Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

January 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm 1 comment

Waking up in a military hospital, Private Matt Duffy has trouble remembering how he got his TBI (traumatic brain injury). Flashbacks and conversations enable him to recall going down a back alley in Iraq with his buddy Justin. Justin ran up to the second floor to take out a sniper while Matt watched a young kid Ali, float in the air and come down dead. Why did Matt end up in an alley? How did Ali get shot? Why were he and Justin separated from the rest of the squad? Too many questions and everyone around him urged him to avoid the answers. Nevertheless, in the course of Purple Heart, Matt uncovers his guilt and discovers the crippling effects of a war where friends and insurgents can be one and the same. McCormick doesn’t uncover new ground in this familiar story about the hellishness of war. Like all war stories, there are innocent young soldiers, death, and uncertainty. But these soldiers are our own young men and the war is current. It is a timely and realistic depiction about events we read about in our daily front pages. There is some cursing in the book.

Recommended.  Lilian Hecker, Pelham


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  • 1. Bettyjane  |  January 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    When i read this book I remember thinking to myself that if a teen looking for alot of grisly action asked me about this book, I’d let them know that the action takes a back seat to the psychological aspect of the story. Much of the action occurs in the hospital. Having said that—a good read!


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