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Subject: Comments on the Book Thief
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 11:14 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I have this on my WL and my14 year old daughter just told me she had read it in school but was bored by it. Can anyone tell me what may have turned her off?

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 12:41 PM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2007
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Did she finish it? I had a hard time wanting to finish it, but am glad I stuck with it. It's on my list of favorite books (I gave it five stars). It even made me tear up and get choked up so much my throat hurt. It does start out with little action but it picks up.

Date Posted: 9/2/2010 12:06 PM ET
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This is a book that took me about 3 months to read.  It was slow in the begining, so I kept putting it down.  But...it was still intriguing enough where I didn't want to give up on it completely.  I read the last third in about 2 days.  Well worth it.

Date Posted: 9/6/2010 1:59 AM ET
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It could have been that while there is a plot, there is a lot of internal stuff going on.  Death, the narrator, lets us in on his internal struggle and the struggles of the characters.

I thought it was a fabulous book, but I can see a 14 year old wanting some more exciting stuff to happen.  Also, it was long--maybe that was the problem for her.