Book Review : The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

boy-in-the-striped-pajamasTitle : The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Author : John Boyne

Publisher : David Fickling Books

Release date : September 12th, 2006

Rating : 5/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Review :

I gotta say, I had high expectations for this book because of everything I heard about it. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Bruno, the main kid, was a little pain in the a**. I understand for a boy his age, being brought up privileged and sheltered, it’s easy to become a spoiled little brat, ok? But still, understanding it didn’t make me sympathize.

Until, he became nice to another boy he didn’t know and wanted to befriend. Those boys HAD.NO.CLUE what was happening, which is one of the main reasons why I loved this book. THEIR INNOCENCE pierced me through and through, and my heart was wrecked. Such a strong reaction to a book told me that IT WAS WONDERFUL. Bruno mispronounces Auschwitz and Fuhrer, but we know what he means and what it entails, and we know that boy in the striped pajamas isn’t wearing PAJAMAS.

I am wrecked.

Boyne did a great job at representing their innocence; the way Bruno thought, Boyne described it well. How sad is it to see a clueless child in the middle of such horror? That’s what the author managed to do.

Only thing, though, after I watched the movie, I thought that the mother in the book could’ve been a bit more like the one in the movie. More THERE, more EMOTIONAL and CARING. Anyway, read it, is my suggestion.



5 thoughts on “Book Review : The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

  1. Lamia says:

    This reminds me of another book. The historical context is fictional but very similar to this book. It’s called Among the hidden, you should give it a go. It’s amaaazing 💖


  2. Lamia says:

    Yeah exactly ! (: Another good ww2 related book is The Wave. It illustrates the effect and pull of propaganda in a modern context. It’s captivating and terrifying at the same time. The manipulation is mind blowing


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