I just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It was really not what I had expected it to be. The first thing that threw me off was that it was a young adult novel, but I am not sure why. It seemed pretty adult to me, I am really unsure what qualified it as young adult. I am not an expert on the subject obviously. The next thing that threw me off was that it was narrated by Death. Personally I think if the author had just told the story without the narration it would have been better. I liked the story, it was sad but good and a very interesting perspective. I sometimes wished a bit more detail was put into the story, so I could understand a bit more about the background of the characters. The underlying moral of the story, that words are like weapons, that can be planted for good or evil, was quite brilliant. I really liked how that unfolded. I loved the relationships the author built as well. For some reason though, the style prevented me from engaging in the story until about 2/3rds of the way through the book. In the end I liked it, and appreciated the story, but I didn’t love it and am not sure if I would recommend it. It did make me think though.