Parvana's Journey

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This book is very fascinating with all of its mystery and tragic events. It really makes you want to ponder about the answers to the mysteries of the book such as: Who was the weeping woman in the beginning of the book and what part did she play in the book at all? Was it such a coincidence that Leila just so happened to survive the minefield back in Green Valley? These questions are unanswered because of the happy ending for Parvana. Now that I think about it, there wouldn’t be a story at all if Parvana wasn’t told the she was being sold to the Taliban at the end of the first chapter. Parvana is the protagonist of the book. At the beginning of the book, she is a thirteen-year-old girl who is all by herself after her father dies. She has nowhere else to go because she doesn’t know any other family member in Afghanistan. After being taken in by a man who helped with the burial of Parvana’s father, she has to flee because of the rumors that she is being sold to the Taliban.”You must leave now.” It is a very important quote in this book because it was the quote that told Parvana that she had to leave. Throughout the entire journey, Parvana’s mood changes from calm to cranky. She doesn’t want to lose her mind like some women who have lost everything. “Your brain needs exercise, just like your body.” This quote that was told by her father helped her focus on skills she would need in the long run. She meets three little kids on her journey and takes care of them; which makes her the sophisticated one in the group. She likes to be the right one, but has to accept that she is not good at one certain topic. Her journey starts off with her thinking to herself by stating math facts so her brain doesn’t get “lazy”. She wants her brain to... ... middle of paper ... kill, but they have meaning beneath them. Their main focus is to remove any foreign culture because the Taliban doesn’t want people to change. According to, the Taliban controls about 95% of the country. This may sound unrealistic, but the Taliban has gotten rid of any form of entertainment. This book turned out to be very interesting. At first, I had my doubts, but that went all away after reading just the first two pages of the book. It really caught my attention with all of the random events taking place during the actual story. I don’t know if it is all the death or mystery in the book, but this is one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend this book a lot because I am not usually interested in books like this This really made me fascinated when I finally found out the question I have been asking myself and I don’t want to spoil it.

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