I borrowed this book from my friend one summer and I really loved it. I had already seen the movie and since she had the book, I thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did! This book effortlessly switches from elderly Jacob to young Jacob and, to be honest, I love both version of the character equally. Elderly Jacob is hilarious yet sad. His wit made me smile while I was reading it - probably not a good thing because I was reading it whilst at my friend's place. Right away, I grew attached to the characters. Also, there were more plot twists in the book than there is in the film (which I was expecting). I was so engrossed in the book that I zoned out. Just like that. When my friend was giving away her books, I jumped at the chance to own her copy. "But you've already read it," she'd said. Ya, well, I wanted to be able to read it again. I highly recommend this. It's intricate, complex and heartbreaking yet heartwarming.