Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Teen Review: The Book Thief

Today we're featuring our first Virtual Volunteer* book review from teen volunteer Jacob. Read on for his thoughtful review of The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

In Mark Zusac’s charming novel, The book thief, he is able to capture and captivate his audience throughout the entirety of the novel. Creatively, yet concisely, Zusac details the life of Liesel Meminger whether her family is harboring a fugitive or she’s stealing another book; You will always comprehend what he’s writing. The book begins with a little girl who faces tragedy immediately (among other tragic things happening such as the holocaust and the many events of the holocaust); she has to move to a foster family with her brother, and on the trek to the foster family, her brother dies. This death of her brother sets the theme for the rest of the book: tragedy, triumph, and the importance of books and reading (you’ll see how these connect later!) Fittingly, this novel is narrated by the end himself, Death. Death being the narrator adds a much needed playful (“yeah, right.” You’re thinking right now.) and cynical tone. Overall, this book was great, believe it or not I was sobbing by the end of the book (not sure if it was because I was tired or if it was genuinely sad.) I rate this book 9.4 out of 10. The .6 is missing because of the tears that were shed reading this, and because the book ended on a solid note, leaving no room for cliffhangers (darn!). This book may have caused me emotional turmoil, but it was worth the read and do not regret taking the time out of my day to read it.

*Interested in becoming a Virtual Volunteer? Fill out an online volunteer application, indicating an interest in Virtual Volunteering, then email our volunteer coordinator, Ray Ceo at for more information. We look forward to your reviews!

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