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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Apr 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: all-time-favorites, teen, holocaust, historical-fiction, favorites
Read in January, 2009

This book is incredible. It's been a long time since I've read a book as good as this one. It's a story about a German girl growing up during WWII, as narrated by Death. Yes, a book that is narrated by Death--that, right there, is the first reason why this book is like no other WWII book. And, though most WWII books focus on the concentration camps, this book speaks very little of that side of the war and instead focuses on the Hitler Youth. Every single chapter of this book captivated me. The imagery, the narration, the storytelling, the dialogue--everything is shockingly close to perfection. And don't be put off by the fact that it's labeled as a teen book, because it really isn't. The only reason, that I can see, that this book is considered a teen book is because the main character is a teenager. The book's sophistication, however, far surpasses most of the books that surround it on the shelf. Read this book!

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