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Water For Elephants

Since I absolutely LOVE to read, I have decided to do mini book reviews for you guys once I finish a book. It might give a little insight on books you wouldn’t normally choose to read.

I just finished reading the book Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Water for Elephants book review

Wow, I thought this book was beautifully written, AND I am not even saying that just because R-Patz stars in the movie rendition of the novel. This book tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, an aspiring veterinarian, who leaves college during his very last college exam after laying his parents to rest the week prior. He left with no where to go, just a desire to be gone.

He stumbles upon and joins a traveling circus as a Cornell educated vet for all of the exotic animals. The story takes us through the rough times and the happy times in the circus during the Depression Era. Most of all, Sara Gruen brilliantly takes us through the growth and development of a young man as he is so violently thrown into the “real” world. We see Jacob develop from a naive young adult to a man who is willing to fight for the love of his life.

I don’t know if you can tell or not from my very brief description of the book, but I REALLY loved it. The whole time I found myself really connecting with the main character. It is not because I can relate to his story, but just because it felt real. The anguish, the passion, the love… every bit of it felt real.

Gruen really took the time to make this story of the circus accurate. She definitely did her research. If someone were to tell me it were a true story, I would believe them. In fact, many parts of the novel are from real events in history. She just brilliantly combined them into one captivating story.

I don’t want to give anything away, but my favorite part of the book was the end. She left the novel finishing in a way that did not leave many unanswered questions; rather, she left it in a way that makes you so happy for the main character. He is left in a place where he is meant to be.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a very fulfilling read. It is a great choice for plane rides during summer vacations or just for lounging around. I can’t wait to go see the movie now. I really hope they did the book justice.

Water for Elephants

MMM I love me some R-Patz.

Happy reading,
Stacie

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