Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Guantanamo Boy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review - Guantanamo Boy

About the Book
Innocent until proven guilty? Not here you're not. Robbed of his childhood, this is one boy's fictional experience of the supposed war on terror. Khalid, a fifteen-year-old Muslim boy from England, is abducted from Pakistan while on holiday with is family. He is taken to Guantanamo Bay and held without charge, where his hopes and dreams are crushed under the cruellest of circumstances. An innocent denied his freedom at a time when most boys are finding theirs, Khalid tries and fails to understand what's happening to him.

My Take on the Book
In a post 9-11 world this book takes a stance that is both gutsy and bold. It looks at the life of a 15 year old boy who was wrongfully accused and convicted and sent to Guantanamo Bay where he is tortured for a crime that he did not commit nor that he was charged with.

This book makes you consider the other side of the story (from the eyes of the convicted) and makes you stop to think about where the line must be drawn. You are truly drawn into the world of the boy and the life that he must endure. 

The book is quite graphic, so if you are looking for a book that only glosses over the rough parts, or that does not go into detail in regards to torture, you should avoid this book. If instead you are looking for a book that will open your eyes to the world around you and you are not afraid of what you will find, this book definitely delivers.

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