Another key element of the story is that Liesel’s foster parents end up hiding a Jewish man named Max in their basement, and the story showcases the bond that he develops with the family and Liesel. The story also revolves around Liesel’s relationship with her neighbor and best friend Rudy, and he is her constant support and partner in crime. The entire story is full of many emotionally captivating moments, and the level of descriptions in the book is strange and vivid, yet poignant. One of the things that really struck me is just the everyday events that occur that are made to seem normal like the kids having to go to Hitler Youth Meetings or having Jews paraded through their town on a regular basis on their way to concentration camps. It seems so strange to read about, but for the characters in the book it was a part of their life during that time.
I was initially hesitant to read this book because although I find WWII to be very interesting, stories that take place during this time period, and particularly stories involving the Holocaust, can be so emotionally draining to read sometimes. I was worried that this book was just going to be super heavy and depressing, but it ended up being much different than I expected. While there are definitely very sad and emotional moments, the overall story had a lot of of moments of happiness too. I wouldn’t say it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read, but it’s definitely a really good read. If you enjoy historical fiction, I’d definitely suggest putting it on your summer reading list!
That’s all for me today friends, I’ve got lots of work to finish up before the weekend! I’m super excited because one of my best friends from high school is coming to Tahoe later today to stay with us for the weekend, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful. I’m looking forward to lots of sunshine, good food, girl talk, and time by the lake over the next few days! Hope your weekend is fabulous as well! Xoxo