This book has definitely made it to the top 5 of my list. Sooooo good. Markus Zusak may be the most talented author I have ever read. His writing is beautiful and smart. Though the topic of his book is not uncommon and is certainly not cheerful, he was able to be creative, add humor and make it his own. It is a truly unique story. The language was not great, but I understand that it was probably part of the lives he was describing. And I am able to skip over it if necessary. As a whole though, loved the book and would like to read more from markus Zusak.