In 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.