I bought this book years ago after visiting the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. for my birthday. I’ve always had a bizarre obsession with the holocaust and World War II and any and all books on the subject. There are certain books that I’ve read about those events that will always stay with me and The Book Thief can easily be considered to be one of them. I loved everything about the book from the narrator as a very snarky, witty “Death” to the random mixture of German and English words, particularly when it came to insults being thrown at various characters. The only thing that bothered me was the way in which some of the narration and chronology was done. Death would often reference events that were yet to happen or on one occasion even described the death of a character who would not actually die until several chapters later. That was rather annoying to be perfectly honest. (Slight SPOILER) However, at the end of the book when the main character, Liesel Meminger, begins to write her own version of The Book Thief and her own jumpy, scattered writing process is explained, it starts to make more sense why Death tells his story like that as well. All in all, it was a phenomenal book.
Availability: COSMOS, USMAI
Review Submitted by: Breanna Thorne
Rating: Highly Recommended