I read so many books that I forget what they are about, so I am hoping that by writing my review of the book it will help me keep track of the stories.
I recently finished A Long Way Gone; Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. I went into the book thinking it was going to be all about what he did as a boy while fighting in Sierra Leone. This was part of the book, but it was also about his time before and after his time in the war. He was 12 when he and his family fled the attacking rebels, 13 when he began fighting with the government army and 16 when he was removed from the fighting by UNICEF. It is hard to imagine what he and the people of Sierra Leone went through. Ishmael was fighting in this war while I was at home being a kid. He is only 4 years older than I am. Crazy! However, in the end Ishmael learned to heal, forgive himself and move on. His story was beautifully written.