Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hi, everybody!

This weekend I have a book review for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Enjoy!

Titel: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Publishing Date: March 14th 2006


Rating: 4.25/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


I loved the writing of this book. The story is told by Death and it makes it so much more interesting. When I read the first couple of pages and I realised it was narrated by Death I was so intrigued. I also really like the format the book was writen in. Throughout the book there were these kind of “notes” added and they made it a lot of fun to read.


Liesel is the main character. She lives with a foster familie because her mother couldn’t take care of her anymore. As a little girl living with strangers she feel very uncomfortable but after a while she connects with her new Papa and they build a strong relationship. It’s different with her new Mama. They do care for each other but her Mama just isn’t a very loving mother. Liesel herself is a usual girl with a big love for books. I love her relationship with Ruddy.
Rudy is a funny and sweet boy who immediatly falls for Liesel. From the first time they met they become friends and stick together.


A plot twist didn’t accure in the book. But still it was an amazing end. There wasn’t supposed to be a plot twist. Death already told us throughout the book what would happen but that didn’t make it less heartbreaking. The plot might’ve been heartbreaking but I loved everything about it. Especially the very end.


I enjoyed reading this book very much. The story was beautiful, the writing was unique and the book made me feel things. But I can’t help but notice that it didn’t leave that of a great impression on me as it does on others. I don’t know but I think I expected a little bit more of it.
Nevertheless I did enjoy it.

Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read it. 🙂


Katniss Potter Booklover xxx


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