To fulfil my resolution I set back in December, I began to read realistic fiction novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. This was the perfect find for me because I was recently interested with all the drama going on in the middle east with our troops and such, that I wanted to see it from a hero perspective. I was never really able to connect with others on this touchy subject as I was never interested in politics myself. I wanted to try something knew and broaden my viewpoints by seeing it from other people’s perspectives. While reading this book, I made many connections to the real world that I never knew existed. By successfully understanding how people lived in these settings and the problems they faced; I will now be able to apply this knowledge to my daily life.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a serious, but breathtaking novel in my opinion, which tells a story about main character, Billy Lynn, and his unit “Bravo Squad”, fighting in Iraq. They are fighting in a world-wide known fight called "the Battle of Al-Ansakar Canal". Billy Lynn and his squad come up victorious and are called back to the United States to be honored. Here, they are viewed as war heroes and are sent by the government on a trip called “Victory Tour” to spread awareness and attention for the war going on all the way across the world. One of the stops on this tour is a Dallas Cowboy’s game where they are to make star appearance with the one and only, Destiny’s Child. Not too long afterwards, they are informed that the government hasn’t relieved Lynn and his men from their duties in Iraq yet even though their major achievements. With this statement, they are to return back to Iraq. This causes problems for the men as they have family and friends waiting out in the crowd because of their arrival and thought to be end of duty in Iraq. Here Billy Lynn and his squad must find a way to full through and stay in the United States instead of getting sent back to Iraq.
I would recommend Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk to all teenagers who feel like they don’t know what's going on behind-the-scenes in the Middle East. With the knowledge you will gain from reading this novel, you will be able to make connections with political news that is being discussed everyday. This book opened my eyes and got me interested in a new genre of books that I never thought I would like. I will now be able to understand both sides of the conversation regarding military usage in this upcoming election.
Book Review by Raj Bramhane