The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief“By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.”

I’m not sure exactly where to start with this book. I will say that I didn’t choose to read it voluntarily. It was actually required for a class that I’m taking and since I found it in the young adult section of the local library here, I decided to go ahead and blog about it. I had mixed emotions about this novel. At first I absolutely disliked it, hated it even. I couldn’t bear to read it. If it wasn’t required I probably would have given up on it before I hit page fifty. I realized later why I had such a hard time with the first two hundred fifty pages. Not much happened. The narrator basically just gave us a play by play of what happened in the life of Liesel Meminger, a young book obsessed girl, that went to live with a foster family. By the time I reached the halfway mark of the book I actually found myself engrossed in the story. It had finally sped up and actually had some action and suspense to it. But then when I was close to the ending, only about sixty pages left or so, the narrator just had to give away a huge spoiler (I won’t mention what it was on here just in case you want to read the novel yourself). After that big revelation, I had no desire to continue reading. After all, when one receives a spoiler such as that what is the point of continuing reading when you know what’s going to happen? Anyway, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book and most likely wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good book. It did have some really good parts in there it just wasn’t as great as I had pictured it to be. If you do decide to give this book a try then, happy reading to you!

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