The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
In Nazi Germany, Death takes an interest in young Liesel, who becomes fascinated with books following her brother’s death, as her foster family hides a Jew in their basement.
To be honest, I expected a lot more book thievery than I got. Death names Liesel The Book Thief, and she does steal books, just not nearly as many as the title may suggest. That being said, I really enjoyed this. It’s sad, but not quite in the way I had expected from a book set during World War II. It’s a page turner, but not one to be rushed casually through.
It’s heartbreaking without being too heavy. It’s a time and a place we all know about, but from an unusual perspective. It’s ordinary people making difficult decisions, and being met with unexpected kindness and undeserved tragedy. While this was not entirely what I expected, and it’s not perfect, I enjoyed reading it.