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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Apr 03, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: great-books-for-boys, great-books-for-girls
Read from March 26 to April 02, 2012

Set in Germany during WWII with some of the greatest characters I've ever come across in YA literature, I can understand why this is so often a staple on must-read lists.

At first I found death to be an intriguing choice for narrator then somewhere in the middle it got a little too gimmicky but by the end I loved it all over again. I also really ate up the opportunity to read a book that shows the varying opinions of Germans during the war. So often, particularly in YA lit, there's such a cut and dry equation of Germans=bad, Allies=good that we miss out on the chance to explore the inner-workings of the struggle of the average German citizen. Hans and Rosa show that side so well. And Rudy! I don't think I have ever loved a fictional character as much a I loved Rudy. Oh, Rudy.

This book was devastating. It didn't make me cry. It made me sob like someone who has just lost a dear friend.
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