I admit it and I am not ashamed, I am a YA-dystopian-romance-fantasy fanatic. When I hear the word, “serious,” about a book, I flip my switch and start my perfunctory routine of mhmm’s, ooh’s, head nods, and pursed smiles. However, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, had received praise from high and low. It seemed as if it was a staple book that wasn’t on the required book lists we get from school. Although there was high praise, it also came with a tear-jerker warning. So grab a box of tissues and prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster ride.
The book starts off with two friends: Amir and Hassan. Hassan is Amir’s servant, or Hazara, an ethnic group that is believed to be “lower” because they are Shi’ite Muslims. Hassan and Amir grew up together like brothers and were “fed from the same breast,” as Baba (Amir’s father) says. Amir was a young boy that was scrawny, liked books, and was a hopeless coward. Hassan was an utterly devoted friend and servant, willing to sacrifice anything for Amir. However, after Amir ultimately betrays Hassan, can their brotherly relationship still last? The Kite Runner reveals the love, loyalty, and sacrifices each character makes, while several political events unfold in Afghanistan and tragedy is left in its wake. This leaves Amir to pick up the pieces of his past and somehow, if he is willing, put them back together. Hosseini beautifully crafts a story of brotherhood and exposes his readers to the reality of Afghanistan, while breaking your heart at the same time.
If you asked me if I loved this book, I’d have to say a wavering no. The only reason I say that is because I am not satisfied. I couldn’t accept the ending. However, I deeply respect The Kite Runner. I finished the second half of it on our snow day and cried 5 times. But it wasn’t all sad crying. On top of that, I cried over an acceptance that finally happen. I cried for the infallible loyalty. And I cried for frustration and unfairness of the world. This book really opened my eyes to devastating situation in Afghanistan. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone. The crying is worth it. I promise you.
Karen Cao an eleventh grader at Novi High, is a figure skater, and pommer. In her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and making + eating food. She hopes to go into dentistry at the University of Detroit Mercy.