The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Posted January 19th, 2011 by literature

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Ikite-runner-book-jacketn Khaled Hosseini’s splendid young adult novel, he describes a world of peace and harmony. In this seemingly-ancient Afghanistan, a young boy enjoys the fruits of his wonderful life. But as time goes on, he realizes that his father may not love him as much as he thought. Through winning a kite tournament and years of playing with his best friend Hassan, Amir realizes that his world will not work out, and something, or someone must go.

Personally, I can relate to the struggle of the main character Amir. Jumping from being a kid and growing up into the man his father wishes he was has always been a challenge for me. Sometimes we disappoint our parents and we feel sad, and hopeless as we wish to redeem ourselves. Those times where I made a big mess and didn’t clean up after myself, or maybe got in trouble with the teacher at school felt the same.  The book holds a powerful lesson to be learned, which is that we can not hide behind our friends forever. We can not just live in fear, but must stand up for what we believe is right, but in a very gentle manner. The book teaches this lesson in a fascinating way with twists and turns that we would never expect. I thought the character of Hassan, Amir’s best friend was quite amazing. He was always there for his friend no matter how bad things turned out to be. He was brave and took control of the situation. For his best friend, Hassan runs after the most prized possession in the story: a kite for Amir. Although I never had quite loyal friends as Hassan, many of us can find that one special best friend who always did stuff for us and with us just because. Although I didn’t like Amir that much, I realized that he was growing up through hard times, and that all of us go through that phase no matter if we’re age two or age sixty.

The Kite Runner is a very highly recommended book for any young adult or any teenager looking for a challenging and mature read.


I'm a fifteen year old boy who enjoys to read and many other things. I enjoy reading nonfiction, as well as fantasy, adventure, and almost every genre. I have two siblings aged 13 and 6 who also love to read. In my free time, I like to run, listen to music, and of course READ!

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5 Responses to “The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini”

  1. NuriRhines

    great reviews! Defintely going to read.

  2. Lacey

    This book has some graphic details. I wouldn’t recommend it for teenagers or young adults.

  3. literature


    For school, I had to read this book and some of the people in my grade are at the age of fourteen. Many others read it while they were in seventh and sixth grade. I understand your concern, but children are actually a lot more familiar with the world then they were years ago because of communication.

  4. Kim

    My 16 yr old daughter read the book for school and was disgusted by the sexually explicit details of the child rape scenario. She did not feel the book was worth the read after that….she scored 28 on her ACT and is highly intelligent and continues to wonder why authors feel compelled to add sexually graphic content to otherwise good literature. The book would have been better without that scenario and she does not recommend it…while she knows all too well what is going on in the world, she would not choose to dwell on these tragedies in the form of entertainment or general reading, nor does she enjoy movies or any media with sexually explicit content. Great classics would be a better choice for teens…this book should be chosen, not assigned.

  5. susie macsharp

    disgusting – really – disturbing – like they need to read about sodomy> and nobody talks about the fact that most Arab countries consider sodomy as criminal and in the Sudan beheading is the punishment – and how long was it illegal in the US – does anyone talk about that>

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