For a month in English, we’ve been reading a collection of short stories by Tim O’Brien called The Things They Carried, which takes place during the Vietnam War. All the stories are real, but all of the history behind the stories are somewhat twisted. O’Brien purposely did this because he admits it is impossible to tell a true war story. It takes too much pain in telling the experiences that he wishes he’d forgotten. Some of the stories are funny, sad, and thrilling. All are so well detailed that they put the reader in a soldier’s shoes. I’d definitely suggest that anyone read it, and I’d give the collection 5 out of 5 stars.