The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne I give this book 3 stars as it was a good "story". And it should be read as such. Not as an introduction to the topic of the Holocaust as it says on the back of the book. It wasn't an historically accurate portrayal of one of the most evil periods in history. Frankly, I didn't find it shocking enough. Sad, of course. But that time in history was SO MUCH more than that. I don't think this should be a student's introduction to the Holocaust. Start with Anne Frank of course. Or The Book Thief.

I get that the author was trying to contrast the innocence of the main character, Bruno, son of a Nazi general, with the brutality of what was going on around him, but Bruno wasn't innocent in a sweet way, more of in a I want to slap that kid upside the head and tell him to get a clue way. The boy in the striped pajamas was a much more endearing character and I wish the author had done more to develop his character.