A Long Way Gone

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Title: A Long Way Gone

Author: Ishmael Beah

Pages: 229

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Press

Rating: 5/5

This book was so difficult to read just on the violence the rebels inflicted on Ishmael, his family, his friends, and his friend’s families. I haven’t ever read book like this, that talked about the violence going on in Africa; the rebels had no remorse for anything. I often wondered how the rebels had no guilty conscious of what they did or if they had families or kids themselves. It’s horrible what Ishmael and countless other had to endure day in and day out to try to survive. Kids shouldn’t have to go through all this. I was extremely happy to see when Ishmael finally got to the village where the Government Army was because he had shelter, protection, and food, but in a way was disappointed that they used kids as young as 7 years old to fight in the war against the rebels. I understood their purpose, but it was a never ending cycle. I was even more elated when UNICEF came to rescue Ishmael and some of his friends even though Ishmael and his friends were reluctant to accept the help at first. I understood their fear and not being able to trust anyone. These kids endured great tragedies. Overall I am very happy that this story ended with happiness and Ishmael was able to get the help he needed and that he’s an advocate for all child soldiers in Sierra Leone. i would definitely recommend this books to anyone, and don’t bother getting it on kindle for a cheaper cost, there’s just some books that you should buy and keep on a shelf.

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