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“Water for Elephants” tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a young man who is filled with grief due to the loss of his parents. Not knowing what to do with his life, Jacob runs away from veterinarian school and finds himself with nowhere to go. Jacob hops on a train and starts his adventure.
I was excited by this character’s name and instantly felt a connection. My mom’s maiden name is Jankowski, and it doesn’t seem like that is a very popular surname. It was easy for me to imagine that Jacob was a long lost relative of mine and I was sitting next to him listening to him reminisce.
Though the main story takes place when Jacob was young, he is telling it from the vantage point of his older self. The parts of the book that take place in Jacob’s nursing home are heartbreaking. Again, being able to imagine the character as my own family, I wanted to go save Jacob, but I knew the story wouldn’t be the same.
I would highly recommend “Water for Elephants” to anyone who enjoys a good story with relatable characters. I can imagine you sitting out on the patio with a glass of iced tea, losing track of time as you become absorbed into the tale of Jacob and his life with the circus. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
Giveaway: I am giving away my copy of "Water for Elephants" to one reader who wants to read the book. PLEASE NOTE: This is a USED copy, and it is well-loved. Please do not think you will be getting a new or near-new copy of this book.
U.S. entries only, please. This giveaway will be open through Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 8:00 PM Arizona time. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will have 48 hours to accept prize from the time I email. If the winner does not respond, a second number will be picked using the same method.
There are several ways to win. Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email in each so I can contact you if you win. There are five ways to enter. Enter once or all five times. It's up to you!
Entry #1: Tell me what appeals to you about "Water for Elephants." In other words, WHY do you want to read this book?
Entry #2: Follow my blog, Karen's Healthy Lifestyle, via Google Friend Connect. See the left side bar to follow. If you are already a follower, just be sure to leave a comment saying so!
Entry #3: "Like" Karen's Healthy Lifestyle on Facebook- see left side bar for link. If you already do this, just leave me a comment letting me know!
Entry #4: Read the first chapter of "The Puppy Who Refused to Die" and come back here to tell me your experience with animal rescue.
Entry #5: "Like" The Puppy Who Refused to Die on Facebook and leave him a note to say hello! Don't forget to come back here and leave a comment that you've done this.
Good luck on the giveaway, and happy reading!