The Boy With Two Lives- A Review

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The Boy With Two Lives

Written By: Abbas Kazerooni

Publisher: Allen & Unwin (May 1, 2016)

YA Nonfiction

I almost think nonfiction should be divided up into autobiographies and then regular technical nonfiction books. Rating them all in the same category is difficult.

This book is an autobiography that begins when a ten-year-old Iranian boy is sent to a British boarding school. This is actually the second book in his story. In the first book, he tells of how his parents got him out of Iran and over to Turkey at the age of eight. This picks up a few years later and tells his story throughout his school career.

I found it painful to read the best comparison I can come up with is that I had the same feeling reading Angela’s Ashes many years ago. Some people seem to get the short end of the stick in life continually. It’s just one terrible tragedy after another. After working so hard tp get him into the school so that he can get an education his mother dies. His father is distant, and it really is an Oliver Twist type tale after that- only it’s true.

It was engaging but just so gloomy. I need to read a feel good book now.

I borrowed this book from the Chicago Public Library to review it for the Cybils Awards.