Year 2, Book 59

59. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
A sad look at the life of a boy who was forced to become a soldier during a war in Sierra Leone. He eventually gets out and moves to New York City. I don’t think the writing itself is that great, but the story is heartbreaking and compelling. I especially found the last 1/4 of the book really interesting when he details his first experiences in cities first in Freetown, Sierra Leone and then eventually in NYC. Having grown up in a small village in Sierra Leone it is interesting to hear him talk about not understanding how to use elevators or seeing snow for the first time in NYC and not knowing what it was. One thing I didn’t like though was that the story ends before he fully explains how he winds up permanently in NYC. He begins to tell the story of leaving Sierra Leone for good, but never completes the journey. I don’t understand why, and it kind of felt like I was left hanging. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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