The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marcus Zusak you did not need to go all Avengers: Endgame on me! Why??? Was it really necessary to kill off papa??? And Rudy??? Did you have to kill off two of my favorite side characters! Personally though, I loved how death narrated this novel. In an extras thing at the end of my version, you said that you went back and forth between Liesel, a third person and death being the narrator, but personally I think you made the right decision. But the way death was terrible at keeping spoilers, not cool. This book found a way to be happy and lighthearted even though it was discussing an extremely tragic topic, and for that Marcus Zusak deserves a prize. I adored Rudy, he was hilarious and so sweet and I am extremely sad Liesel never kissed him while he was alive. I just have to go back to the fact that basically everyone died! I cannot get over it, but using my writer’s opinion I think it was a good choice even though it killed my heart. The book thieving was probably one of the facets of the book that wasn’t as interesting as some of the other storylines for me, but I still liked reading about how Liesel acquired each one. My only consolation about the final bombing is that Liesel was going to a place with books, **tries to hide the fact that she is crying**. Over the year, I have tried to read this book a lot. I have the paperback, and have successfully gotten thru the first five pages many times, but I always seemed to put this book down for another. Now I see what I was missing and I’m super happy I decided to keep reading this time (if what I was missing was a broken heart XD). I loved papa in this novel and Rosa too, but Max wasn’t high on my liking list. It might be because his and Liesel’s relationship seemed a little off in my mind, but it doesn’t matter, because I was still very sad when he was captured. Overall this book was amazing; it made me feel (both happy and sad) but also really made me think. Congrats Marcus Zusak on a book that was written 14 years ago but I’m only getting around to reading it now.
This book also completes part of my Goodreads summer reading challenge in the requirement: Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.

Stay awhile: Read a book with more than 500 pages.
New voices: Read a debut novel.
Armchair traveler: Read a book set in a destination you want to visit