Emily May’s review of The Book Thief > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Beware: tears fall here.

message 2: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I've heard :( But this has been on my TBR for too long so I'll just have to break out the kleenex.

message 3: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie It's been known to happen. We can't ALL love the same books! :D

message 4: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Yes but when EVERYONE ELSE seems to, I'm thinking "okay... now what did I miss?" LOL

message 5: by Deb (new)

Deb There are no bad books, just the right book at the right moment. This isn't the moment for you and this book.

Trust me, I enjoy fantasy but have only managed to read Tolkien once. ;)

message 6: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Haha, trust me, you should receive a medal for managing to read Tolkien once :)

message 7: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie I felt the same way when I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. As I'm sure you know, everyone loved it (including you - I see your 5 star review :P). 5 stars across the board. I totally felt like I had read a completely different book. But oh well, it happens.

message 8: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana If it makes you feel any better, I have the same problems with Zusak myself. I tried this book and tried his others, but it's always been a struggle, I am not sure why. His writing skills and his characters are all fine, but, but... something is just not there. But what can you do, right?

message 9: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thank you both, and Tatiana, that makes me feel so much better about it :)

@Bonnie I know what you mean about feeling like you read a different book, I've had that quite a few times. I suppose if we all had the same opinions the book review industry would be very small.

message 10: by Limonessa (new)

Limonessa Honest review. I haven't read it yet despite several death threats, but I'm really curious! I'm sure I won't stop reading your reviews.

message 11: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thanks Lisa, I'm glad to hear it :)
You should read it as it seems to blow most people's minds. I look forward to reading your review :)

message 12: by Minli (new)

Minli I wasn't that taken in by this book either (and you rated it higher than I did)--my main problem was that I was far too aware of how the book was emotionally manipulating my reading experience. It's like being backstage at a performance and seeing all the mechanics.

message 13: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Hmm, that's an interesting way of putting it. For me, I'm not sure exactly what it was but it never lived up to my expectations.

message 14: by Dominika (new)

Dominika I'm using the android goodreads so I can't like your review (what a stupid thing, by the way), so I can only comment;) anyway, great review and don't be sad!!!~ Nothing wrong with you;) Happened to me a few times too (Nightshade. seriously bad bad bad shit and I don't get why so little people agree;p), I guess happens to all of us. I sometimes feel guilty for liking a book that almost no one else does! Makes me feel too stupid or something;))

message 15: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thanks! :) And I've also experienced liking a book that everyone else didn't... though, to be fair, that usually happens when they all saw the conclusion to the mystery coming a mile off and I remained clueless til the last page ¬_¬ hehe

message 16: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Great review, Emily, and thanks for the kind words about mine. I'm glad I am not alone in my reaction to this book. So many wonderful components that for some reason didn't move me as much as I had expected. At some point, I am going to give this a re-read and see if I have a different experience the second time around.

message 17: by Jasprit (new)

Jasprit great review emily, theres always some books out there that arent always everyones cup of tea, but i enjoy reading your reviews because youre always so completely honest and you dont sugar coat everything. dont worry i dont think i ever could stop reading your reviews :)

message 18: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thank you so much Jasprit :) I do try to be as honest as possible, even when that doesn't fit with the popular opinion.

message 19: by Marie (new)

Marie I recently read this writing article and it covered all the reasons this book didn't work for me. http://writerunboxed.com/2012/09/13/t... Maybe it will make you feel better about your opinion? :)

message 20: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Moler I loved the book but I know exactly how you feel when you don't like something everyone else loved. I completely agree with Deb about reading the right book at the right moment, I'm currently thinking about re reading a book that's a favorite amongst my friends again just to see if I feel differently this time around.

message 21: by Emily May (new)

Emily May I do that quite a bit, Ashley. I convince myself that it must have been me and try again. Sometimes it actually pays off - like the book I'm reading at the moment - and you enjoy it more the second time :)

message 22: by Natalie (new)

Natalie This is how I felt about Code Name Verity. Hoping that doesn't happen again here, but we'll see.

message 23: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Good luck, Natalie!

message 24: by Amin (new)

Amin Muhaimin Me too...I was the same. I don't know where to put the book. Most of the people put it higher and I didn't fine it the same as they were.

message 25: by Guy (new)

Guy Portman Couldn't agree with you more Emily. I enjoyed reading your review.

message 26: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thank you, Guy :)

message 27: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling It's hard being the black sheep, isn't it? Baaaaa! But now I can cuddle with you in the pen.

