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The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  8,980 ratings  ·  754 reviews
The perennial bestseller-now available as a sensational new graphic novel.

Since its publication in 2003, nearly 7 million readers have discovered "The Kite Runner." Through Khaled Hosseini's brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to vivid life for readers. Now, in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini bri
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Riverhead Trade (first published 2007)
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Trinity Fordham It really depends on how mature the eleven year old boy is. It contains some very graphic themes such as rape, sexual abuse, pedophilia, suicide…moreIt really depends on how mature the eleven year old boy is. It contains some very graphic themes such as rape, sexual abuse, pedophilia, suicide attempts, self harm, terrorism as well as graphic death and violence. I was about eleven when I first read this, give or take, and much of those themes went completely over my head. It was only when I read them recently that I truly understood what was really happening. (less)
Trinity Fordham I really enjoyed the graphic novel. I found that the art perfectly suited the style of the story. I did find, however, that it was a bit rushed in…moreI really enjoyed the graphic novel. I found that the art perfectly suited the style of the story. I did find, however, that it was a bit rushed in parts, but I assume that this was just because of the translation from the book to the graphic novel.(less)

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Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it

I can’t believe how sad this story is. Now I really have to read the novel, because there has to be MORE. More wonderful moments of true friendship between Amir and Hassan. More detail on the conflict between nations. More harrowing moments, too… This story moved me, greatly, and I may have shed a tear if things didn’t evolve as quickly as they did. In a way, it’s a good thing they did, because my interest never faltered and I was able to read this in one sitting. But still.

I’m not f
Archit Ojha
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone with a heart
Shelves: ebooks

As if the words were not enough.

Comes a graphic version of the story that still haunts my dreams.

I can bet you all the money that I have ever had that the imagery of Khaled Hosseini's debut work would not have deserted your soul. The sorrow and the warmth of the closing pages should and would be as much a part of your consciousness as it is mine.

Now putting together the brilliant work of the author along with the picturesque drawings of this book -casts a spell over you.

The bond of friendship between the two young people now develops m-casts
I read The Kite Runner in July, 2011, and when I discovered it had been made into a Graphic Novel, I really wanted to read it too. The illustrations are exquisite, the detail is wonderful, and I loved it just as much as the paperback.

The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel is about a young boy, Amir, the only son of a popular entrepenuer, growing up in a wealthy part of Kabul, Afghanistan, who betrays his childhood friend and later has a chance to redeem himself. As his father's best friend, Rahim Khan, said, 'The
Kristina Horner
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wow. Just wow. This was definitely the most emotional graphic novel I've ever read, and while I loved it - it hit me pretty hard. Someday I will need to read the actual book version. But wow. Maybe in awhile.
[Shai] Bibliophage
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Kite Runner is one of my favorite novels; so I purchased a copy right away when I saw this graphic novel of the said book in a local bookstore here. I even watched the movie adaptation which was released on 2007; and applause to both the movie and this graphic novel because they followed the storyline of the book.

All the important events in the novel was not missed in these adaptations and that's what make them worthy to watch and read. If you are a fan of Khaled Hosseini, fond of graphic n
C.G. Drews
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay, so I did not expect this to be a whirlwind of terror and emotions. YEAH I'M BAD. Most people know what a book is before going into it, but I'm like "Omg, that is a famous book I shall read it." Ahem. So I saw this in the library and thought I'd try the graphic novel first...(and also because graphic novels are freaking awesome AND I LOVE PICTURES!!)...and it definitely made me want to read the actual novel now! IT IS SO SAD THOUGH. It's really gritty and the story is dark and 'scuse me. TEARS. I have ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
No, I haven't read the original novel at the time of me writing this review, but the graphic novel itself was both harrowing and thought-provoking, sometimes difficult for me to read due to the subject content. Set mainly in 1970s Afghanistan, the story follows two young boys called Amir and Hassan. Both of them bond over the love of kites and wanting to win a kite-fighting tournament. However, their world isn't safe due to the threats of war and violence. Amir leaves life in the Middle East beh ...more
Suraya (thesuraya)
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
sorry but i think i am the only one who did not enjoy the graphic novel as much as everyone else. I love the book and i feel like the graphic novel did not do justice to the actual book. It lacks emotions and the plot is rushed. Although the graphic novel follows every essence and every basic plot of the book, it lacks the minor details that made the book all the more interesting. So if u think the graphic novel is amazing, trust me, the actual book is a thousand times better. The artwork is pre ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5 Childhood Stars!



It broke my heart reading this book but it also opened up my eyes about other people struggles in life, for so long. Whether it's physically or emotionally Hassan is such a wonderful boy. He's brave & loyal, a good friend you want in your life. After that unfortunate incident that had happened to him really broke me to pieces. Amir its just you
Sooraya Evans
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful. Just beautiful. I’ve read the novel. I’ve watched the movie. But here, Fabio Celoni really did justice.
“For you, a thousand times over.” – This line gets me every time.
Amber (Books of Amber)
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read The Kite Runner novel, so I don’t know how this graphic novel fares in comparison. I do have the novel on my bookshelf waiting to be read, and I can honestly say that after reading this fantastic graphic novel that I will be picking up the book by Khaled Hosseini.

