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Purple Heart

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

Going to war wasn't a first choice for Matt Duffy, but it seemed like the most sensible. He hadn't done that great in school, so college for him didn't really make sense. On the other hand, his little sister was a good student, and joining the Army would provide the nec...
Going to war wasn't a first choice for Matt Duffy, but it seemed like the most sensible. He hadn't done that great in school, so college for him didn't really make sense. On the other hand, his little sister was a good student, and joining the Army would provide the necessary funds to send her to college when the time came.

Whatever his reason for joining up, Matt found himself in the middle of Iraq doing the patriotic thing for his country. Even though they warned the young soldiers during basic training, he was surprised by the heat, the noise, and the people. There were slow days with routine missions; welcome days after some of the scary attacks Matt had witnessed. Recently, they'd lost their squad leader, a fellow named Benson.

Amazing that this fact is one of the few things Matt can remember as he wakes up and finds himself in a hospital, answering questions from a man in scrubs standing at the foot of his bed.

When Matt begins to ask questions of his own, he learns that when he and his partner, Justin, followed an insurgent into a dead-end alley, there was an explosion and he suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury). With the exception of a weakened right leg, everything else seems to be in working order. Doctors are prescribing rest and saying he'll be back with his unit in no time.

With time to think, Matt is trying to remember just exactly what happened. As events of the attack begin to come back to him, he realizes he may have been responsible for something terrible. How can he bring back the memories - and does he really want to remember?

Patricia McCormick shares the life of an American soldier in Iraq. YA novels dealing with the Iraq War are beginning to appear on bookstore shelves, and PURPLE HEART offers readers a chance to experience the war through the eyes of a young soldier trying to make sense of why he is fighting and whose lives he is effecting in this controversial war.

McCormick reveals not only the point-of-view and mindset of American troops, but also a glimpse of the life of the regular Iraqi citizen trying to cope in a country at war. Teens thinking about military service, teens that have family and friends stationed in Iraq, or teens just curious about the distant place they hear about on the news will all benefit from and appreciate the service and story of Matt Duffy.

posted by TeensReadToo on May 27, 2009

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1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

posted by 10425551 on January 3, 2013

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    For school

    The book, Purple Heart, captivates your attention not only on the plot but also the way in which it is told. Patricia McCormick not only focuses your reading on the many aspects of war but also, the drama that goes along with being in battle. I think the author could have added e a little bit more detail about the action and more detailed flashbacks to the alley where Matt was wounded and killed the little boy. Also McCormick could have focused more on the fact that Matt wanted to recover faster from his injury. I think that Patricia could have added another chapter at the end to extend on the story a little bit more. The author did a great job describing the relationship between Matt and the psychiatrist. She also could have gone into more detail about where the hospital was exactly in Sadam's palace. Over all my rating for this book would be an eight point seven.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Going to war wasn't a first choice for Matt Duffy, but it seemed like the most sensible. He hadn't done that great in school, so college for him didn't really make sense. On the other hand, his little sister was a good student, and joining the Army would provide the necessary funds to send her to college when the time came.

    Whatever his reason for joining up, Matt found himself in the middle of Iraq doing the patriotic thing for his country. Even though they warned the young soldiers during basic training, he was surprised by the heat, the noise, and the people. There were slow days with routine missions; welcome days after some of the scary attacks Matt had witnessed. Recently, they'd lost their squad leader, a fellow named Benson.

    Amazing that this fact is one of the few things Matt can remember as he wakes up and finds himself in a hospital, answering questions from a man in scrubs standing at the foot of his bed.

    When Matt begins to ask questions of his own, he learns that when he and his partner, Justin, followed an insurgent into a dead-end alley, there was an explosion and he suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury). With the exception of a weakened right leg, everything else seems to be in working order. Doctors are prescribing rest and saying he'll be back with his unit in no time.

    With time to think, Matt is trying to remember just exactly what happened. As events of the attack begin to come back to him, he realizes he may have been responsible for something terrible. How can he bring back the memories - and does he really want to remember?

    Patricia McCormick shares the life of an American soldier in Iraq. YA novels dealing with the Iraq War are beginning to appear on bookstore shelves, and PURPLE HEART offers readers a chance to experience the war through the eyes of a young soldier trying to make sense of why he is fighting and whose lives he is effecting in this controversial war.

    McCormick reveals not only the point-of-view and mindset of American troops, but also a glimpse of the life of the regular Iraqi citizen trying to cope in a country at war. Teens thinking about military service, teens that have family and friends stationed in Iraq, or teens just curious about the distant place they hear about on the news will all benefit from and appreciate the service and story of Matt Duffy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    To below

    Shut up, bit.ch. we all know ur a hypocrite cause you looked and saw this & came here urself & read all these reviews so you can just shut the he.ll up heck ur probably turned on by all this any way so dont even think about reporting us when ur a hypocrite.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Listen ppl......

    If u dont like cuss words then dont read the damn book. Im getting tired of hearing ppl whine and complain theres to much cussing. Im 15 an yea i cuzz but im trying to stop an its working but u no wut it dose u no good to sheild ur child away from the world let them explore. If they cuss pop their face its not abuse its disiplin get to no it. I will admit there is a few cuss words in this book an if u dont like it then dont take the book as the dictionary of cuss words take it for ppls acount on war an wut not. Im gonna tell ya a lil story i cuss at an ex bf of mine in the hallway at school an the wrong teacher was walking by at the wrong time an herd me call him a mother fudger(meaning the other word) basturd an i got sent to the principles its nit good so if u dont like it dont do its not a hard concept to grasp

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Good

    I borrowed this book from the library. It is a good read but there is a ton of swearing in it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    Purple Heart is a wonderful book that keeps you hooked the whole way through. Its based on the men and women who serve in Iraq. Many of the soldiers in Iraq were are yet teenagers when this war began. What they and the children of Iraq are experiencing is not a political issue-it is a human issue. Purple Heart is a visceral and affectiong portrait of their world. I highly recommend this book. Though Patricia McCormick does use some strong laungage at many times it show the realism that goes on every day in Iraq.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    To: Listen ppl......

    I laughed sooo hard at your review. Omg it was the best! Awww good times! Wait what? Idk but anywho, the book sounds really good! Haha tell ya if its good or not!! Bwahaha :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    This was a great book

    There was some boring parts but it was good otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Dj

    Hey

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    Posted December 5, 2013

    Tommy

    I already got my present

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    Posted August 17, 2013

    To: Anyboys

    I know who you are Jade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Anyboys

    Make love to me? Jade

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    Posted August 9, 2013

    Seth

    Okay i will i love you and ikk have something for yiu to a suprise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    B.O.B.

    BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 2012

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    Really good book has a really good story behind the book. This b

    Really good book has a really good story behind the book.
    This book has a very interesting story behind it. It kept me interested throughout the whole book. It was really inspirational for people who are trying to overcome injuries. The book starts off kind of slow at first, but it’s because they inform you on how matt recovered and how he struggled. After the first part the book gets really interesting and action pact. If you like books with great stories, then you have to read this book.
    Another book that I thought was really good, and also has a really good story line is “Bud Not Buddy.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Anonymous

    I havent read it yet and im wondering how many pages it has?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Cato to rose

    I wanna guq you so hard.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    READ THIS

    Next person to post here will get reported to b&n

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