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The Kite Runner is a story about an Afghan man’s mistakes and trauma in his past, as well as finding resolve and solace through a new beginning. Amir is born into a wealthy life, while his servant and greatest friend Hassan is much less fortunate. Although, because of the societal class rankings, Hassan is supposed to be inferior to Amir, Amir’s father treats him like his son and they both share a childhood together. However, when push comes to shove, Amir’s true loyalty for Hassan is put to the test and their lives are changed forever. Later on in the story, when Amir has immigrated to America, he must confront his past head on, even though for most of his life he wanted to escape it, and he is yet again faced with the question: to what leagues would one go for a comrade?
I found myself pulled in by the deep emotions each of the characters expressed in their struggles and interactions. Sometimes the story gets rather dark and gruesome, and while I know this may detract some readers, I loved how the serious mood and tone brought the story closer to reality and let the author give much more essence to his topics. Hosseini revolves the plot around the themes of what it means to be a friend, an outsider and a man. I recommend The Kite Runner to anyone who wants to experience a powerful rollercoaster of emotions and gain a greater understanding of these themes, as well as the rarely-spoken evils of societies less privileged than ours. - Aydin A. (Sunset Teen Advisory Council)