In the book Owen's father says he's sure everything Owen keeps is "for something." That's exactly how I feel about this book. It's very long, and is filled to the brim with details, many of them seem arbitrary or irrelevant, but as the story progresses you notice that every single detail collected is for something. It's fantastic.
I have to give this book 5 stars because in the collective hour or so it took to read, it some how managed to play on my insecurities and leave me feeling completely awful. I don't know if "scary" is exactly the word I would use, but I have to admit I was nervous and anxious by the end... basically scared, yeah. I guess that is the word I would use.I've never read a book that used such simple language and was able to make me feel so strongly. It reminds me of reading chapter books like the Fudge series in elementary school ...except for how this book made me panicky and upset. I don't know if anybody else would react this strongly. It probably helps that I've never seen the movie, or even heard many cultural references, and that I generally have a lot of irrational anxieties to begin with. But it's a very quick read so I'd definitely recommend giving it a shot.