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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 6 people found this review helpful.

posted by 10425551 on January 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

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    Posted January 31, 2013

    Jasper to all

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    Posted January 30, 2013

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    Posted January 31, 2013

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    Posted January 30, 2013

    :L

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    Posted January 29, 2013

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    Posted January 29, 2013

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    Posted February 10, 2013

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    Posted January 10, 2013

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    Posted January 3, 2013

    Ammy

    Me?

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    Posted January 2, 2013

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    Posted January 1, 2013

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    Posted January 10, 2013

    Danny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    READ NOW!!!!!! XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Anonymous

    I usually don't read books that are only 200 pages because I feel a good story cannot be written in that short of space. This one caught my eye, reading the sample and the reviews. True to it's title this short story is packed with a lot of emotions, sadness, tears, and all the horrors of war. How a little Iragi boy is caught in the middle of the good and the bad, and his innocence in his struggle to survive got him killed. This is not a recommend read for everyone, as I am still struggling with my own emotions. Because the reality of this story is that it happens much too often. Innocent children also become casualities of war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Sucks

    Bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Good, short read

    Despite being under 200 pages, the characters grow on you and make you feel connected. It hits home about life at war. It is a great read to pass the time and it really makes you think.

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