The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  • Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Drama
  • Rating: 5/5 Stars
  • Purchase Links: Amazon
  • Page Count: 371 pages (from Goodreads)
  • More Information: For more information, reviews, etc, please view the Goodreads link here.
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Synopsis (from Goodreads; also, I did not want to possibly spoil anything, so I only took a part of the Synopsis): 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.

What I Think: 

I’m going to start off this review and be completely honest – I was slightly dreading reading this book. I haven’t read many books in the historical genre type and while I had heard rave reviews on this book, I also was very skeptical and thought I would not like it. I was wrong.

The Kite Runner revolves around Amir and Hassan, two young boys living in Afghanistan. Amir and Hassan are friends and, one day, something happens that changes their relationship forever shapes the way they live.

This story is heartbreaking. This is not a light and easy read. This story left me assured that it couldn’t get worse and as soon as the thought crossed my mind, it did.

The character development in this story is incredible and if you’ve read the story, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The writing is fantastic and I was truly invested in the lives of these boys and their families. I wanted to read “just one more chapter” and ended up finishing the entire book in one afternoon.

While this isn’t a light and easy read, I truly recommend this book for everyone who would like to read it. There are very dark themes in this book. I do not want to spoil anyone in case they haven’t read it, but if you have any specific questions about certain themes in this story and are worried about reading it, feel free to ask me and I’ll try to contact you and answer any questions you have. Again, if you have any inkling you might want to read this book, I highly suggest you do.


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