In the hype of book communities and booktubers, there are a few chosen that no one seems to stop talking about. So, I decided it’s time to discover what lies beneath the suggestions. So, this time booktube made me read:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusac
Historical Fiction, Young Adult,
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2007)
Sinopse: 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.
What I was promised: A must read in YA, a classic in the genre with an odd narrator and a lot of feels. Loved by many.
What I found: This has to be one of my favorite recommendations from Booktube. It was a haunting tale about Germany under the Nazi strict government, narrated by Death itself. This element really brought something else to the novel. Pick it up if you can.
Final rating: 5 stars.