Tears. Snot, bulgy red eyes, and tears. Lots of them.
That's how I felt about this shocker of a book. It's been eight years since it was published and it's still active in the night to whack young girl's in the face with a with a whole bunch of Feels. That's exactly what happened to me about a week ago when I finally finish this book after about..two days of reading it (because you know we all need those moments in between to hyperventilate and emotionally re-establish ourselves before we go back in for another nose dive into a punch in the chest)
In a incredibly brief summary, this is narrated from Death's perspective about a young girl named Liesel Meminger who lives during the Nazi Regime. He tells her sad woe of a tale, and your heart breaks into pieces that not even super glue can put back together.
Now, normally this is not my type of book I'd read. My style is Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia/Utopia, sci-fi. Some of my favourite books are the Chaos Walking Trilogy, the Uglies series, The Maze Runner (series, still reading through), the Divergent series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Hunger Games (yes, I'll even put that in there. The First book was amazing in my opinion) Beautiful Creatures, and the Gone series by Michael Grant (As before..still currently reading). So..for me to read about a young girl during the Nazi regime...I was definitely going in without any prejudice or preconceived notion of anything. I should have, instead, gone in with a bathtub full of tissues and duct tape for my heart. It's painfully brutal and beautifully written. I especially loved the narration from Death's perspective. Not something you see often in books! :)
Why do I bring this book up specifically when I've probably gone through about 5-15 books in one month?
Well...this was the first ever book to make me CRY. Yes. Really. Eighteen and never cried at a book until now.
I never expected myself to be one of those people who were like, 'THIS BOOK MADE MY SOUL WEEP!' or something along the lines of that. Sure, I've read emotional books but it never really touched me on THAT deep of a level. The only exception was during the second book of Chaos Walking, a very particular scene, but it was one individual tear then I went back to normal. The Book Thief made tear drops fly out of my eyes like BB pellets. I wasn't hyperventilating crying, I wasn't sobbing and making inaudible gasping/groaning from pain noises...no, I just laid there with the book closed on my chest and tear after tear falling out of my tear ducts. My heart felt like someone had a firm grasp on it and was twisting and squeezing to their own delight. My head spun, my nose was crinkled from confusion of how I was feeling.
It was glorious!
It definitely has become my favourite book ever. Ranking high high high amongst my growing book collection! I would recommend it to anyone who wants something to read. It was only $20 for a paperback at my local bookstore, so that's a fairly good deal compared to some books now a days that aren't even a quarter as good as this book :)
This will forever stay my prized possession, and may be ever the first book I'll re-read. There are always firsts for everything :)
I'm rating this book a 9/10. It was almost a 10/10, but I feel like I need to save that for a REALLY special book. It made me cry, laugh, and just generally is my favourite book of all time.