i'm so glad i was able to end 2011 on a good note as far as reading goes. there have definitely been some ups & downs this year, but this was definitely a high.
jacob jankowski is a 23 year old vet student at cornell only days away from taking his finals and joining his father's practice. however, his parents are tragically killed in a car accident and jacob learns that his father mortgaged their home (this is right after the stock market crash) to send jacob to school and he is left with nothing. jacob is so overcome with grief, that he walks out on his exams and just starts walking- when a train comes by, he jumps it, not knowing how much his life is about to change. jacob has jumped a train belonging to the benzini brothers circus. he gets a permanent job by telling the ringmaster & animal trainer that he is a veterinarian. trouble begins to brew though when jacob falls in love with marlena- the star of the show and wife of animal trainer august. the story is told in flashbacks by jacob at the age of ninety, or ninety-three.
sara gruen is a wonderful writer and the story kept me entertained from start to finish. i also saw the movie and really enjoyed it. it doesn't hurt that it stars rob pattinson- but i thought it was a good interpretation of the book. a major character was morphed into another character, which took away from some of the story, but in the end was probably the best thing for the movie. i'd recommend both. charming story
book 4/5, movie 4/5.