Release Date: October 8, 2013
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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.
“I am Malala. My world has changed but I have not.”
I can start this review by saying that Malala Yousafzai is an amazing person with an equally amazing family. As a woman I am always appalled at females being belittled and treated as an “inferior species” of human. As an American citizen I so often fail to really “get” how it can be in other countries as a female. I read books like this so that I never forget to consider how lucky I am and also that I never forget to stay aware to the plight that other woman face and to do what I can to stand with them and fight! I love that the core of this book is about education. That to right the wrongs, to stop the traditions, that we need to educate our children so that they can grow up to make better choices. Choices that are based on knowledge and not emotion, tradition, or just hate. Education is empowerment, yes!
With all of that said the book as a whole felt really uneven. It starts out good, like an actual autobiography then it steers into historical and political territory that seem more like an info-dump to me. It became less about Malala and more about Pakistan, its leaders, plenty about politics, terrorist regimes and life in the Middle East in general. I am all for background information to support the overall main story but I felt like maybe the co-author had an agenda on this one. As the book progressed to the end it started to pick up and I just really enjoyed it. So for me it started as a five star, dropped to a three, and then picked up again for an average of four stars.
I just want to end this review stating that this girl was courageous! To go through everything she went through and to still want to campaign for the rights of education for women and others is just amazing! She has humbled me and opened my eyes to what true courage is and I hope that she becomes an even brighter star that we can all learn something from.