Year pub: 2006
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Ahhh, the ending. I told the book and what happens? Yeah, a big horrific ending. Made me tear up.
DON'T END IT LIKE THAT!!!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak sets during the WWII in Germany where there is Hitler, Jews, and innocent people under harsh times. Uniquely, the book is narrated by Death. Why is it narrated by Death? Yes, you get to know that once you get into it. Quitely, I don't think I knew what I was expecting: thievery, books, wars? Just not sure how to sum that up.
Our main character Liesel Meminger comes into the story with thievery of books--in where she gets taught from her Papa. Let's introduce the characters now, shall we?
Liesel is a German and her character was different. I liked her spunk and how she maneuvered through her life. In a way, I would say she had a big heart and was living as a teenage during WWII.
There was Rudy. Ahh, Rudy. Yes, I liked his dialogue and how he wanted a kiss from Liesel. He made me laugh and in the end made me cry. He was charming.
Hans Hubberman is Liesel's foster dad and he taught Liesel how to read. He was a sweet dad and really cared for Liesel like his own child. When Liesel had nightmares he was there.
Rosa Hubberman is Liesel's foster mom and even though she was harsh, with big bad words splurging out, somewhere down there, she loved Liesel just as much. But in a different way of showing it, that's all.
There was also the only Jew really dignified named Max. I liked him. He was nice and just was a willing living being in this story.
And Death? Death is a total mystery and chills me a little.
Zusak's writing style was smooth and flowed from one chapter to another. Even though the chapters were short, it was comforting to know what would happen. Though, it took me about three chapters until I actually could just sit and read, but once I did it was nice and soothing. It's nice how he took a topic with a narrator as Death and somehow make it so reassuring that the ending just slams into your face like a newspaper. Even though I don't really like slow paced book, this book kept me occupied and let ease into the story, it's characters, and the whole significance around it.