Book Review: The Book Thief

Hey everyone! It’s Friday and time for another book review.  Today I am finally doing a review of The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. Let’s get started!

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak


Genre: Historical Fiction

# of pages: 592

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.

Editorial Reviews (Credit Given):

“An extraordinary narrative.”
School Library Journal, Starred

“Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak’s poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour de force to be not just read but inhabited.”
The Horn Book Magazine, Starred

“This hefty volume is an achievement…a challenging book in both length
and subject…”
Publisher’s Weekly, Starred

My Thoughts:

The perspective of this book is so unique! A book told my Death. The writing had me from  the beginning. Liesel Meminger is such a great character. I loved seeing how she grew and what she encountered. Though I didn’t shed many tears, make sure to have tissues ready at the end. It’s absolutely heart breaking. This is one of the books that I wouldn’t hesitate to give a five star. I recommend it to anyone who loves a unique, historical fiction, action filled book.

That’s a wrap! I extremely recommend The Book Thief if you haven’t read it already. If you have read it, what are your thoughts on it? *NO SPOILERS* Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀



12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Book Thief

  1. judiththereader says:

    I loved The Book Thief too! I didn’t read the blurb before buying & reading because I knew the general plot: Nazi Germany, a girl steals books which Hitler was burning. The fact it was narrated by Death took me by total surprise but I thought it was really iconic. Also Liesel and Hans were beautiful and heart-warming characters. I think sometimes you only really realise how serious and scary something is until it is told through the eyes of a child – it reminded me of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. Nice review! 🙂

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    • Random Reads says:

      The Book Thief was such a wonderful book! Unlike you, I read the blurb before I got it. It must’ve been amazing to find out the viewpoint only as you started to read. Liesel and Hans are great characters and I loved them to bits! Yeah. I really realized how terrifying World War II was after reading The Book Thief. I haven’t read The Boy In The Striped Pajamas yet! I’m glad you enjoyed and thank you for commenting 🙂

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