That quote is on the cover of the paperback version of The Book Thief.
And it's not an exaggeration.
Initially, I had zero desire to read this book. I wasn't really sure what it is about, and I'd never heard anything about it. Then, high school. Despite my abhorrence of school, it certainly helps me wet my feet in the many different kinds of books I wouldn't otherwise reach out to. This was one of those books.
I vaguely remember being on vacation with my cousin and being at a Barnes and Noble and picking up this book, examined the covers. The title intrigued me. But I couldn't find enough to decide to read it.
My school has a Summer Reading program, where we have to read an assigned book over the summer and take a test on it within the first day or so of school.
This was my assigned book; the book for sophomores in honors English.
This was one of THE BEST books I have ever read.
Told from the viewpoint of Death, it gave a very interesting and enlightening perspective. The storyline takes place during the time of World War II. About a girl who steals her first book at her brothers graveside.
Read this. You truly will not regret it.
This novel made me smile down at the pages, and it made me bawl. And I mean, BAWL. I knew, I KNEW! World War II, people die, and I WILL cry. But even with the warning, I got attached. To each and every character in a way only a very, very polished writer can do. Markus Zusak suspends chronological order very often, letting you know what will happen, but you still CANNOT STOP! You still hope! You hope maybe some crazy, twisted things happen and everyone will live happily ever after! But its historical fiction. And in the real world, you can't live happily ever after. It just doesn't happen. At least not often.
Through absolutely beautiful wording (that is a high level read, by the way) you will fall in love. And you will cry, if you have a heart. (Just kidding. But I would wonder if you didn't get teary AT ALL.)
It's truly a classic. It reminds us of history, and the danger that one human could be.