The Book Thief is one of those books that stays with you once you've read it. It is the story of a German girl and her foster-family in a working-class neighborhood during the Hitler regime. The narrator of the story is Death.
The writing is fantastic. The author uses vivid descriptions and especially color imagery in such a way that I found myself really seeing the events in my mind much more than I usually do when I read. The imagery evoked strong emotions for me, to the point that once I had to take a break for a while because I was a bit overwhelmed. The narrative voice was very interesting, and although it took me a chapter or two to get used to the book's format, I eventually could not put it down.
I think that what struck me was that throughout the darkness of the time and the horrors of war, there were good people who shined. Some of the characters surprised you with the goodness they were capable of. To me, that is real life...surprises at people's strength in a crisis, and other times being surprised by the evil they are capable of.
I could describe this book all day and still be unable to do it any justice. I highly recommend it, though, trust me. It just may give you a new outlook on something or teach you an important lesson. It certainly did to me.