From the list on making you a teenage radical.
Who am I?
I'm fascinated by the potential of teenagers. The teen years are full of passion and energy. It's a time of seeing injustice and recognizing inequality. For some young people, it becomes imperative to make the world a better place. My maternal grandparents joined the Communist Party when they were teenagers. They were deeply committed to making the world a better place, but it was a commitment that affected all of their decisions. They were saving the world—what happened with their children was of little consequence. Therefore the books on my list reflect my interest in teenage radicals, as well as the fate of children who grow up under a system of radical beliefs.
Amanda's book list on making you a teenage radical
Discover why each book is one of Amanda's favorite books.
Why did Amanda love this book?
The Things They Carried has become a classic book of the Vietnam War.
It is a personal view into the lives of the men who struggled and died during that misguided war. O’Brien uses the idea of “the things they carried” both literally and figuratively. These are young men, most still only teenagers, who must carry huge amounts of gear into war. They come back burdened with so much more—things no longer be seen except by others who carry the same, their comrades who were there with them.
The stories are filled with pathos, humour, honesty, and tragedy. It helps us to understand and feel compassion for the generation of men who fought in that war.