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Book Review of Water For Elephants

Water For Elephants
Water For Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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I really wanted to enjoy this book because of all the hype it got ... but it was just too depressing for me! I finished it, but it was definitely a struggle.

Don't get me wrong, Sara Gruen is a fantastic writer! The book makes you feel like you're back in the Great Depression experiencing everything they did. I LOVED the whole idea of running away and joining the circus.

I expected the book to focus more on the romance and I think that's where I was dissapointed! For me, I didn't feel that the two main characters had any chemistry.

The way the story was progressing, I expected a predictable and melancholy end to the book ... but I was wrong. The ending was the best part of the book for me!

So it was a little too sad for my taste (and I definitely didn't like the animal abuse), but I don't regret reading it!