I thought it was contrived and manipulative. I'm surprised that people are emotionally moved by it.
Saving one, rather technical book, from the Nazi's destruction and damaging, as well as sneaking into the Mayor's library to swipe a book, when his wife has invited and welcomed her to the library? A little melodramatic to now call her a "book thief".
Some important portrayals of the humanity of some, at their peril, while observing the disgusting inhumanity of Nazis, was worthy; but I thought this was an over dramatic formulaic novel. Hardly worthy of the praise heaped on it!