Patricia McCormick has already enlightened the world with Sold and Cut. Purple Heart is no different. Purple Heart is about a young Matt Duffy who awakens in a hospital in Iraq with no idea how he got there. He was also injured and because he has a Traumatic Brain Injury he does not know how or why. The one little memory he has is of a little Iraqi boy being blown up. The next day he is awarded the Purple Heart medal.
After he has recovered and joined his squad he keeps having flashbacks about the young Iraqi boy being blown up. Matt soon finds out that the boy was Ali the Iraqi boy that his squad had befriended. With this memory his conscience keeps nagging him. Could he have been the one who killed him? In the second half of the story Matt goes on a series of missions; though some of the members of his squad get killed he learns how to pull through and protect the others.
Patricia McCormick uses figurative language and has such a way with words that you feel like you are actually fighting alongside Private Duffy. And the idea with using a younger man with modern war was excellent.
I recommend this book to young male readers who have interests in war, This book is also good for parents who have teenagers that play games such as Call of Duty or Halo Reach. If they like to play those action packed video games then maybe they’ll like this action packed book.
~Gene, Teen Book Reviewer