Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is about Jacob Jankowski, a polish veterinary science student who runs away to a circus after his parents die in a car accident. In this book we hear about Jacob’s life at the circus working as a vet there. In addition to getting to know Jacob as a young man, we also meet him as an old man in living at an old folks home.
If you like animals this is a book for you. Throughout the story we can clearly see that Sara Gruen loves animals, as they are a big part of the story. However, this book is a more of a serious book and if you only enjoy funny books this is not the book for you. Nevertheless, there are always things happening in the book. Many books I easily find boring because they are quite slow. In Water for Elephants there are always things happening. I do believe this book is targeted a little more towards girls rather than boys, however I do think boys could find it entertaining as well.
I really loved Water for Elephants and it is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I especially liked the fact that Sara Gruen gave us the chance to get to know both old and young Jacob, and I really think that it adds the little extra to the story. One of the reasons I liked it is probably because I really like animals, but also because I think it is a great story.