The Book Thief | Review

Titel: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: Young Adult/Adult, Historical Fiction

Rating: 5/5 oh my goodness I am so sad now I’m going to go in a corner and cry Stars

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH
It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

Story Arc/ Plot

Okay, judging by the first half of this book, there is no plot. There is no real conflict. But the book redeems itself, I swear! Any book that makes you feel this many emotions deserves 5 stars, and that’s what really matters.

The story arc is certainly odd. It’s very strong at some times and nonexistent at others. But again, the story redeems itself, though I can’t say anything without spoiling it.

You have to be patient with the plot. I know, really annoying and difficult, but very much worth it.

Writing

The writing is insane, and in a very good way. It paints the perfect picture in your mind, and paints the emotions in the same way. It doesn’t just make you see the scene, it makes you smell, taste, touch, and feel the scene.

Now whenever I write a sentence that would make Markus Zusak proud, i think “I’m bringing out my inner Death!” which certainly makes me feel very odd.

Characters

Deep breaths, Becca, deep breathes.

The characters were vivid, diverse, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The characters were what kept me going through the first half of the book, and I’m so glad they did.

I would recommend this book to the patient readers!