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The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

I’ve been sitting here thinking about what I want to write and tell you about this book, but it’s really.. really hard.. The storyline in itself isn’t that hard.

It’s told from John’s POV. He’s thinking back to when he was in the military and stationed in Iraq in 2004/05. He’s thinking about his friend Murph and how a war can change a person.

This in itself isn’t that hard to explain, but I find it really hard to figure out if I liked it or not. And how do I review a book if I don’t even know if I like it or not?

I think this book needs a 2nd read-through before I can make up my mind, but I never read a book twice, so that’s not gonna happen, but never-the-less I think this book could be a book where you see much more the 2nd time around. The story jumps back and forth in time, and so I think it would help to know some things the 2nd time.

John is a very likable guy, and you really feel for him. I just didn’t really.. fall for him and the book while reading, if you know what I mean. I didn’t get hooked, and maybe it’s because the story is very heavy and.. full of words.. Ok, yes, I know a book is made up of words but there are a lot of words, and it’s constant. I felt like I didn’t get to catch my breath.

But maybe that’s what John felt too?

2 stars.