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anonymous asked:

You should do a crash course or just a vlogbrothers video review on The Book Thief because I'm interested in hearing your opinions on the book as I am currently finishing it now. I haven't been able to put it down and am reluctant to read the last page.

I reviewed The Book Thief in the NYT Book Review when it first came out. 

(I loved it, although of course at the time had no idea it would go on to become one of the bestselling and most beloved books of the past decade. Zusak is one of my favorite writers; his other books seem to me underappreciated, particularly his first novel Fighting Ruben Wolfe.)

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Underdogs by Markus Zusak.

I love Markus Zusak. I could probably go on for a ridiculous amount of time on how great his writing is (It’s seriously great. I love everything about it. I wish that I had talent as great as he does) but you’re just gonna have to trust me (unless you want like a huge review to read).

So, not only is his writing great but so are his stories. Underdogs consists of three novels. You have Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and Getting the Girl. When I finished Underdog I was so scared because it wasn’t as great as his other stories. I was so worried that the other two books in the series wouldn’t be as good but I kept reading anyway and they turned out amazing!

The relationship between Cam and Rube is so strong. They have a sibling relationship where they fight and argue and treat each other like crap sometimes but they are always there for each other. Watching the story unfold from Cams eyes helps you to see him develop as a person too. You can see his growth and it’s one of the best character growths that I’ve read. That single handedly makes these books one of my favourites.

Lastly, one thing that I value in books, which coincidently a lot of books lack, is that it has a consistency of family. The Wolfe family goes through hell but they stay together. It’s inspiring.

Basically, if you haven’t got the hint by now I’m telling you to read these books!!!

 Underdogs by Markus Zusak deserves a 5/5 and a place on my favourites shelf.  

“See, Cameron. The only things i care about in this life are me, you,Mum, Dad, Steve, Sarah. And maybe Miffy. The rest of the world means nothing to me. The rest of the world can rot.”

“Am I like that too?”

“You? No way.” There’s a slight gap in his words. “And that’s your problem. You care about everything.”

He’s right.
I do.

—  Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Markus Zusak.
Rube’s a winner because he wants to beat the loser out of himself. Steve knows he’s a winner, but I think Rube’s still trying to prove it to himself. He’s fiercer, more fiery, ready to beat all loss from his vision.
He’s Fighting Ruben Wolfe.
Or is he actually fighting Ruben Wolfe?
Inside him.
Proving himself.
To himself.
I don’t know.
It’s in each eye.
The question.
Each breath.
Who’s fighting who?
—  Fighting Ruben Wolfe, Markus Zusak