Oh, The Book Thief, played with my emotions. Once again I chose something that made me want to curl up in a ball, and ball. This wonderful novel is about a girl, who was given the nickname of “Book Thief” by the narrator, Lisel, from a very young age has been through a lot. We start with her on a train with her mother and her brother. Her mother is having to go through the decision of having to give her children up for foster care because of the problems in Nazi Germany.On the way there Lisel witnesses her brother die right in front of her with one last cough. During one of the transfers at a train stop, she and her mother are forced to bury her brother, and that is where Lisel steals her first book. The Grave Diggers Handbook. When Lisel and her mom finally get to their destination, Lisel meets her new family. She doesn’t like her mom too much, but she is immediately attracted to her new father, and finds comfort in his presence. Growing up during the world of Nazi Germany, and the world of Hitler, Lisel learns a lot about her character, what it means to be scared, what it means to be brave, and what it means to take risks.
After the Leaves Fall by Nicole Baart looks into the world of a young girl with a twisted family. Julia has had to deal with so many more issues than a normal girl by the age of 9 has had to deal with. When she was younger her mother left her and her father without looking back, and a few years later her father dies unexpectedly. When a girl has grown up in the church and then nothing but bad things happen to her it’s hard to remain close to her faith. Luckily she had her grandmother and a lifelong best friend of Thomas. Through these two she manages to get through middle school and high school without any other disasters. When she gets to college she believes that she has found the perfect guy for her, but he happens to be someone of authority. She is willing to break the rules a little bit, but rules are not always meant to be broken. Soon she notices that her life becomes awfully close to that of her mother’s.
I of course cannot tell a lie, and I do have to say that this book though still very good, is predictable and is like all other teen angst novels, about life, love, and abandonment. It’s a good easy read, but be prepared to know every twist and turn of the story before it happens.
Until next time, keep turning the pages
90s Born Reader