Leisel Meminger is a young orphan in 1939, Nazi Germany. Though she can't read, after her mothers' funeral (it might be her brothers' funeral, I can't remember) Leisel steals her first book. Her foster father teaches Leisel to read, and she begins to steal more and more books; from the rich client, the Nazi book burnings. She shares her love of books with her neighbors, when they are all huddled in the basement waiting for bombing raids to finish, and the Jewish man she and her foster parents harbor in their shallow basement. Markus Zusak takes on the adventure of Leisel's life, beginning to end, and writes an amazing story that will stay with us forever.
Before you read the book, it might clear up some confusion if you know that the story is told by Death. The one who gathers the dead souls from the corpses on earth. Death meets Leisel three times, and this is why he tells her story. I personally loved how the story was told by Death. He had a sense of humor and the perspective was extremely unique. The point of view also helps you understand some of the events that occur in Leisel's life time.
The Book Thief blended adventure, hardship and intensity and is one of my favorite books that I ever read. I hope you come back on Friday to see my review on Snow Flower and The Secret Fan!