Goodreads: 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.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Let me start with this: This was a truly memorable book, and I am glad I read it. Now remember that I have said this as you read through the rest of this post.
So. I finally read this. It took me 5 years to work up the courage to do it, and I'm glad I did. Even if I will never read this again. I am not going to review this book. There are so many great reviews out already, and honestly I just don't want to revisit the details of this book. I am going to talk about how it made me feel. Guys, this book destroyed me. I honestly can't think of a book that made my soul hurt more at the end of the book, and that includes The Amber Spyglass, The Bridge to Terabithia, and The Island of the Blue Dolphins combined. I don't think I knew how invested I was in the characters until...well things happened. You know at the beginning who is going to die, so it isn't even a surprise! I seriously ugly cried through the last quarter of this book. I literally had to put the book down because I was crying so hard I couldn't read. It wrecked me. And I still can't tell you why this hit me so hard (I mean it surpassed my epic crying in the last Harry Potter book! And I had a connection with those characters for years! I could still read the end of the book after the last battle, if barely)
So yes, this book is phenomenal, and I'm glad I read it, even if it hurts to think about. But what I don't understand...people do this to themselves YEARLY! They reread this book every. single. year. How do you survive that?!? I read this book and immediately went into hermit mode and didn't want to talk to anyone about it at all! I had been looking forward to watching the movie, but even Geoffrey Rush won't get me to see this, because why would you want to relive this??
Would I recommend this to everyone? No. Should everyone read this? Probably. But you know what? Some people don't like reading books that hurt, and I wouldn't inflict this book on anyone who wasn't prepared to be devastated.