Setting Free the Kites

Setting Free the Kites

Large Print - 2017
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Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9781410497826
Branch Call Number: L FICTION GEORGE 2017
Characteristics: pages cm


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May 28, 2017

A disappointing book because it lacked the very quality that its title implies. The two protagonists and their respective parents are weighed down by a series of tragedies from which they fail to recover fully and they fall prey to their personal inability to deal effectively with teenage angst. In the end, it's only the kites that are set free, not the boys themselves. Surely there are few topics as depressing to read about as a prolonged illness leading to inevitable death and a hopeless and self-delusional unrequited infatuation.

Mar 18, 2017

A sad but achingly good coming of age story. Set in the 70's it has a good nostalgic feel to it. I love books about kids with strong friendships so this was right up my alley. Beautifully written with wonderful characters in Robert and Nathan and strong themes of friendship and grief. Couldn't put it down. Read it in a day.

DBRL_LaurenW Feb 22, 2017

Set in 1970s Maine, young teens Robert and Nathan share an earnest and honest friendship, forged by loss and hope. This coming-of-age tale is nostalgic without being sentimental and illustrates how grief is nearly always the other side of love. Moving and heartfelt.


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