The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (2006) is a well written book about a young boy whose family is well involved in the holocaust. It starts of as a young boy named Bruno whose family moved to the middle of Poland because of his father's job promotion, as the leader of a Jewish Concentration camp. As Bruno is bored out of his mind living at his new home, his curiosity leads him to meet a boy inside the camp named Shmuel. As the two boys develop a strong friendship, it all ends at the end with sad consequences.
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The book contains a strong message about friendship. As the book is set is the early 1940s, people didn’t have Wi-Fi or Smartphones or anything like that. But Bruno managed to find a way to develop a strong friendship. So I would say the book's message is that if you are bored in a new place, let curiosity take you to make friends.
As the author, John Boyne, put the book is first person perspective; it was easy to know more about Bruno. Boyne made it easy to know everything you needed to know about each main character. Boyne also made the book very interesting and you would always want to go read some more. It was just the timeline and events that made it so interesting.
Personally it was probably one of the best books I have ever read. The storyline was very well done, also something interesting always happened in every chapter, which once I knew that I always wanted to read, which for me doesn't happen very often since I’m not your average bookworm. Despite the book were very sad consequences since the time period was during the holocaust, I still wanted to keep reading. Boyne writes a very interesting, well written, and just plain excellent book called The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas.
Book Reviewed by Joe McDonald
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