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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Jan 20, 2011

bookshelves: ya-book-club, dnf-for-now, read-in-2016

** spoiler alert ** This review was originally posted on my book review blog, The Overstuffed Bookcase.

FTC Disclaimer: I purchased this book myself. I was in no way compensated for this review.


So I DNFed The Book Thief, you guys. But wait, hear me out.

I thought the story was compelling. Some of the writing was achingly beautiful. Many of the scenes were heartbreaking. But I just couldn't handle that stupid narrator, you guys. Don't get me wrong, I think that Death as a narrator is a cool idea, but I feel like Markus Zusak got this idea of having Death be the narrator, and decided to add it to this story about the holocaust. And when he realized that Death didn't really have many scenes in the story, he started adding him into places where he didn't need to be. Because what did Death the narrator do during most of this book? HE SPOILED US FOR THE VERY STORY WE WERE READING.

Death was not a good narrator, guys. He was always telling us what was going to happen before it happened. SEVERAL TIMES. At times he was actually telling us to pay attention to certain parts, because something big was going to happen. And other times he literally told us what was going to happen, several times, before it happened. I am a self-diagnosed spoilerphobe and I cannot handle a book that tells me what is going to happen before it happens. I love foreshadowing, and I can understand occasionally telling something before it happens, but this was ALL THE TIME.

A bit of a spoiler (I hate to do it, but I kind of have to...):

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I just couldn't do it anymore.

At one point I started keeping a tally of how many times we were told about something happening before it happened. I counted at least 11 times before I decided to stop reading at 242 pages (around 44%). Usually I DNF around 25% or around 100 pages, whichever one comes last. But I was reading The Book Thief for my book club, plus I knew how many people love this book, and I wanted to love it, too.

I marked it as "DNF For Now" here on Goodreads, meaning that I might try to finish it in the future, but honestly, I can't see myself ever wanting to do that. Which is a shame, because there really were some great parts of this book. I am, however, planning on watching the movie adaptation, because I think maybe Death won't be such a jerk and spoil us as much in the movie. But I am sad that I didn't love The Book Thief. Oh well, you can't love them all.
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Reading Progress

January 20, 2011 – Shelved
June 30, 2016 – Shelved as: ya-book-club
June 30, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
July 3, 2016 – Started Reading
July 3, 2016 –
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July 17, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016
July 17, 2016 – Shelved as: dnf-for-now
July 17, 2016 – Shelved as: dnf-for-now
July 17, 2016 – Finished Reading

Comments (showing 1-3 of 3) (3 new)

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Nicole I didn't love this - everyone in my circle did, but it just didn't work for me.


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Andrea Same with me. Most of the bloggers I know love it, and I enjoyed some aspects, but other aspects just made me want to throw it!


Nicole Me too!


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