Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I had heard great things about this book, but it wasn't until I heard about the movie that I decided to read. And I'm definitely glad I did. Once I started the book I couldn't put it down. Seriously, I bought the book and was finished within 36 hours.
The book takes places in the 1930s and tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a college student who almost accidentally runs away and joins the circus. There is a romance story, and in a while it reminded me a lot of The Notebook. Besides the actual romance, there's all types of historical tidbits of what circus life was like during the Great Depression, and a fun bit of randomness are all the 1930's circus pictures throughout the book.
Having read the book I can't wait to see how they've done the movie. I don't think the movie lends itself very easily to the screen, but its such a great story I know why they're trying. I even think Robert Pattison should fit perfect as Jacob, and Reese Witherspoon will be great as Marlena, a performer whose act is with the liberty horses. It's easily one of the best books I've read in a while.
Anyone else love this book too? Or are you planning on waiting for the movie for this one?
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