I think this is one of the most discussed books published in the last few years. The story can be considered either too shocking, or not shocking enough, is Bruno really this naive?
Well, I don't really care for those things, when I read a book I mostly just want to enjoy it (though in this context it may sound a but weird, I'm sure you understand what I'm trying to say). I wanted to read this book ever after my mother told me the story (and even the telling made me cry -which really is unusual!), reading the book wasn't any different. Is this the best way to teach your children about the holocaust, I'm not sure. But besides that, I think it was a well written, quite shocking story.
After this book I went on to read other books written by John Boyne, like The House of Special Purpose, Mutiny On The Bounty, etc, and actually John Boyne has turned into one of my favorite authors!