The Teen Reviewer

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: 4/5 STARS 

       “Amir jan, please don’t leave”, pleaded Rahim Khan.

I opened the door and turned to him. “Why? What can you possibly say to me? I’m thirty-eight years old and I’ve just found out my whole life is one big freaking lie! What can you possibly say to make things better? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing!”

And with that, I stormed out of the apartment.

            The above quote found on page 235 is just one of the many suspenseful lines that made readers like myself almost fall from their chair. The Kite Runner is most definitely a novel well worth your time. It was an absolute page turner that kept me up well into the night still devouring it. Khaled Hosseini, the author, cleverly conjures up a novel that both male and female older audiences will enjoy. It has suspense, action and a sprinkle of mystery to create a heartbreaking tale. The Kite Runner is 394 pages long and for those of us expecting a never-ending tale, thinks again.

            The Kite Runner is about two boys, Amir and Hassan, living in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Amir and Hassan have been friends since they were born; speaking each other’s names as their first words however they have a forbidden friendship. Hassan is a Hazara and is a servant of Amir’s. The two remain friends until the day of the kite running tournament. Both children were 12, still so young. Amir and Hassan were participating in the annual kite fighting contest. The duo was performing greatly and won the contest however when Hassan ran the last kite, an older boy named Assef assaulted him while Amir just watched. Since then, the two went their separate ways. Throughout this novel, Amir learns how his descion shaped the rest of his life. But is it too late to right the wrongs he made after all these years?

            Although I enjoyed the novel, I do have a few complaints. For example, even though the plot is original, at times may seem a tad lengthy. The descriptions were detailed however some seemed to take too long. A few times the book was too predictable and I could easily skip a chapter and not be confused. Whether this is because I felt like killing Amir after he framed Hassan or it really was a bore, the book itself was nonetheless incredible.

            The Kite Runner gives a great message that should be learned for people of all ages. It teaches us that we can’t wait forever to make choices because it may be too late and also that are choices we make now can have an effect on our future. Amir waits too long to make decisions and then the moment is over. He is a coward. He does not act on his thoughts. Amir wanted to help Hassan but he didn’t. This scarred his life and ruined a great friendship. Our choices we make now shape or future. Because Amir framed Hassan he lost his friend but Hassan met his wife and bore a child. By changing that one action when he was 12, both lives would be changed. What is worse: doing something and wishing you hadn’t or doing nothing and wishing you had?

            Khaled Hosseini is a stupendous author. His books are a New York Times bestseller and have been praised frequently by both professional critics and regular people. He commonly writes sad yet realistic novels targeted at older teens and up. All of his other works are all centered in Afghanistan. His inspiration is from Persian poetry and from living in Kabul, befriending Hazaras. Other titles by Khaled Hosseini include ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. His book, ‘The Kite Runner’ has been turned into a film. Books by Hosseini certainly will not disappoint.

            I strongly recommend ‘The Kite Runner’ to readers between the ages 13 and up who enjoy memoirs, action, romance and sadness. The characters, plot and setting are written very well and the author’s message is clear to readers. Be prepared to travel to Kabul through imagery. Khaled Hosseini is a fantastic author and his debut novel is an amazing success and a true page-turner. Read ‘The Kite Runner’ and embark on the journey with Amir to learn about true friendship. For you, a thousand times over

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