Characters: Liesel Meminger, foster orphan, ekes by emotionally in this heart-wrenching novel. Death personified watches the life of this little unfortunate, and shares her story with the reader. Wonderfully realized characters are so human, and stay with you long after the last page. Characters Rudy and Liesel’s friendship reminds me of a Dr. Seuss quote: ““I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.”
What I Enjoyed: I liked that the narrator talks directly to the reader, and that the story gives away endings in pieces. A perfect quote ends Liesel’s journal: “I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” Perfection. This is one of those novels that stays with you a very long time.
For Fans Of: Meet Joe Black, The Giver, Night by Elie Weisel, The Thirteenth Tale
Author’s Website: http://zusakbooks.tumblr.com/