This week we wanted to bring a more reminiscent story of a pair of boys learning about friendship, betrayal and growing up too fast. I first read The Kite Runner in high school and remembered being very deeply impacted by the raw pain I felt for both the protagonist and antagonist. It was the first time I read a story that felt so human and realistic, which is why I always recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a read that will leave a permanent imprint on your world view.
This riveting book encouraged me as a teen to view the world more positively through a very different lens. While reading the story of Amir and his journey through the varying stages of oppression and then enlightenment, I really believed I was reading a retelling of a true story. However, when I reached the contrived end, I was reminded that this was a complex fictional novel brought to life by Khalid Hosseini.
“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.” -Book Synopsis
This book is a must read for those of you who are looking to travel to a different time and place, which is vastly foreign compared to the developed first world we are living in. The Kite Runner is an unforgettable tale of two people with an uncommon bond which gets torn by hard decisions and later healed by courage. I strongly recommend reading this page turning novel this summer!