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The Book Thief

The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak

“Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness”

This is a book that relies heavily on a sensitive reader reaching for the box of tissues. If you feel as though you have been emotionally clogged up and have been blankly scanning through too many 9Gag GIFS of puppies eating peanut butter, you might want to give this book a read and get those tear ducts loosened up. Its a story about Germans, both heroic and villainous in the middle of World War II. More specifically it is about a girl who discovers books and cannot stop *spoiler alter* stealing them. Not to give too much away, Death is the narrator of the book and very surprisingly has very human emotions. What I want to know is how he found a publisher.

Death: So, I wrote something. I wish you’d take a look

Editor [Cowering]: Sure Death, whatever you say

Death: No, don’t be afraid. I’m just here for business

Editor [Freaking the f*@$£ out]: Whatever you want Death, take it

Death: Awesome, so I’m just going to go ahead and publish it using all your resources then

Editor [Runs away]

Why you should read it:

  • World War II
  • Father-daughter bond
  • Learn new German cuss words

Why you shouldn’t read it:

  • Verging on pretentious writing 
  • You might want to read The Diary of Anne Frank for a non-fictitious version from the other side of the fence, first