I Will Always Write Back - Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch

I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda with Liz Welch
Genre: J/YA Nonfiction (Autobiographies)

Blurb (on back of book): The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.
It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student in a distant place. Martin was luck to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.
That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.
In this compelling memoir, with an updated epilogues for this edition, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends — and better people — through their long distance exchange.


Wow. What can I even say about this book?

My friend recommended this book to me for a good read. I took it, mentally adding it to my To-Read list. One day, I found that I had nothing to read. Then I spied this book on my bookshelf, so I grabbed it and sat down to read.

I love the beginning; I love the climax; I love the ending! This was just an amazing book, and to think that it was a true story just made it so much better, but also worse, thinking about how those things that happened in the book actually happened, and is happening, in real life! This is a page-turner, and it provides so much emotion and drama that you can hardly believe it actually happened. Martin and Caitlin are two wonderful people that you can definitely empathize with, especially Martin. This story is told from both Martin and Caitlin's point of view, mostly chapter-by-chapter, though there are some consecutive chapters with just Martin or just Caitlin.

This book was just so amazing. It made me want to help out, and I plan to do more things to help others just by reading this tale. I would strongly recommend it to ANYONE. All readers will enjoy this book. I know teens, children, and adults who have also read this book. It was an amazing tale that was so hard to believe that it was real, but yet thrilling and pulling. I love how everything ended happily, and just thinking how it could have ended puts me in tears. I loved this book, and it is something that everyone can enjoy.



  1. Awesome! I don't read as many nonfiction books as I should, but if you liked that you might like We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, Sharon M. Draper. It's about growing up in tough areas and how they helped each other escape.


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