Review: Prior to reading this, I have already heard a lot of great things about this book from different sources; reviews, bookstores, blogs, friends, etc. I must say, it definitely lived up to its hype, and exceeded expectations.
This was just such a wonderfully written novel from a very skilled author, who I think, crafted just one of the most unforgettable stories I’ve read in a while. I have read several stories centered during the Holocaust, but this is my favorite, without a doubt.
As heartbreaking as this book generally was, I don't think it would have had the same impact that it had if it was done differently. The message that came along with it, was subtle but strong. It was heart wrenching, but also strangely uplifting at the same time. It made me not only think, but really feel and empathize with these characters I've grown to love and feel attached to. Even after I read the entire thing, and off reading another novel, I would find myself still thinking about the characters and their stories. And it's not that often that we get to find characters like that in books, most especially in fiction, that leave marks or imprints like that in our heads.
The Book Thief is just everything a good book should be; original, engaging, inspiring, uplifting, and haunting all at the same time. With wonderful writing, unique narratives, memorable quotes, and the most lovable and unforgettable characters, one thing's for sure, this book is nothing less than amazing. I loved it, and I think that you will love it too.