Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Rooftops of Tehran: A Novel
Pasha Shahed is a typical teenage boy who likes hanging out with his friends on the rooftop terrace of his house in Iran, dreaming about life, love, and what the future holds. What makes this 17-year-old different is that he is living under the harsh reign of the Shah in Iran during the summer of 1973. With his biggest worry being his feelings for Zari, the girl next door who has been promised to another since birth, Pasha has a rude awakening. Told in Pasha’s unique voice and partially in flashback, Seraji’s wonderful coming-of-age story is at times funny and sweet as well as thought-provoking and heart-wrenching.  Initially, this book wais evoking memories of The Kite Runner but it definitely did not measure up to that book.  It was a 'cute' book but definitely not the same caliber as a great book.

Rating: 3.3 Just Ok