Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

Category: Autobiography

Published: 2013

Read: March 2017

Score: 5/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

Review: What can I say about this book? It has changed my life. Malala is an incredible and wonderful human being who shows up the spirit and love and passion for life will help you survive.

There is not much I can do to sum up the book. Everyone knows her name and the fact that because she spoke out about education and women’s rights in a country that doesn’t have them she was shot by the Taliban when she was just 15 years old. It shows the cowardice and the fear that people like Malala puts in the Taliban when they have to shut her up in that horrific manner. She survived and started a foundation in her name to help women around the world and provide education opportunities. Obviously she is here for a reason.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the fact it’s not just about her. It’s also about her family and her life in Swat. How they lived from day-to-day. Who her parents are and why they are the way they are. How they met and what her extended family is like. It’s interesting to see how they live and how it’s different from the ways I know. How they are very closer and if anyone visits their house..if it be a big house or a shack, they would give them the shirts off their back if they had too. She also talks about her faith and Islam and how it’s been twisted by sick people for their own personal gains. 

It’s hard sometimes to read what people can do to each other but that is the reality of the world. It’s cold and harsh and unforgiving.

I think everyone should read this book. For a better understanding of life in other countries and a better understanding of the religion of Islam. I look forward to anything else she might come out with as well as following her on her path to make a better world.

I won’t give any other recommendations as I feel there isn’t another book quite like this. Or if there is I don’t know of them and I can’t in good faith just recommend without being certain.

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