Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen I really enjoyed Water for Elephants. It was just one big adventure of craziness. I mean, how can you not love the old "running away to join the circus" story? Of course, this is a more realistic version of the story. It also takes place during the Depression, so it's mixed in with all the corruption and drinking from that era. So yeah, it's more of a dark circus story, which I thought was cool. Sara Gruen put a lot of careful research into the story and it showed.A lot of people saw me reading this book and said "Oh, I heard that the beginning of the book really hooks you but the rest is boring." I guess I can see why people would say that. I mean, it's one of those books that starts at the ending and then goes back to the beginning again. So it starts with this wild animal stampede and an elephant killing a dude and it's like "WHOA! AWESOME!" Then in the next chapter, you find out the main character is 93 years old and living in a nursing home. And I can see how that's like "… Okay. Not so exciting anymore." But I wouldn't agree that it was "boring". Even though the main character is almost a century old, the story is mostly his memories of the past. And all the circus stuff is pretty crazy. I liked the nursing home parts too; they were very unique, touching, etc.Over all, I thought it was a great book. Well-researched, unique story, believable characters, romance, violence, humor, you name it. I loved it. :)