I think The Book Thief was a great book despite all the swearing and the sadness. The swearing adds realism to the book, a nice touch. What did we expect? Them to be singing I am a Child of God? No. There is always a light in something or someone, even if you can’t see it, it’s there. The Book Thief was worth all of the darkness because of the result: a light, a spark, satisfaction. The positive outweighs the negative by a lot. Most of the darkness, or, all of it, goes to the movie. Are we gonna think of The Book Thief as a cry fest? Why not find some positive things about the book?
Secrets. Sometimes they hurt people, sometimes they bring envy, and sometimes they are for the better. A time a secret would be okay, is if your life is at stake. Just like the Hubbermans; Max was their secret, their burden to bear. A good secret to keep is something personal. Like your crush. Trying to cover-up something, like murder, or you cheated on your stuffed animal, doing drugs. Those are bad secrets; not okay. Sometimes secrets are better for someone. Like “Hey mom, where do babies come from?” Better to keep that hidden. Or telling your child he’s adopted. That’s hard. So you keep it a secret.