Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date Published: 14 March 2006
ISBN/ASIN: 0375831002
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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.

My review:

I legit do not know where to start in describing this book. I feel like I am understating this book if I will be the one reviewing it. There is just no word to describe this book. Just right now, while I reviewing it, I feel the surge of emotions I felt while reading this book. Mind you, I read this book way back 2014. That was 2 years ago– and yet I still remember every single detail and the emotions this book made me feel.

The story of the book thief revolves around Liesel Meminger. She fell in love with words– just like the rest of us– when she took a fallen book from a pallbearer. And so, the adventures of Liesel along with the people she cared for, begins.And oh by the way, the story took place during the World War II- where they have a jew named Max living in their basement, which was prohibited during that time.

This book is not just all about stealing books. It revolves around the story of friendship, love, family and basically caring for each other. The book depicted Liesel, her family, and her friends’ emotions real well. I felt like I was in the scene with them. I wept with them and I laughed with them. I felt like I had a connection with the character. The characters are well manifested.

What I absolutely love about this book is the narrator. The narrator is odd and unnerving because it’s Death. Death narrates the whole story with perfection and humor. I never knew Death could crack a joke once in a while. I love how Death would make you fall in love with a character and then onto the next sentence- he would say “AND THEN HE DIES THREE MONTHS LATER”. I felt devastated because I’m just starting to appreciate the character and Death was there to ruin it! But the way it was narrated was unique, as if Death is actually talking to you. It’s like Death knows what you’re thinking.

Mr. Zusak’s writing is absolutely exquisite. I’ve never enjoyed such book in my life. I want this book to be read by my grandsons and granddaughters because that’s how good this book is. It makes you want to hug your loved ones and never took anything for granted.

I consider this book a classic. I believe that everyone should read this book because not only it is thought-provoking but it grasps your heart and crush it and you’ll hate yourself for loving the pain it gives you. That’s how good this book is.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

What do you guys think of this book? How about the movie? Have you seen it? I think the movie was brilliant. It was everything I wanted to happen. Let’s talk about it below!

About the Author


Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 375 weeks on theNew York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.


  1. Emma Evans says:

    This book is so incredible! I feel the same way about it, like how can I summarize my feelings towards it in a couple of paragraphs!? I personally loved the movie, it stuck to the book and the casting was on point!

  2. hiraethforthepages says:

    I just wanted to say you have such a lovely blog! Everything looks absolutely wonderful, I should have found it sooner! This review as well as the others are fantastic 🙂 I unfortunately am late to the hype and have not read this book BUT you make it seem so very awesome, maybe I should check it out! 😛

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