In the winter kite fighting tournaments, people would do anything to come into possession of the last fallen kite. Whether that was tripping the people running next to you or being entangled in combat, nothing has been unheard of. Set during the 1970s in Afghanistan, Hassan, an “inferior Hazara”, always runs to all the perfect locations and obtains these kites for his best friend, Amir. While Amir is always appreciative of his friend for such feats, and for the fact that Hassan was loyal and self-effacing, he is also... Jealous of Hassan. Amir is the son of a distinguished business-man, and he lives an upscale life, while Hassan, on the other hand, lives in a modest shack and is a servant to Amir and Amir’s father, Baba. What was there to be jealous of? Affection. Baba always performed small acts of affection towards Hassan, and Amir feels like he is a disappointment, especially because he was his father’s son. Watch as Amir tests the boundaries of his friendship, learns what a true friend is, and how difficult redemption and forgiveness could be. Although The Kite Runner is an exceptional and educational piece, it is certainly only appropriate for teen readers and older, as many scenes include intense violence and profanity words not suitable for young children. This page turner is well-written and teaches the reader many valuable life lessons about love, redemption, forgiveness, violence, and wisdom that would be remembered for an eternity.