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Getting The Girl Paperback – June 1, 2004
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His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (also known as Getting the Girl), released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia, and the USA.
The Messenger (or I am the Messenger), published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America. It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur prize in Germany.
It is The Book Thief, however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia. It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories. It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has now been adapted into a major motion picture.
The Book Thief (the film adaptation) is directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and was shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast is headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King's Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also includes exciting new talents Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar), with Nelisse cast as The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger.
The Guardian calls The Book Thief "a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told." The New York Times: "Brilliant and hugely ambitious...the kind of book that can be life-changing." The Age: "an original, moving, beautifully written book."
Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.
Top Customer Reviews
And changed my mind. Getting the Girl is not the shallow sex story I assumed. It is a moving account of a boy and his life, his relationships--with "the girl", but more importantly, with his family and with himself--and his longing for "okayness." Cameron is a believable character that you will grow to support, ache for, and feel attached to. The supporting characters have depth and truth, the plot is interesting, the setting is not stated but you get a feel for the where and the when.
Cameron grows as a person before your eyes as the author shaves off layer after layer to reveal him on the inside.
Like so many younger brothers, Cameron is trying to grow in the shadow of his brothers, and it's not working for him. Rubes gets all the girls, accomplishes all the heroics, and stands on his own in the world. Cameron can only "want" that. It takes Octavia, not the girl he thought he was waiting for, but the real thing, to enter his life by surprise and plant the seed of strength in Cameron that he didn't know he had soil for.
At first, Cameron's secret journal writings feel too advanced for the kid we meet, but he grows into them, or they grow into him. Either way, they work well to add a deeper level to this already emotionally complex novel. They reveal a maturity in Cameron that feels right when the end of the story comes around.
If our lives truly are made up of moments, as Cameron says they are, that those moments are the pieces of us, then this story is a piece worth carrying with you, one you'll want to applaud with your noble clapping hands. When the last raindrop has fallen, the question it's asking us might be -- "What moments make up that life of yours?"
Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens
Lyrical and evocative, GETTING THE GIRL is not so much about Cameron's crushes as it is about family, self-discovery through writing, and the reality of teen love. Cameron's voice is graceful with a perfect blend of wisdom and naivete, of learning the differences between lusting from afar and real-life dating. Readers will identify with him at the same time they want to strangle him for being so pigheaded, doing things like sitting outside the house of a girl who hates him. The change in Cameron and Ruben's relationship is satisfying and realistic. Those who are looking for a thoughtful yet strong male character will find a perfect match in this elegant sequel to FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE.
--- Reviewed by Carlie Kraft
Getting The Girl is not the story that you think it is by the title, it is not about the act of getting the girl it is the journey that Cam spends getting there and what a journey it is that Zusak shares. I would recommend this book to anyone regardless of age.
There is a realness to the story that touches the emotions of the reader and always leaves you with a feeling of "okayness".
Buy the book, read it and plan on reading it again.
Once again, thanks Markus Zusak for sharing your talent
Marcus Zusak is one of the rare type of authors that can make a character seem so lifelike it's like they're sitting next to you. Each one was entirely believable and I found myself falling in love with the book before the end of the first chapter. The characters all but jumped off the pages.
The main focus of the book is on real hunger. Hunger to want better for yourself. Hunger to be someone. I've never read anything like it before.
Simply put, it's perfection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I WOULD READ THE PHONE BOOK IF THIS AUTHOR WROTE IT. HIS WRITING IS BEAUTIFUL.Published 7 months ago by Debbie Owen
This such a GREAT autore..".THE book Thief "and "I am the messenger" are great. So it is such a huge disappointment to read this. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lila
This is excellent Australian novel. I love this author and wish he published morePublished 14 months ago by Sandra Pitt
I love Markus Zusak's books, I feel I have received an injection of goodness when I finish reading. Roll on the next book!!Published 16 months ago by Shirley Crowe
Write more books please Mr Zusak, Nice style without being a literary ponce.Published 16 months ago by Tony Pietersma
I'm on a path to read everything Markus zusak has written. Getting the girl is unexplainable. Again Markus takes you on a journey. It's real. That's the trouble. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michelle