Tom and I share a hatred for The Kite Runner.
I dislike it for its emotional manipulation -- how it repeatedly sets up implausible situations for maximal tear-jerking.
A couple weeks ago, Tom and I were walking around downtown Mountain View:
Tom: "Did you see the author of The Kite Runner has written another book?"
Me: "Yes, unfortunately."
Tom: "The Kite Runner was so awful! It was pure shit, in book form!"
Tom: "It's like a brick, that you can throw at people! Except some of them would actually like it."