Thursday, 3 November 2011
Review: The Kite Runner Graphic Novel
The Kite Runner Graphic Novel
Publication date: 6th September 2011
Guest review by Declan
My name is Declan and I am 13 years old and live in Glasgow with my parents and little brother. As a typical teenager I mainly read books from school but also like action and thriller type books. Lesley gave me the Kite Runner to read as she works with my Mum and was curious to know whether it would be the type of thing to interest someone of my age.
I'd have to say that I was gripped by Kite Runner so much so that I read it cover to cover in a matter of 2 hours, not even stopping for my usual snack! It is a graphic novel set in Afghanistan in the 1970s and centres on a 12 year old boy, Amir and his best friend Hassan, who is Amir's servant. During the story Hassan promises to help Amir to achieve his ambition of winning the local kite tournament. Although the two friends are loyal and close, their friendship threatens Hassan's religion as a Shi'a Muslim and his position as a servant. Amir wins the tournament with the help of Hassan, however the two friends could not imagine the horrific events which changed their lives forever.
This illustrated version of the novel was so well written and put together that it helped tell the story in a more detailed way, allowing you as the reader to understand the full extent of events, and makes the story accessible to a teenage audience. It deals very discreetly with a very traumatic event, while still allowing the reader to understand the extent and full impact of it.
This is a must read for teenagers and adults alike!!!!!