The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
My name is Lucy, I am in the ninth grade. I like to play hockey, ski, and rock climb.
The Kite Runner is a thrilling book about a boy named Amir who learns betrayal and loyalty while he grows up in Kabul, the heart of Afghanistan. It takes place in times when the country is going through many changes. It is very important to Amir that he proves himself to his father. Through his younger years Amir is accompanied by Hassan, his servant. He enjoys spending time with Hassan, but won’t call his friend. However, they race kites together, fend off the bully Assef and his minions, and overall enjoy childhood. As Amir grows up he does many regretful things, which leads to Amir and his father moving to America, leaving Hassan back in Afghanistan. Leaving Hassan back in Afghanistan is very hard for Amir’s father, because his relationship is very strong with Hassan. Will Amir ever go back to repair things, or will he live in guilt?
I think that this book was very well written. It is descriptive and really shows the emotion of what the characters are experiencing through figurative language. I read this book for my English class, and as someone who usually doesn’t enjoy assigned books I really liked The Kite Runner. It felt realistic and relatable to the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good read, that is hard to put down. It is also a good way to learn about the recent events in Afghanistan and how that feels through the eyes of children, as well as adults. It also gives insight into how different the religious and ethnic groups are in Afghanistan. Many lessons can be learned through the themes of Kite Runner, including guilt, betrayal, and loyalty.