***** A.C. 2018
I really enjoyed this book, I think I would give it 5 stars. Not only was it an extremely compelling story, it was also very eye opening. I had no idea about the turmoil in Afghanistan other than it was just generally not a good place to live. Having the plight of the Afghani people represented in the characters of Laila and Mariam and their family (except for Rasheed, because he is literally the worst person ever.) really made me view the problems in Afghanistan as something happening to real people with names and families. I honestly didn't expect that I would enjoy the book at all, so when I got drawn in to the story so completely it was very surprising. Mariam was my favorite character because of the sacrifices she was willing to make for her family. When she turned herself into the Taliban it was pretty heartbreaking for me, but the book did a good job of showing the hope she had fulfilled through Laila and her children. Overall I was very wrong about the way I first thought about this book and I am glad I read it.
***** E.P. 2018
I really appreciated how the author took me to Afghanistan and walked us though the daily lives of the people and especially women who live there. It felt real. I also liked the way it flowed between the Miriam and Laila, two really put into perspective how people there can end up in the same place whether they are rich or poor. But along with this idea, I appreciated the emphasis in Laila's life on education. She was always pushed to continue learning and working hard even when times were tough. This shows us a lot about how we should conduct ourselves and how we should support each other in education.
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