A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In Ishmael Beah’s, A Long Way Gone, Beah describes the hardships he suffered as a child, fleeing from rebels in war-stricken Sierra Leone as he tries to preserve the remainder of his innocence. Beah writes his traumatic autobiography so honestly and humbly that one is captivated till the last page. Moving at a steady pace, he thoroughly describes his feelings and emotions, which keeps the reader connected to his story throughout the book. Although it is a deeply serious issue, it is a story everyone should read. His insight and the way he is able to weave his culture into every scene brings the book to life.