Book Review : Water for Elephants

Disclaimer: My “book review” may be kind of unconventional for some of you. I don’t care though. I hate long ridiculous book reviews. When I ask what someone thought about a book, I just want a “totally worth it!” or a “don’t waste your time girl!” So, here it is y’all…

As some of you know, I currently have a three year old. So, for the last year or so, my Goodreads challenges have been lost by the wayside. I haven’t been able to get through a whole book in quite a while which is really odd for me.

Well, this book!! I finally got through one: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and personally, I LOVED it!!

The first time I picked up this book, I must’ve just not been in the mood because I couldn’t even get through the first couple pages. This time, once through the first few, I blew through this book in maybe 2 or 3 days (and that is… FAST with a 3 year old.)

¬†Water for Elephants is a flashback or memoir type novel. The old man who is telling the story is now in a nursing home, and he’s basically dreaming the story of his youth and getting his start in the circus world. The book really delves into the darker side of circus life in the 1930s. Even though it’s technically fiction, many of the happenings are rooted in fact.

There’s action, adventure, violence, a little romance and a dash of danger. It had zero trouble holding my interest. I’m all about easier reads these days that I don’t have to really concentrate to decipher. This was one of those… a semi-quick, entertaining and easy read.

I would have definitely gone for 4/5 stars if it weren’t for the ending. The ending absolutely did it for me, and I’m all in at 5 of 5 stars.