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This was my second time reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The first time was during high school for summer reading. School has a way of making you dread reading a book. This of all the books you enjoyed reading for school... you can't. But think of all the GREAT books they made you read.. The Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Flies, Night, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men. I mean we were given every dang good book but read through it just to get it done. I've since re-read almost all of the books I had to read in high school because I realized what I was missing out.
But this book? The Book Thief? It hit me hard back then and it hit me hard now.
The Book Thief follows a young girl, Liesel, in Nazi Germany beginning in 1939. With Death as the narrator, you watch Liesel as she lives with her foster parents, who do not agree with the Nazi regime, and learns about life, love, kindness, and cruelty. Her family is hiding a big secret, one she must never tell anyone, one that could cost her and her family their lives. But she has secrets of her own as well. She steals books. The first one she steals, she doesn't even know how to read, but she still steals it.
First off, this book is written so beautifully, like a poem. With that being said, it takes a long time to read. This isn't an easy book. You'll read a chapter and have to put it down for a little. It'll make you laugh and it'll make you cry. But at the end, I think you'll be a better person because of it.
Great for people who enjoy:
"I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."