Rating: 4.5 Stars
Target: Realistic/Cultural Fiction for Ages 12+
Category: Well-Written and Memorable Storyline, a Must-Read
Alice Awards: Silver Favorites
Thoughts: Set in Kabul, Afghanistan and later, America, The Kite Runner tells the story of a troubled friendship between two boys: the wealthy Amir and his Hazara servant, Hassan. I empathized a lot with the childhood version of the main character, because he wasn’t perfect. He had a mean streak, yet he was bullied. He had a father he desperately pleased. And all in all, he was kind of pathetic. But he felt so much emotion, so much of the characteristic guilt. He was definitely very good at heart and he had a lot he regretted later. I like these unconventional main characters, the ones who aren’t perfectly good. And the tragedies in the Kite Runner made me cry.
Best Features: (1) The main character’s imperfection (2) emotions
Everybody has been telling me to read this book. I’m glad I did. I don’t know if I’ll read it again and again , but The Kite Runner was definitely something special.