The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Janessa’s Pick:

(Knopf, 2005)

The Book Thief offers up a much-needed fresh spin on Nazi Germany, telling not of the Holocaust but the story of a girl named Liesel Meminger. The story begins as Liesel and her brother are being taken to Molching, Germany to be left with Hans and Rosa Hubermann, their new foster parents. And that’s when Liesel steals her first book.

There’s more to the story than that, though. The book continues through the rest of her life and the rest of the war, introducing us to lovable characters such as Hans, Rudy, and Max, and even more that may take a while to grow on you but definitely will. The character development in this book was just phenomenal. Actually, everything is. Not many people seem to disagree with me, considering the amount of awards Zusak has racked in with this book.

It’s quite obvious as to what makes this book so unique, that being the narrator. Death itself. Instead of making the book overly morbid, Death is made out to be a sympathetic entity who is less than fond of the war.

The Book Thief is an absolute must-read. It’s touching, it’s funny, it’s different. I’ve never read anything quite like it before. Zusak has written one of those rare books that, no matter how many times you’ve read it, you still can’t put it down.

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