The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This used to one of my favourite books. The best aspects of this book are, for me, the narrator (who just happens to be Death), Liesel’s foster mum Rosa, and Rudy, Liesel’s best friend. These three characters bring very different elements to the book: Death (and, as such, Zusak) tells the story in such a beautiful way, using colours as a way for the reader to both connect and then, on other occasions, remain disconnected to the events unfolding. Rosa is the secret softie, an angry exterior and adorable on the inside. Hans and Max are the more obvious choice for sweet, lovable characters, but Rosa is the one you have to work for. And finally, Rudy. Poor, sweet Rudy, desperately in love with our protagonist, with his lemon hair and undying passion for all things Jesse Owen. He captures your heart and when the book ends (I won’t spoil it here) he manages to have broken it into pieces. It’s a lovely book, both beautifully sad and uplifting all at the same time, and worth revisiting.
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