The Book Thief Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Book Thief

The Book Thief follows the journey of Liesel Meminger, a young girl who's coping with the loss of her family and the sudden "adoption" into her foster family during WW II. Shortly after being taken in by her foster family, the family decides to hide a Jew, Max, from the Nazi's. Liesel is hesitant at first but slowly befriends Max, bonding over their shared loss of family.
Liesel's act in stealing books is a form of rebellion, against her life, the state of politics and the way things are headed.

Best part of story, including ending: The narrator is death, and he can be extremely reliable and unreliable at the same time. Death is also very sympathetic to those he ferries, and has an interesting sense of humor.

Best scene in story: When Liesel sees Max marching in a Nazi death march, she breaks down and cries. Her innocence juxtaposed with the cruelty of the act is heartbreaking.

Opinion about the main character: Her innocence compared to the atrocities of the Nazi's makes it easier to like her. She is alone and vulnerable but is also able to be headstrong and independent.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   Holocaust

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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