I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

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 somewhere in a distant place.
Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty 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 dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends –and better people–through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

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3 Comments

  1. Terrific story. Liked it so much I’ve already read it twice. This was an excellent story. A young upper middle class American girl becomes pen pals with a boy in Zimbabwe. The book is told through each of their viewpoints in alternating chapters. While Martin’s story is amazing, what I liked best was was seeing Caitlin’s growth experience – from a young person’s assumption that most people are similar to themselves to the gradually dawning knowledge that they are not. While her chapters felt superficial compared to Martin’s, it did underscore the marked…

  2. I visited Zimbabwe many years ago and was happy to read about the familiar sights as well as … When I ordered this book, I was intrigued by the story of friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the world. The early chapters establish the contrast between the lives of a teen enjoying the amenities of suburban American life as compared with her Zimbabwean counterpart, who must set aside his studies in search of the basics for the survival of his family. These two teens initially understand so little about each others’ lives, families, cultures, and countries but share an…

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