I know I'm way behind everyone else who has already read this book, but I still get to put my two cents in, right?? What a wonderful book this is! Probably the best story I've read in a very long time, maybe ever. I love the way Khaled Hosseini writes with such simple descriptions and flowing words. From the very beginning I could picture the surroundings and all of the characters in my minds eye. It was all so easy to imagine. Amir, Hassan and Baba were so vivid in my mind they felt like real people to me instantly. Even though this story is so heart wrenching, I didn't want to put it down. I read through my tears during the second half of the story. This book has affected me like no other. I will never think of Afghanistan and its people the same way again. And I will always think of Hassan and Sohrab when I see kites flying in the wind.