First. I almost missed out on this book. It was one of our book club picks and I didn't...more**spoiler alert** (Spoilers)
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First. I almost missed out on this book. It was one of our book club picks and I didn't have time to read it. The group decided to extend it another month to make sure everybody finished reading. It was that good.
Second, I didn't know anything about this book when I started reading it. At the end I was such a mess, my husband kept asking me if I was okay. The truth was I was NOT okay. This book really rocked me, it made me think, at the end I felt very conflicted.
On one hand, I felt like Will had the right and certainly the reason to end his life- but on the other hand, I so desperately did not want him to. He had the means to live a great lifestyle, to travel, to have love. He had the support to keep going. He devastated everybody who cared about him with his decision. But at the end of the day, it was his decision, right? It was his life and he was going to have to be the one dealing with his day-to-day struggles. I can't even imagine putting myself in that situation, so who am I to judge?
So overall I loved this book because it was compelling, made me think, and most importantly made me feel. Its a hard one to recommend to people though, since it deals with such a sensitive subject. I am not sure how they would feel about it. But I admire the book taking this issue, and doing such a good job with it. I didn't feel like it had an agenda, I think it was just telling a story. (less)
This book was so close to a four star for me, and I feel a bit guilty giving it only 3 because it seemed better then a 3, but not quite good enough fo...moreThis book was so close to a four star for me, and I feel a bit guilty giving it only 3 because it seemed better then a 3, but not quite good enough for a 4. The reason being is it actually took me a long time to get through it. In part, because it is a pretty long book, but also in part that it is comprised of a bunch of short stories. I like short story books, but they are just difficult to binge read because you feel like ever 40 pages you are starting a new book.
That being said, the stories were so beautifully written. This was the first book that I read by Khaled Hosseini, and I am anxious to read his other books. I initially thought it would be hard for me to "get into" a book that was based in such a vastly different culture, but Hosseini's writing is vivid, it was easy to follow along.
Like most short story books, I liked some stories better then others. I was obsessed to find out what happened to Prim, and I also loved the story of the little boy whose father was the commander in the army. I liked how the book spanned so much time, and interwove the characters together in a way that was entertaining and realistic. (less)
I debated about giving this book four stars- I wish I could go 3.5! I really liked this book. The writing was great, the story was beautiful, but it j...moreI debated about giving this book four stars- I wish I could go 3.5! I really liked this book. The writing was great, the story was beautiful, but it just wasn't a super big page turner for me. I found myself only being able to read short bits at a time before getting distracted and putting it down. That being said, I wanted to finish it to see what happens and when I closed the last page I said to myself "that was a good book." I loved Henry and I loved that it was set in Seattle during a period that is not written about very often. (less)
This was a very close four stars for me. This book is the reason why I love having a book club so much, because I never would have read this book othe...moreThis was a very close four stars for me. This book is the reason why I love having a book club so much, because I never would have read this book otherwise. The story is weird, but I could not put it down. I bought the book second hand, and was a little freaked out by the parts the previous owner had underlined, but overall I thought this book was an interesting thriller with a compelling plot. The only criticism I have of the book is that I did not enjoy the part where he becomes a celebrity as much as I enjoyed his pre-celebrity existence. The whole mega star thing just seemed a little off course. (less)