I read the book as a memoir and was quite impressed with it. But I did have doubts about some of the stories, they just sound too perfect. Like the episode in the forest where he sleeps on a nest of branches an eventually gets chased by a bunch of pigs for half a mile until he jumps on a tree to save himself. Sounds a little like a Disney movie to me. Also he and his group of friends get saved from being killed by a group of scared villagers twice entirely accidentally by Beah's Rap music cassette falling out of his pocket. Of course the villagers would start listening to it and Beah would have to perform a dance which the chieftain of the village would like and let them go. So after I read it I would do some research and there is indeed substantial doubt about the truthfulness of this book as the facts just don't check out. Read up for yourself if you are interested. He probably was a child soldier for a little while, but by far not as long as he claims. Many of his war stories must therefore be made up. All that Rambo stuff did sound a quite over the top, right? Well, overall I think it's still kind of an interesting read but by war not as powerful as if it was real.