Should Liesel and Max have been more than friends?(spoilers)

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Re: Should Liesel and Max have been more than friends?(spoil

Post by RoxieRoxFox » 13 Oct 2016, 14:14

I was a fan of a possible Liesel/Max relationship, post-war. In the book, it ends somewhat ambiguously. I read a review by the author, who said that it was up to the reader's interpretation. So, in my mind, they lived happily together for the rest of their lives.

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Post by Dh_ » 18 Mar 2017, 17:17

I think that they are better off as siblings because it seemed like there was a pretty big age gap. I can see why it looks like they were heading towards being more than friends, but I can't imagine it. I thought Liesel and Rudy would end up together.
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Post by Yemurai » 09 Aug 2017, 09:02

I kinda thought Liesel and Max were headed in that direction anyway. They obviously would be better as more that friends. They get along well, and have genuine affection for each other.

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Post by Shrabastee » 13 Apr 2018, 02:41

It was one of my questions after watching the movie. I was curious about the nature of their bonding. Both the scenes where Max leaves the Huberman household and after bidding goodbye to others kisses Liesel on the forehead, and where Max and Liesel were reunited made me think that they would be more than siblings. In fact, in the last scene, the mention of 'friendship' made me feel a little disappointed. However, in the book, they always felt like brother and sister. That portrayal of their character never left any space for doubt. I don't know if it was just because I had since learnt to accept the fact that they were nothing more than siblings or because the author made their chemistry as siblings more realistic.

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Post by Mehwish Mohsin » 13 Apr 2018, 03:22

It was one of my questions after watching the movie. I was curious about the nature of their bonding. Both the scenes where Max leaves the Huberman household and after bidding goodbye to others kisses Liesel on the forehead, and where Max and Liesel were reunited made me think that they would be more than siblings. In fact, in the last scene, the mention of 'friendship' made me feel a little disappointed. However, in the book, they always felt like brother and sister. That portrayal of their character never left any space for doubt. I don't know if it was just because I had since learnt to accept the fact that they were nothing more than siblings or because the author made their chemistry as siblings more realistic.

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Post by FilmStar » 11 May 2018, 09:30

Yes! I wanted them together the whole time. I don't care about the age difference. Even though the author confirmed that Liesel and Max don't end up together, he did say he doesn't mind if people ship them anyways. I'll choose to do that:)

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Post by Laura Bach » 02 Jun 2018, 04:55

I never thought about that possibility. I think it would have been a little forced, since the story was not about that. It was better the way it actually ended, at least that's what I think.

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Post by BookishCoffeeBlog » 10 Jun 2018, 22:14

I agree with how the book ends. I think there were more important themes in this book and a different relationship might have distracted from them. I also think that there is a distinct lack of good friendships in young literature and I would love to see more friendships like that of Max and Liesel.

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Post by julessawyer » 08 Jul 2018, 06:47

I love the ending of the book. They are like siblings. The ending was perfectly fine with me. Max and Liesel were already lucky enough to have seen each other again despite the tumultuous time they were in and the "race" difference that separates them. I already find it ideal to some degree especially they live in Nazi Germany.
Pushing for them to become more than siblings is pushing it too much.

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Post by ArriettyClock » 09 Jul 2018, 10:30

I think it was more realistic that as children they were acting as close friends and had a more brother-sister bond. It made his death even more moving that Liesel had this "what if" mentality.

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Post by Daniya-Shah57 » 11 Sep 2018, 03:31

Romance between Liesel and Max would have change the whole vibe of the story. I believe they were better off as friends. He was more like an elder brother to him.

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