review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Publication Date: March 14th 2006 Pages: 552 Series: Standalone Genre: Historical Fiction

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Why didn't I read this sooner?

Here's my reason; I dislike historical fiction. I picked up The Book Thief because it was the book for my local library's teen book club. God bless our little teen book club. This book was wonderful! So, here's why YOU should read The Book Thief. (even if you dislike historical fiction!)


The Book Thief is about the book thief, Liesel. The narrator of this story is Death, himself. From the start you know that this book is going to be unique. I mean, come ON, Death is narrating Liesel's story. *coughs* Anyway, The Book Thief follows Liesel's life which isn't exactly rainbows and unicorns. It is set during World War II and Liesel's younger brother dies and her mother drops Liesel off to new family, Hans Hubermann and Rosa Hubermann. The characters in The Book Thief were downright gorgeous. They felt so so SO real and the character development was on point. Death did a great job narrating. Death had deep feelings but he also, he threw around snips of jokes. Interesting character. The Book Thief was dark and slapped me with grief, heartbreaking and misery and guess what? Markus Zusak's writing made me feel it all. So yes, there were tears. To this day, I still don't care for historical fiction but somehow, The Book Thief made its way in my heart. To be honest, the setting didn't really bother me. The Book Thief wasn't set in the middle of the war, it was set in some little German town (i feel bad not knowing the name of the little German town).

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Overall...

The Book Thief is a depressing story but you'll definitely learn something and it's pretty worth it.

Have you read The Book Thief? If so, did you cry? I did. Let's chat about it...


7 comments

  1. I love The Book Thief so much. It was one of those books that hit me really hard and it's become one of my favorite stories. I've got a copy of the tenth anniversary edition of it on my bookshelf and it's probably my most coveted thing ever.
    I don't tend to full on cry with books, but it totally made me tear up and get weepy. Gah I'm getting emotional just talking about. <3
    xx a

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    1. I have the same feelings for The Book Thief. <3

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  2. Unlike you, I actually do love a bit of historical fiction, but it's great that you still liked this book! You do learn a lot from it, but it's so sad :(

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    1. That's great! Thank you and much agreed.

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  3. I recently finished The Book Thief AND ITS ONE OF MY ULTIMATE FAVES NOW. It's one of those books that come into your life to shake your whole existence and change your life. I hadn't read it sooner cos it looked like an eternally long story and I hardly have that much patience. But I loved reading it.

    Rudy, Max, Hans; boissss <3

    I was crying my face off when I finished it. Too much pain that ended in contentment.

    Noor | Noor's Place

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    1. YES YES AND YES. Bingo. Rudy was my fav <333 :,(

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  4. I read this a few years back and I remember crying when Liesel found her parents and Rudy dead and when Max found her after it all. Literally such a fantastic book. I'm getting emotional just thinking about it. I'm glad you liked it, Anna! XD

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