The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 by Riverhead Books, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
Because its themes of friendship, betrayal, guilt, redemption and the uneasy love between fathers and sons are universal, and not specifically Afghan, the book has been able to reach across cultural, racial, religious and gender gaps to resonate with readers of varying backgrounds.
Confess is a novel written by Colleen Hoover, published in March, 2015. The story is about the life of Auburn Reed, a girl with an incredibly hurtful past, and Owen Gentry, a guy who’s past with Auburn is a secret he’ll never share.
The story started with a prologue in Auburn’s perspective. Said prologue gives us a glimpse of what Auburn went through in the past, molding her into the strong woman she already is in present time. Her past with Adam, a man she fell in love with when she was 15 years old, might have been a quick one, (in the reader’s eyes, at least), but it felt just as real as any other love story.
“In the end, when writing The Lucky One, I wanted to explore the subject of fate or destiny, but in a way that reflected the reality of the world.”