More like a 3.5... I read A Thousand Splendid Suns a few weeks after I finished and loved Kite Runner. I enjoyed this book as well. I liked that it was from two women's prospectives, Mariam and Laila, and they remained in Afghanistan during the same time period. It's sad that so much has happened to that country and before it took place it seemed like a relatively good place to live. Mariam and Laila's stories were very different until they intertwined. I didn't expect the plot to do that but I was glad it did. Even more surprising was how much they grew and learned to understand each other. Overall I enjoyed the plot and characters, I wish there was more detail about their relationship and less about the political drama happening in Afghanistan.