The Reader By Bernhard Schlink

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Goodreads Synopsis: When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

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This book was interesting for me to read because I’d actually seen the movie before I read this. And I actually thought the book bland in comparison to the movie.  Don’t worry, no one was more shocked than I to realize that. 😉

The story of Micheal and Hanna is a deep one, a complicated one. Micheal is a teenager and Hanna is an older woman, and yet here they are having an affair and Micheal is falling for her in a way he never falls for anyone else again.
In the book I didn’t feel emotionally connected to either characters. I’ve used the word bland once but I have to use it again because it fits perfectly. Micheal is bland. Hanna is bland, one-sided and possibly emotionally abusive.

I don’t really recommend reading the book honestly.  I gave the book 3 stars, so it’s an okay read. But I would highly recommend the movie. Hanna is played by Kate Winslet, she does a phenomenal job.  I kid you not I sobbed through most of the movie. It’s a powerful story of love and guilt and humans. mv5bmtm0ndqxnja0n15bml5banbnxkftztcwnduwmzcwmg-_v1_.jpg

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