As any prior student can attest, I love me some Holocaust literature, and this book kicks some Hitler ass. If you’ll forgive that I’m 8 years behind it’s release date, I will forgive that NONE OF YOU TOLD ME ABOUT THIS BOOK BEFORE!
RATING: Must Read. Why?
1. It’s narrated by Death. And Death is wicked funny. And gracious. And fair.
2. The main character, Liesel, is gritty, honest, and sentient. She’s fearless; hugging the Jewish man hiding under her cellar stairs, while defiantly staring down Hitler over his shoulder. (Not literally. Adolf would have to kill her for that.)
3. It’s a brilliant circuitous telling of every brave, captivating human being who possesses integrity in the face of shameless wrong. This is not a story about doing what’s easy. It’s about doing what’s right.
That’s my kind of story.