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I have seen the movie now twice and am about to see it for a third time with my book club tomorrow and I could see it 100 times again and still not get tired of it. Note though, that I am not the kind of person to EVER re-watch anything. EVER. But this movie. It makes my heart pitter patter. It makes my book-loving, word-admiring, storytelling soul sore! This movie and book make me all giddy with joy and appreciation!
If you have not read the book you should literally drop everything and go read it. As Markus Zusak put it “it’s about a girl in Nazi Germany where Hitler is stealing lives with words and she steals the words back.”
If you have read the book you know that it’s amazing, so wonderfully written, a story about friendship and hope and how words can bring us closer together. And maybe you are worried how your beloved book would get translated into a movie? Don’t worry.
There’s a line in the trailer that made me stop and take a moment: “Sometimes life steals from you so you have to steal back.” That right there is the heart of the movie. If it was a beating living note of hope it would say just that: steal words to make your own story because books are life.
The movie grasps the message of the book and yes, I won’t lie, it’s taken some liberties with the material and while some things I wish to see more of (the relationship with Max, and Rudy, oh how I love Rudy) I didn’t feel like the story changed. You will laugh when Rudy paints himself like Jesse Owens, and cry when they say goodbye at the train station (and many more times), you will cheer when Liesl stands up to the bullies, and when she shares her story…
It really is a movie all of you wonderful book loving readers of mine won’t want to miss. It is so touching and also heartbreaking a story that you will be (like me) compelled to tell everyone to go watch it. So go forth, find it at your local movie theater, support this brilliant movie adaptations and enjoy it again and again like I did. You’ll thank me for it!
ALTERED by Gennifer Albin is out today so here’s a few pictures of Jost, Adelice & Erik to tide you over until you can go pick up your copy today!