Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne 

Published – September 12th 2006

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a book set in Berlin 1942, and follows a 8 year old boy Bruno. It is a powerful story which outlines how war has changed Bruno’s life. I finish reading this book in a day and it is made its way into my all time favorite list very easily. The story highlights a very innocent friendship between Bruno (German) and Shmuel (Jew) and will leave you in tears.


This book made me realize the power of literature and how authors can influence the way you feel and perceive with their powerful writing. The effects of war and suffering of everyone including adults and children has been highlighted throughout the book, however, most people who read this book are emotionally moved when an unexpected incident occurs at the end. I feel like that was exactly the emotion which John Boyne wanted his readers to feel. Thus, I can’t shut up about the power of good writing and how it can shape the way you perceive and feel things.

IMG_1555It is a short book with about 200 pages to read, but the book takes you through a multitude of emotions which makes it impossible to stop reading this book once you have begun. I would also like to add that there are mixed reviews of this book online as some readers have felt like this hasn’t depicted the suffering of actual children in WW2. This might not be an exact representation of ALL facts but that’s exactly why it is Historical Fiction.

Rating – ♥♥♥♥♥ / 5


I would recommend everyone to read this book and decide if you like it or not. Have you read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? What are your thoughts?

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