message 28: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Great review, Emily. If I hadn't done the readalong with Wendy and co. at The Midnight Garden, I would've been wondering what was wrong with me too. I liked the book but I didn't have enough of an emotional connection with the characters or the story to love it.

message 29: by Emily May (new)

Emily May @Wendy *cuddles* Always, Lol. It's reassuring that you had the same reaction :)

@Lisa Thank you :) Exactly, it was okay... just nothing special, IMO.

message 30: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth Margo Agree. a lot of clever ,repetitive anecdotes leading nowhere.And bad writing in the Liesel/Rudy romance, where i couldnt figure why she wouldnt let him kiss her . Ithink Death should have told us what happened to Liesel's real parents- Another thread left hanging.

message 31: by Damian (new)

Damian Dubois I definitely don't think you're an idiot but I have to disagree with you concerning this book being forgettable with no staying power. A superbly written book with both wonderful and haunting imagery, this will definitely stay with me for the years to come.

PS: Your reviews are always good to read ;)

message 32: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth Margo I thought maybe I was an idiot for not liking everything 100% about this book. But no work of the imagination is perfect and therefore beyond criticism, however much our emotional response might be to it.I agree the writing style is superb,the descriptions,the ability to evoke the inner Liesl. But thats not enough. Plot and story count too, and those I find uneven.

message 33: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Hartzell I've found that this is how a lot of people feel on this book. While I love it, most of the people I've lent it to don't find what I did inside it.

message 34: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Kindervatter I agree with you completely.

message 35: by Ray (new)

Ray I have not read this book but I feel completly like that when I read the books that other like WOW!!! and I don't.

message 36: by Tonya (new)

Tonya Emily, I feel EXACTLY like you do! I read the reviews to see if I wasn't the only one who felt let down upon completion of the book! I loved the story but just felt the telling of it lacked! Having death as a narrator didn't do it for me! I would rather have seen death presented in this view as an aside point rather than THE point of view . I'm drawn to literature, as a whole, concerning this topic, so I feel like I've been cheated in the telling! Thanks for sharing!

message 37: by Artistgirl454 (new)

Artistgirl454 It's okay, it happens to all of us! When I read Witch Wizard i did not see AT ALL what everyone was raving about! It had some funny jokes ( like: "Haven't you ever heard? Tricks are for kids!") and a good story line, but I just didn't like it! Honestly, I hated it! I wanted to stab my eyeballs out with sticks! I tried to enjoy it, but overall I just ended up skimming most pages after page 60.

message 38: by Flor (new)

Flor De verano I loved this book! It's my favourite book ever.

message 39: by [deleted user] (new)

This book is sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. My friend, Bella, is reading and loves it SO much. My English teacher read it, and loved it. Alas, I fund your review and I'm not so sure anymore. It hasn't been on my tbr for long. But it's going to have to wait, for there are other books on my shelf.

That was extremely corny, I just want to read the book and haven't yet.

message 40: by Giaele (new)

Giaele I'm still reading it, 70% or so, and I'm starting to get tired, I have the same feelings as you have and I'm quite disappointed because my expectations were very high. This book is a lot of people's favorite and... I feel weird

message 41: by Emily May (new)

Emily May :( I hope it picks up for you. But I've had quite a few people comment saying they were disappointed after hearing such great things about this novel. I guess no book can work for everyone.

message 42: by Zhou (new)

Zhou I feel the same way too. I think I would have liked it a little more if I didn't have such high expectations for it.

message 43: by [deleted user] (new)

Idk, I haven't read it, or read anything in the perspective of death.

message 44: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Zhou wrote: "I feel the same way too. I think I would have liked it a little more if I didn't have such high expectations for it."

I understand that feeling completely.

message 45: by S. (new)

S. It is a forgettable book. You're not the only one to have read it and gone "...meh".

message 46: by Cristina (new)

Cristina same here .. double let down: high expectations while reading the book, the second when watching the movie, which excluded so many things and was mostly a studio movie

message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

Well, I'm on the last third of the book right now and am worried by how dull I'm finding it, despite how in love I was with the narration and original concept when I first started it. I really appreciate this review and now feel less alone :) I know just what you mean... the short stories and anecdotes just aren't interesting to me.

message 48: by Emily May (new)

Emily May In my opinion, this book is built on an amazing premise but is too dull in execution :/ Obviously, I am in the minority when I say that, but I'm glad to hear I'm not alone :)

message 49: by Lianna (new)

Lianna I get you! I felt exactly the same towards this book. You start to doubt your own judgement and wonder if you actually gave it the time it deserves. It was a 3 for me too.

message 50: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I literally JUST finished this book, and this review articulates everything I felt about it. You’re definitely not alone :)

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