Book Review: The Book Thief

Posted October 22, 2014 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

The Book ThiefBook: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Published: March 14, 2006

Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Summary: It’s just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids – as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

My Review: For some reason, I don’t know why, I’m obsessed with books set in the World War II time frame. Most of the ones I read are non-fiction, typically ones from Holocaust survivors, but I decided I’d give a fiction one a try. And honestly, I’m really glad that I did listen to everyone, I did jump on the bandwagon, and I did finally give into peer pressure and read this thing, because truthfully, this book was incredibly good and made me all happy inside at some points.


I’ve seen a lot of people are giving it 5 stars, some even higher, but I don’t know if I liked it that much. At some points I got seriously confused. I’m convinced, since everyone else seems to know exactly what they’re reading and what is happening, that I must have some issue with understanding it. But even though I did get confused and lost half the time, the parts I actually grasped and understood, I really liked it.

There are three things I loved about this book, not particularly in this order:

  • The characters
  • The writing
  • The time in which this was set

Of course, like any other book I’ve read in my entire life, there are things I didn’t like. But the only one that I didn’t like, that’s even worth mentioning, is how my dumb self got confused far too many times. I’m pretty sure that that’s a reader’s error, not the book’s.

To sum all of this up, if you like books set in the past, this is a good one. If you like really well written books, which if you don’t I worry for you, this is the perfect one. And if you like perfect character development, again, if you don’t I worry greatly, this is the perfect fit for you. I really really encourage everyone to read this book at least once, it really is an amazing book.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

Rating: 4 pumpkin cats