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Friday, September 13, 2013
Like a Thief in the Night
First Published: January 1, 2005
Growing up I read every children's or young adult book taking place in the Holocaust I could find. I remember being 11-years-old, at the National Holocaust Museum, disappointed because I had read almost every single book they had for sale. If only I could have know that how YA books would explode in the coming years, and with that explosion the books that would be expending that niche.
Considering my background, I was surprised at how unique I found the story in here. In some ways I almost wouldn't call it a book about the Holocaust, but instead a book that happens to take place during the Holocaust. One thing that seemed to have made it stand out to is that Liesel, the main character, wasn't Jewish. But even so, some of the favorites I remember, namely The Devil in Vienna and Mischling, Second Degree, were told from a similar perspective.
As a teen I think I would have loved this book. Even now, I really enjoyed it, except I don't think it lived up to my expectations. I do think this is a classic case of reading amazing reviews over and over, and setting unrealistic expectations. Also the fact that death is the narrator, which so many people loved and found so unique, was almost old news to me since I kept hearing others gush about it.
Even with my complaints, this is one I won't forget, and I'm hoping to be able to drag the boy to the movie. If you haven't read it yet, I definitely think you should, and hopefully my review puts it in perspective for you to create more realistic expectations.
Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!