Setting Free the Kites

Setting Free the Kites

Book - 2017
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Haverford, Maine, 1976. Eighth-grader Robert Carter and Nathan Tilly are drawn into each other's families, where they witness unexpected tragedy and learn that all families can harbour secrets. Honest and heartfelt, this is both a poignant coming-of-age story and a moving family drama that explores the terrible costs of misplaced hope.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780399162107
Characteristics: 326 pages ;,24 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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