Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Almond Tree- Michelle Cohen Corasanti

I won this book from a Goodreads, First-Reads, Giveaway. I am giving my honest review.
I started this book this morning and finished it before I had to leave at work at 5pm. I could not put it down. It's a story about Ichmad Hamid and his coming of age during the Arab-Isreal conflict, set in Palestine. It's such a moving and well written story. It shows the love a family has for each other and even through all the horrible things they have to go through, they have such hope. The father is sent to prison for 14 years because of something Ichmad did when he was 12 years old. When his father is taken and named a terrorist, they destroy the family's home. It's then up to Ichmad to take care of the family and deal with his guilt. He drops out of school and starts working hard labor for little money. He is very smart and pretty much a math genius. After struggling for so many years and losing siblings to their misfortunes, he sets off to a math competition, to win a scholarship to college. Of course, he then starts to help his family and making strides in his career path. Although, you think things will start to look up, it doesn't happen. He still has many misfortunes to go through and this book just sucks you in. It's a powerful story and I'm so glad I had the chance to read this book!

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