A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I saw this book all over bookstagram. It was a while ago, but I never forgot about it. How could you forget a title and book cover like this? Without even reading the book, it was already engraved into my mind. Flashforward to when I finally have a copy of the book, but I left it sitting on my shelf for months before opening it to the first page. I was nervous to read the memories of a boy soldier.

I’m not much of a nonfiction reader and I knew going in that it would involve violence and immoralities; however, Ishmael did an expert job of providing details without too much gore. His writing moved me throughout the book, and I was anxious to find out how he survived and escaped the war. This is a story that I will remember for the rest of my life.

It’s heartbreaking, but I think it should be read. The story helps us to know what truly goes on in Africa. It inspires me to want to try to help.

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