s closet and open it. He went through his stuff, and when he touched the blue vase, it broke down into little pieces. Strangely, there was a key in it. Oskar made a quest of finding the perfect lock that fits the key he found. So, each morning, he went to different people to ask them if they knew anything about his father. Oskar’s journey didn’t go fast as he thought it would, he spent so much time talking to people and getting to know them. He also brought a camera with him, to take a photo of each person he met. Oskar’s beautiful journey of looking for the mysterious lock of the key, will lead him to the most unexpected places.
First of all, let’s talk about Oskar and his father. I really loved the intelligent side of Oskar’s character. He’s not an average nine years old boy. His mind is bigger than him. Always wandering, looking for answers to every single thing he doesn’t quite understand. And his father is so sweet and kind. I literally cried my eyes out when I read this book. It’s so emotional and heart shattering. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close is one of those books that you wish you could go back in time, read it for the first time, and live the whole story all over again. The movie was such an impactful and clever adaptation of the book. It made me laugh, but most of the time, it made me feel sad and heart broken. Such an overwhelming movie, you should really watch it, but don’t forget to read the book first.