Not Your Ordinary Circus Story


          In the thrilling book of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Jacob has suddenly found himself in a circus.

          In the thrilling book of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Jacob has suddenly found himself in a circus.  After the death of his parents, he can't concentrate on his college tests. He throws the final veterinary exams out the door (but not literally) and storms out the room, leaving behind his beloved Catherine Hale. Not only does he leave Catherine, he leaves everything. His home. His college. His life. Jacob walks for hours along the train tracks until his feet have blisters in them when suddenly he hears chunk- a chunk- a- chunk- a. A train. Suddenly sprinting, he somehow manages to make a huge leap of faith and land in a room in the train. People are staring at him. Deciding whether they should throw Jacob right back off or not, a man named Camel steps in and says that this strange boy may be useful. Begrudgingly, the men decide to let him stay… in the circus? This is not just any train ride, they explain. It's "the best in the world circus." The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.   This is the beginning and end of Jacob's tail- spinning, whirlwind of a  life. One moment he was about to be a be veterinarian. The next a circus workman. Is it fate or merely coincidence that his next life path is aboard a circus train where he happens to be involved in a secret romance? You'll just have to read it to find out.


          Water for Elephants is an anticipating, fascinating, and wondrous book. I was hooked right from the start. There were no flaws in my eyes, and the author's writing style is close to perfection. This novel is technically considered historical and romantic fiction, but in my opinion, it's in its own category because of its originality. Also, it had many awesome references to real events that happened in real circuses. For example, there really was an elephant who pulled out his stake and drank lemonade out of its barrel while everyone was trying to blame a human for the sudden disappearance. This circus story is very inappropriate for kids 12 and under because of its references to sex, cursing, and alcohol. Water for Elephants is very lengthy unless you are a girl who loves romance books. Then you'll be thinking to yourself, "Already? Why does it ever have to end?" You will be encapsulated in the magic of the circus, why everything has a price to your actions, and how true love always finds a way. There are no words to describe this fabulous book, and if you are a romantic- reader or want something totally unique, read Water for Elephants. You won't be disappointed.