My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For me reading The Book Thief was a happy accident. I had just finished reading a book and was sitting around trying to figure out what I was going to read next. I noticed The Book Thief sitting on top of Deb’s to-read pile. I picked it up knowing nothing about the book (except the title). After reading the first page I couldn’t put it down.
I was surprised and intrigued that the story was being told by Death. The story starts in 1939 Germany and revolves around a little girl named Liesel (the book thief), her foster parents, a neighbor boy, and a Jew.
I ended up loving all the characters (even those that were less likable). Markus Zusak did a wonderful job of humanizing all the characters and showing the horrors of war from all perspectives. The best thing about this story is the way it shows that people are people and that there are good people everywhere (including Nazi Germany).
There are many books that I love and would recommend to “everyone”. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is one of the few books that I think should be read by everyone. For me it’s right there with To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
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