I guess I should say that for me the most powerful aspect of this story was Amir's guilt and shame at what he regarded as the betrayal of his friend. I felt like I had betrayed my friend too. It had always been up to me to make sure we "got away with it" and stayed out of trouble - this was my job, he was younger than me. What I didn't yet understand was that it can't be a 13-year-old's responsibility to save his 11-year-old friend from an adult, especially not when both of us were being hurt. So it helped me when I got to that part of the book and immediately recognized not only Amir's feelings, but also his own helplessness.
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me. (Woody Guthrie)