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Books that SERIOUSLY... Made us cry: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

WOULD IT BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT TO SAY THAT WE 'CRIED'? YES, YES IT WOULD...

Hey guys, we're kicking of our new 'Books that SERIOUSLY...' feature here with the monthly topic being:

Books that SERIOUSLY... Made us cry

Since we're talking about books that SERIOUSLY made us cry, there was no way we were not gonna mention this. 

Yep, John Boyne's The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas book made us start ugly-crying so badly that by the end we were pretty much dehydrated... no joke...


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 from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see 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 to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.


Most people have watched the movie by now, but we strongly recommend you read the book. Don't forget your box of tissues for the last few chapters if you do! You've been warned. You most probably will cry. 

Our favourite quotes from The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas:
“The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you've found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone. Like a dead mouse at the back of the cupboard.”

“What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?”

“...Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.”

“We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that?”


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