Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 16reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Oregonborn A very moving story Recently read this book on the recommendation of our local children's librarian. Although marketed as a book for young adults, she advised that I not be put off by that and to give it a try. I'm very glad I listened to her. It was a wonderful read, very original and touching. I enjoyed it so much I bought four more as Christmas presents and can't wait to hear feedback from family and friends. Also had a good experience with walmart.com. The ship-to-store service was very efficient. 12/21/2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by rolltide333 This is an amazing book Usually, I am skeptical when I hear that everyone else likes a book or movie. I can't help to feel that it's being blown out of proportion and that it just can't be that good. This book is quite the exception.Narrated by Death, this unique book explores many deep themes including death and dying (no surprise), the power of words, and the beauty of a good friendship. Liesel is a very well developed, three dimensional character, and the supporting characters only add to the amazing story. This book is different from other World-War II era novels, as it takes the view point of a German child. Very little is mentioned about the horrors of the Holocaust, but the book instead focuses on the average German during the war and also brings up several good questions, such as 'Was it right for the Allies to bomb civilians?'Zusak proves to be a master of symbolism and metaphors - even the cover of the book (falling dominoes) symbolizes something far more treacherous. I've read this book three times, and pick up on something new every time I read it. It is by far the best book I have ever read, and I recommend it to anyone.Please don't skip over this book because it is labeled as 'young adult.' Just because the main character is a young girl doesn't mean only young girls can read this book. I think anyone, any age could enjoy this book; however, I think people over the age of 14 or 15 would get the most out of it.Can't wait to see the movie!! (comes out in 2010) 03/12/2009
Rated 1 out of 5 by kroshto The book was falling apart. Sections of the book were falling out. It will have to be returned. 12/28/2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by heavenlyhog Excellent! This is one of my top 10 books! I absolutely loved it -- sad at times, but the narrator (death personified) gives a sometimes funny and logical tone to what could otherwise be described as a tragic story. Great book! 10/05/2010