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message 1: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Wait - I thought the narrator was death... is it really someone else?

message 2: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Walton Grant Don't tell us, don't tell us!!!! This book is on my tbr, but I haven't picked it up yet.

Hi Kat, look forward to reading your review.

message 3: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy It's all good, Tammy! I think you might like this one. Depends...

message 4: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Walton Grant Excellent review, as always, Kat. Thank you!

message 5: by AH (new)

AH Wow...What a great review. I was wondering how you would go from Islanders to Germany. Well done.

message 6: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana Great review, Kat. I know I should have read this book years ago. It is my hubby's favorite too.

message 7: by Laura Lulu (last edited Jul 22, 2010 12:49PM) (new)

Laura Lulu I loved this book and I loved your review. I actually teared up a bit when you talked about how if you don't fill a child's head with the right stuff, someone will come along and fill it with the wrong stuff. So, so true.

I couldn't agree more with your review, and this book affected me much the same as it did you. The ideas you touched on reminded me of the quote "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." I too think I'm a "good guy", but then I do nothing and write off people spouting ignorant nonsense as just that--silly ignorant people. But silly ignorant people are easy to exploit--fill them with fear and then tell them how you are going to fix it, you are going to make them safe. Those silly ignorant people will follow you anywhere. Your own little mindless zombie army. *shivers*

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Wow, great review Kat. Very insightful.

Wicked Incognito Now Touching review Kat.

message 10: by Tilden (new)

Tilden I live in the US and the Republican primaries have started. for the past year the news have focused on all these right wing, evangelical candidates. I hear what they are saying and I think to myself, "how can anyone take these people seriously?". They sound like absolute idiots and spew hate and fear. I can see why Hitler took over Germany. Tell lies. Over and over again, create a scape goat (in the US it's Muslims) and people will follow like sheep. It's happening in the US as I write this. Scary. I will read this book. More folks need to speak up.

Wicked Incognito Now I thought the unions were the current scapegoats?

Barbara (VampAngel) Fuck me gently with a chainsaw. This is a hell of a review.

I'll be starting this book tonight, after Daughter of Smoke and Bone I just can't face a weak book so I think this is a great choice.

message 13: by Terry (new)

Terry Fantastic review. Your honesty and insight is truly amazing. I bought this book today I hope it empowers me as much as it appears to have empowered you. Your aunt sounds like a smart lady

message 14: by Nilesh (new)

Nilesh Kashyap Great review Kat.
Facebook is a platform, that is providing chance to people to express themselve. It has good side as well as bad side, I have read views (updates) that would deeply hurt my sentiments and were so narrow minded that, I would get disturbed but I refrained myself from commenting because I would end up venting my anger in every wrong way and with wrong words. So I stopped using facebook, except for some occasional visit. It really hurts to see people can get influenced so easily.

message 15: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I am going to get it. I love your review. I love the strong way you put your point across:-)

message 16: by Chris (new)

Chris Donaldson I'm new to this group and read 'The Book Thief' because it was the current book. Well, I'm so glad I joined. It was a great book and I LOVED your review. It's everything I thought of and so much more articulate than I could have been. Thank you.

message 17: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Brandt Loved your review...and your Great Aunt Nell!

message 18: by Marion (new)

Marion Good review Kat. I am still reading but enjoying the book a lot. Loved your insight into your neighbour and fb friend.

message 19: by Samantha (new)

Samantha This is a beautiful review. Absolutely beautiful.

message 20: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Kat- this is a very beautiful, very POWERFUL review! I'm almost about to grab the book off of my bookshelf, but I don't know if I'm emotionally ready! Bravo! :)

message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Wow, you are good at reviews. Had this book recommended to me, am definitely reading it now. Continue reviewing!

message 22: by David (new)

David Griffiths Wow, really enjoyed reading that review.

message 23: by Tandie (new)

Tandie Wonderful review Kat! I think that sometimes you need to take a stand (maybe your kids are listening or the person making the offensive statement is a big part of your life) and sometimes you just walk away & just stop associating with a person. Your comments made me stop & think about how being passive is sometimes just taking the easy way. Love your review!

message 24: by Janie (new)

Janie I smiled through your review which I very much enjoyed reading. I was all set to read this book (movie is coming out in a month) and I found I could not get in to it due to how it is written. After reading your review, it leaves me curious. I will read this book. Thank you for your review. So, now a few years later, are you speaking out? Has it changed you?

message 25: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Janie,

Yes. Honestly, I never forgot the lesson. When I'm around people saying any kind of bigoted thing, I always take the time to politely (as much as I can) question their thinking and challenge them.

message 26: by Cata (new)

Cata Chacón S. My favorite review so far! I agree with all you said, that is how I felt while reading. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

message 27: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Fredrickson This was a great review. Thank you so much.

message 28: by Smileyjulie (new)

Smileyjulie Wow your review was amazing! You ever considered writing??

message 29: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Yes. And then I curl up into a corner and cry myself to sleep.

message 30: by Kylie (new)

Kylie Thank you for writing such an amazing and honest review. I'm about to read this book and can't wait!

message 31: by Kat Kennedy (new)

Kat Kennedy Hope you enjoy it!

message 32: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer King Great review! I definitely agree with your description of the book dressing us down, reprimanding us in a way. Singling us out as responsible. Bravo. Thanks for putting into words what I couldn't. I LOVED this book. One of my favorites and I'm not a huge bookworm.

message 33: by Mia (new)

Mia Meliaresti What a great review from you! I just like the way you deliver your opinions here. I'm going to share my opinions. Is it okay? For me, the book is really really great. It contains a lot of social values, and it's about war isn't it? And I did cry. So did you lol. I just can't stop crying when Max left Liesel, *sorry for being a spoiler* and when Rudy died. I was like..... Oh my god can't stop crying hahaha. But i can't rate this lovely book with 5 stars. Because I think, there are a lot of parts inside the book that I think they're not important. For me, they're just additions and.... Useless. And well, it definitely takes a lot of time for us to read this book. But, Mr. Zusak did well.

message 34: by Ann (new)

Ann I liked your review FAR MORE than the book~ Thank you.

message 35: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jacobs Wow!!Luved this review,so thoughtful Kat Thank you luv for this insightful review :)

message 36: by Emma (new)

Emma Hunt I was very impressed by your review. My favourite aspect of 'The Book Thief' was the deep questions that death proposed concerning morality and accountability. I'm glad that you focused on those aspects in your review.

message 37: by Cyra (new)

Cyra Tabassum I cried too :'(

message 38: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Well written and very wise, Kat. Have you followed your own wisdom about how saying nothing is not good? You say it makes you no better than them - well, I disagree with that - but it does allow them to believe you agree with them. Have you since gone back to your neighbor and the FB acquaintance and said, "I strongly disagree," or even more? I encourage you to find an opportunity for your own peace of mind.

I regret not calling out someone on an inappropriate racist statement 'cause they were selling something I wanted, so I chose to stay silent. It's now 15 years later, and I still think of it now and then, and how I chickened out. You mentioned not wanting to start a fight. Disagreeing is not fighting if done from a place of knowing that you believe in yourself and your integrity. I know you wrote the above some time ago, but I don't think it's too late to say, "I disagree."

message 39: by George (new)

George Jankovic Great review, Kat!

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