The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
In this book, Death narrates the plot and usually is not interested in the lives of people. But Liesel Meminger is different. She is a book thief who can’t read.
With the help of a harbored Jew (Max) and her foster father, Liesel slowly learns to read, while at the same time learning the difference between what’s right and wrong in the unfair world of World War II.
What I Thought of The Book Thief
Even if this novel is intentionally for adult readers, The Book Thief is also a great read for tweens and teens interested in a more sophisticated book. However, if you are looking for a simple book with only one plot and a few characters, I will be the first to warn you, this book is not for you. Liesel’s struggle includes grief, stealing, a mean but loving parent, plus trouble with the government! And while never boring, this can be a little overwhelming for some. Additionally, the plot is very descriptive and is not a quick read. Personally, these aspects add freshness and depth and is the reason why I appreciated this novel as much as I did. Furthermore, the characters Markus Zusak developed were phenomenal, I was especially fond of Liesel and her thirst for adventure. With all these exceptional features, this book has well-earned its popularity.
A memorable moment in this book was when Ilsa Hermann, one of Liesel’s foster mother’s laundry customers and wife of the mayor, lets Liesel into her library and even allows her to steal books. Not only was this was an unexpected twist in the book, but it was very entertaining and I enjoyed it so much I just had to include it in this review.