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To bad that "meh" isn't a rating option. First half was interesting, second half was all about her failed relationships and countless admirers, her one-of-a-kind language skills (not exaggerating here, she says that she is the only one in the country with her resume), and her annoying desire to have the independence of an American woman when that suits her needs but then complaining when men violate her Pashtun gender boundaries (Incidentally, Saima, dear, not every man who glances in your direction wants to take you back to his village and make you his wife. Seriously.) Very repetitive, exhausting, and self-absorbed, which is unfortunate because the book was far more interesting when she took the focus off of her blinding awesomeness. I made it about 75% of the way through and gave up because I just stopped caring about her and I feel like there are better books out there on the subject of Afghanistan. 

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I too wanted to like this book more. I stuck with it to the end but it never moved beyond a middle schoolgirl tone, which was disconcerting given the conditions in Afghanistan and dangers for our troops. I have a hard time trusting that someone who writes in such a shallow way is giving advice to the higher ups in the military. However, I fault her editor more than the author (who is not a native English speaker) for not taking the writing to a level that the topic deserves. I really can't recommend that anyone reads through 352 pages of repetitive prose and scenarios.  

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