book reviews

the book thief review

the book thief by markus zusak (re-read)
rating: 4.5/5

genre: YA, historical fiction


It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery….

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

my thoughts:

OH MY GOSH. i have a confession: i read this book for the first time 1-2 years ago, and i didn’t really like it. i was always confused by why people loved this book so much, but NOW I GET IT!

this was absolutely amazing. i actually had to read this for school, which i usually hate, but i loved the book nonetheless! the narration was so unique and interesting. death follows the life of liesel, explaining every event very differently than normal narrators would. we get to see things from death’s perspective: what death thinks when someone dies, when there’s a war, or when a young girl (liesel) watches her brother die. although it’s narrated by death, we see a very human side of world war ii. the writing style was amazing as well. i’ve read one other book by markus zusak—i am the messenger—and i also enjoyed the writing in that book.

i loved the characters in this book, not just liesel and rudy, but also hans and rosa, liesel’s foster parents. the family aspect of this story is just so amazing. you really see hans and rosa connect to liesel and accept her as if she were their biological daughter. through their actions, you can tell that they care about her, and she cares about them. liesel and rudy are both such lovable characters, especially together. the romance was so cute, but it left me crying in the end. i have to admit that it was a little unsatisfying, but i know that’s what zusak intended.

the book thief is definitely way deeper than other YA books. it’s not just about a girl surviving during world war ii. to me, it’s about love, loss, family, and friendship.

overall, i absolutely, absolutely recommend the book thief to anyone who’s looking for something that’s a little deeper.

goodreads || book depository

have you read this? what did you think?


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