In the novel "The Kite Runner", I believe Amir to be a genuinely good person. Sure, he has made some mistakes and has had to make some tough decisions, but in the end his actions reflect on his youth. Making mistakes is a part of growing up. Being thrown into tough and rather complicated situations at the mere age of twelve would be overwhelming, and learning from experience and fault is what helps you grow as a person. Not only this, Amir has to deal with the struggle of gaining attention from his father, who seems to pay little attention to him solely because he is different from how he was as a child. Therefore, growing up proves to be a challenge for Amir, and learning from his experiences can help him develop as a person.
Firstly, when Amir was put in a quite uncomfortable position as bystander during Hassan's rape, he had a rather tough decision to make. He could "step into that alley, stand up for Hassan" (Hosseini 82) or, "(he) could run" (82). At the age of 12, not only is it a hard situation to be confronted with, but to have to make the decision of whether to stand up for his friend and "accept whatever happened to (him)" (82) or merely get out of the circumstance altogether is a lot to ask of the young boy. Because of his juvenile mind, it would be quite inordinate in my opinion to be confronted with such a position where you have to make such a rash decision.
Secondly, Amir's longing for his father to appreciate his potential is also a result of childhood. At Amir's young age, as well as any time in life, it is only natural to want to belong, and I respect how much admiration he has for his father. In chapter seven, Amir states the blue kite is "(his) key to Baba's heart" (76). The fact that Amir is willing to try so hard to gain recognition from Baba is admirable and shows he loves and cares for him, despite the fact his father shows little regard towards him.