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Book Review: The Book Thief


Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: YA

In a Snapshot: Living with foster parents in Nazi Germany during WWII, Liesel Meminger learns how to read (and steal) books while becoming friends with a hidden Jew in her basement.

Why I picked it up and why I couldn’t put it down: I used to steal books as a teenage girl (um, yeah, I do not recommend this), and so I wanted to see what this girl’s story was all about. As expected, it ended up being devastatingly more beautiful than mine.

Who will like this? Anyone who appreciates beautiful language, unique narrators (Death narrates this), sophisticated plots and themes, & tissue-box moments.

A Favorite Quote: 

“How about a kiss, Saumensch?”

He stood waist-deep in the water for a few moments longer before climbing out and handing her the book. His pants clung to him, and he did not stop walking. In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief’s kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them.