Reviews: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne

boy in striped pjsJohn Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is another popular choice among the WWII reading challenge participants.  Here are excerpts from some recent reviews [click their links to read the full reviews]:

Michele from A Reader’s Respite says:

The ending is one of those jaw-dropping, never-saw-it-coming endings.  A Reader’s Respite turned the last page, rested the book on our lap and simply sat there in awe and wonder for a full fifteen minutes….the ending is that amazing.

Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea says:

Bruno’s innocence about what is going on around him seems very unbelievable, but what this innocence does is make the conclusion of this book all the more shocking. This is one story I will never forget.

Heather from Book Addiction says:

It was less heavy than I expected – the prose is simple, the story moves along smoothly and isn’t nearly as depressing as I expected.  It was easy for me to get lost in the book and read it in one sitting.

Suey from It’s All About Books says:

The story is told very much through his [a 9-year-old German boy] eyes. He doesn’t understand at all most of what is going on. He is very naive and sheltered. And I like this. It kept me more distant from the “real” story, which I think is why I handled it all better than I expected. Maybe some people are bugged by that, but I thought it was a very interesting and unique way to approach the Holocaust issue.

Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog says:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a great book that will really make you think and leave you teary-eyed and sad.  It’s about blind ambition and prejudices and how both can cloud our judgement and affect everyone around us.

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**Attention participants:  remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

1 Comment

  1. wow, you are on a roll….


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