I’ll start by saying that there wasn’t anything that I disliked about this graphic novel. I thought that the drawings were stunning, and they really pulled me into the story and made the characters come to lif
This book found me. One of my former students gave me a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card for my September 6th birthday. Within 24 hours, I went browsing at B&N, and this book was on one of the first tables I passed. The student who had given me the gift card had talked with me about graphic novels that day. And this book was released on September 6th! Also, just a few weeks ago, I got to meet Khaled Hosseini. He was gracious, allowing me to take a photograph with me, signing my copy of The K ...more
Stella Chen
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved the artwork. The lovely colours did justice to an equally mosaic novel. Both are equally beautiful and magnificent.
aPriL does feral sometimes
I read the hardcover novel before, in 2011, so this is a re-read. The graphic comic is actually better in some ways than the book since it makes facial expressions visible, and in being faster to read, makes the book's focus on a coming-of-age tale clearer.

The story takes place during the years of Afghanistan's political turmoil: first, in the background, the Afghan monarchy was dethroned, then the Soviet Union's soldiers invaded, which brought on the Taliban takeover because many Afghans were
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I haven't read the original novel (yet), so I had no idea on how the graphic novel adaption was going to be.

I'll start with some positive things: I really enjoyed the art style. It fitted the tone of the story pretty well.
The rest, I had problems with.

The characters lacked of depth. I understand that, being an adaptation of a much more longer novel, some things were going to be cut out. At the same time, I missed having some well defined characters.
They were either evil or emotionally destroy
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Kite Runner is one of those stories that has the power to change you. I absolutely loved this novel when I first read it several years ago. It’s a heartbreaking look at regret but ultimately making the right choice to undo wrongs. It’s also one of the most powerful stories about friendship.

The graphics were beautiful, but I feel like this novel is best understood and better written as a book. I think I was able to enjoy the graphic novel because of already knowing the story. But really in b
Zeina Jebrini
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"لأجلك ,,,ألف مرة اخرى"
من حسان إلى أمير -شتاء 1975- . ومن أمير إلى سهراب أبن حسان -2002-

The Kite Runner is a book with great impact, carrying a story that you will not forget even years after reading it.
Clearly the graphic adaptation lacks the depth of the original novel, but, nonetheless, I liked it.
The Kite Runner is one of my favourite books of all time, so I thought it might be interesting to read it again as my first ever graphic novel. It still made me shed a tear at the end, but overall I think the format is probably not really my thing. On the upside, it was a very quick read, so I will most likely read it again one day, and take the time to really study the graphics.
Cheeky Cher
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cultural
3.5 stars - It was really good.

It has been years since I read the novel, The Kite Runner, and with it coming up as the next selection for a local book club I grabbed this as a refresher. I'm not a big fan of graphic novels but enjoy the change in pace from time to time and was able to read this one in about an hour. As far as graphic novels go, I feel this one told the story in a more complete way whereas I am normally left feeling like I have only been given a shallow version of the story. Of cour
Raoofa Ibrahim
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 stars to this awsome graphic .. not a single detail was missing ! Perfect!
I think that the graphic was really similar to my imagination when I read the novel .
For you, a thousand times over
3.75 stars

I understand the hype about the book that it even got a graphic novel adaptation. So my rating is from:

Story: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Enjoyment: 3/5

Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I chose to read the graphic novel to ease my way into what I knew would be a very sad story. I’m glad I did, the drawing is very nice, the story is well displayed and I liked the experience.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't think this format fits the story. So much is missed by reading it this way. The book is one of my favorites so I was excited to read this but also kind of expected that it was going to fail in bringing out Hosseini's beautiful writing and charcterization. I did find myself getting mad all over again at Amir's character. He is one of those characters I will probably always dislike. The artwork is beautiful and helps support a book that needs to be read in its original format to truly be a ...more
Gary Anderson
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it
As an admirer of The Kite Runner novel, I had high hopes for this graphic novel but was disappointed in this graphic novel version.

It never rises above the level of those Classics Illustrated comics that I read from time to time as a kid.

The Kite Runner story is intact here, but its impact is severely diminished in this rendering. The chronology and characters are hard to follow. The art is fine but has no especially interesting effects.

If you want The Kite Runner story,
Jenny Baker
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars. Good story with nice illustrations, but of course the book is better. If you haven't read the book or the graphic novel, start with the book.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"For you ..... Anything"

No greater love has man than to lay down his life for a friend.
A story of false friendship and true friendship
and betrayal that can not corrupt innocence ...
Shuhada Ramli
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating : 5 stars

Review : It was fantastic! To be honest, I have been delaying myself from reading the actual novel version, but somehow, I get attracted to the Graphic Novel (GN) during my visit to PPAS Shah Alam. This was my first GN and it was amazing. The Illustration added more, guiding me to the right understanding of the storyline. Hey! I cried! Seriously speechless when Hassan was being a very loyal friend, even protected Amir and would do anything to make Amir happy and win the tourname
Maria Ella
Nah, I was looking for those single shots that can give me an impact, like the works of Inio Asano. But sadly, since the whole novel is compressed into 120+ pages, it was not enough.

If you are interested in Hosseini's first creation, better read the whole novel first.
Diana Long
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story, wonderfully written and engaging from beginning to end. Any review I could attempt to write would not do justice to this work. It does not surprise me to find this on most of the books recommended to read.
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Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. In 1970 Hosseini and his family moved to Iran where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran. In 1973 Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's youngest brother was born in July of that year.
In 1976, when Hosseini was 11 years old, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France, and moved the family there. They