A few adjectives to describe this novel:
Lyrical: Zusak’s prose is stunning: "Her voice was like suicide, landing with a clunk at Leisel’s feet"; "Clouds walked by like white monsters with gray hearts."
Beautiful: How else to describe a novel about humanity, set in Nazi Germany, and narrated by Death?
Tragic: Even moments of beauty are rendered bittersweet by the knowledge of what is to come.
Honest: Narrated by Death, the novel is told in a straightforward fashion, warts and all. And there are many, many warts to show.
Touching: The story will make you ache, but you will welcome it when it comes.
Brilliant: No other word best describes it.
You must read this book.