I picked this up quite a few times at the bookstore and read the first few pages but just couldn't get into it. Then I read really wonderful reviews of it so figured I'd try one more time. I'm so glad I did!
What turned me off at first was the fact that Death is narrating the book and the beginning is a bit weird. But, once I got past that, it was so, so good.
Death tells the story of Liesel a young girl growing up in WWII Germany. She lives with foster parents and they hide a Jewish man whom Liesel befriends.
She's called The Book Thief because at her brother's funeral, she steals a book even though she can't even read. When she gets to her foster home, her Papa teaches her how. After that she steals books because she loves them.
The writing was absolutely superb. Descriptions are simple but, somehow, they just glow. I did not want this book to end.