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message 1: by Liz (new)

Liz I always went to Dachau recently and it was really odd to read a book about World War II. I had a really different perspective.
I agree, it shouldn't only be YA. I recommend it to everyone.


message 2: by deLille (last edited May 17, 2009 07:56AM) (new)

deLille If this is Young Adult fiction, then I think I am going to start reading more Young Adult fiction. I just read your review as well as the other reviews in GoodReads regarding this book and I am quite surprised to learn that this book is marketed just to teens.


message 3: by Leonie (new)

Leonie I haven't even finished this book yet but have found it to be so moving and like you the following quote by Death when referring to war/s will stay with me for a long time I'm sure...

"I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men. They are not. They're running at me."

That is just so true, isn't it. I was also surprised that this is a YA book. I think it's a book everyone should read!




message 4: by deLille (new)

deLille I have now read this book, and it's quite stunning to realize that you are reading a GREAT BOOKS classic when it's publication date says its “contemporary fiction”. I haven't written a review on it yet because there is just SO MUCH to say. It's been several months since I read this book and I can't get my thoughts consolidated enough to write a simple post online reviewing the book. WOW, WHAT A BOOK! On so many different levels. Last time I read a book that touched me this way was when I read The Grapes of Wrath and I ended up doing a college term paper with transcendentalism and The Grapes of Wrath as its center theme… that’s how much space I needed to get all my thoughts down!

The Young Adult rating is ridiculous. Sure, teens can read this book, but they will only get so much out of it. This is the kind of book everyone needs to go back and re-read again and again as an adult.

I am overjoyed that classical fiction, the kind that will be on bookshelves 150 years from now, is being written today. This book goes up on my children's junior and high school personal "must read" lists, along with Moby Dick, Lord of the Flies, The Grapes of Wrath...



message 5: by Martha (new)

Martha If you want to read a book about what people who were not targeted by the Nazis did to protest, I would highly recommend "The Zookeeper's Wife." It's a true account of the underground in Poland. It reminds you that there was good in people during that time...I'm looking forward to finishing "The Book Thief..."


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