I read this book because my students asked me if we were going to watch the movie as a part of our Holocaust unit.
The author, John Boyne, describes his tale as a fable – an allegorical narrative written to make a point. And I believe the story is just that. I grew attached to Bruno and his nine-year-old naievity. It was different to view the events through his eyes.
I did not anticipate the ending until it was coming to a close. But I don’t see how it could have ended any other way.
I really don’t want to give too much away, as that would spoil YOUR reading of it.