June 9, 2014

The Book Thief

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to hand it to Markus Zusak. I have never read anything like The Book Thief. Ever.

I won The Book Thief in a giveaway held by [insert title here]. This is how I was given the opportunity to read this piece of art.

I must say first, that there were a lot of curse words, cuss words, etc. And I got permission from my mom to read it once I found out that there were some. Just wanted to point that out.

Onto the book:

The Book Thief takes place in Germany on a place called Himmel street. Himmel means heaven.

Liesel comes to that street. She comes and lives with a foster family. Her new Mama and her first Papa.

Papa teaches her to read and write.

And you know what Liesel does? She starts stealing (her first book was before any of this).

As it says on the back of my cover, "Zusak doesn't sugar coat anything". I love that, and it's so true. ;)

Papa, Mama, Rudy, Max, Tommy, Death, and Liesel are the most perfect characters ever.

Death is the POV character--one more thing to make this book outstanding.

I have to say why I marked this book as a rule breaker. I just have to. Just about everything I learned NOT to do while writing, was broken in this book. But it was done pretty expertly. =) Death gave us snippets far into the future. It was as if Zusak used three POVs. First person, second person, and third person.

Oh, and one other thing. I've never, ever, EVER cried over a book. The Book Thief was the first one. And I didn't just cry once. I cried five times in five different places.

Oops, I forgot one thing about the book. Max is the best character of all. Max's books are the best ones of all. Max is the best. No one in the book, not even Papa, can compare to Max.

I hope I'm allowed to watch the movie.

What I marked this book: ya, favorites, nazi, german, 2014 reads, so so so so sad, rule breaker, a must read

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  1. The movie is amazing! It has hardly any cussing in it. :)
    Awesome that you read the Book Thief! It's one of my favorites. :) I'm actually re-reading it at the moment. :)


  2. I'm so glad you liked it!
    It's for sure one of my favorites. Though I was disappointed about the cussing. I should've thought to warn you about that; sorry.
    But like it said, Zusak doesn't sugar coat anything, and that's another thing I liked about this book. I read the first part and had chills going down my back, thinking, "I know I am going to finish this book no matter how thick it is."
    I love the style it was written in too, knowing the rules and knowing when to break the rules. It was done very well.
    I think I'll have to reread this one soon.


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