Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I Am Malala

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Genre: Memoir

Synopsis:  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 nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
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Review:  I went into this book thinking that I would really like it because I've loved reading about women from the Middle East and their stories.  But this book was so hard to read.  I felt like I was sitting in a history class, reading dry material.  I could not read more than a few pages at a time, it was so uninteresting.  I tried to skim through the history part in hopes that the book would pick up once I started to read about her life but that was not the case.  Even once she started talking about growing up, there was so much history interspersed that the book still was dull.  Once the book was more about Malala's life, it didn't get much better.  Every single detail was written and unnecessary anecdotes were all over the book.  I am so impressed by Malala and how she was brave enough to speak out about education and continue to attend school even with threats against her.  But I really wish the book would have been edited better and written in a more interesting manner.

Rating: 2 stars

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