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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I had to read this book for school and I wasn’t too excited about it. I had read this author’s second novel  A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was good, but it was also for school. These two books are not books I would’ve chosen for myself at the bookstore. But I have heard many good things about  The Kite Runner including how messed up it is. And well after reading his other novel, I believed it. I had heard so much about it that when my Lit teacher gave us a list of books we could read,  I thought why not figure out what all the hype was about?

Honestly, I wasn’t shocked by what happened to the characters in the book.That could possibly be because I’ve read another one of his books previously or because I just have read a lot more between now and then. Whichever one, I just wasn’t shocked. I still thought it was messed up and eye opening. As someone who lives in a safe middle-class family in America, I don’t understand all the horrible things that happened to the characters. I don’t understand the war and all the things that were going on in Afghanistan during the 70’s- early 2000’s.

I thought the book was good and eye opening. It’s definitely something I would recommend to high schoolers just because of the content in it. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars because yeah it was good, but it wasn’t incredible.

I’ve been in a slumpy mood lately because of reading crappy books, but I am reading a book that I think will cure that! Plus all my college applications are almost done which makes me extremely happy!

Until Next Time



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