Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

Title: I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Publish Date: October 8, 2013
Source: Owned

What's the Story?:

From Goodreads.com: "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."

My Two Cents:

At this point, you have probably heard of Malala Yousafzai. She is the young schoolgirl who just a few years ago was shot by the Taliban while she was just trying to attend school. Her story has inspired people around the world to stand up for educating all children. Education is the greatest gift one can receive. This book is truly inspirational!

Being able to do something like attend school is something that I definitely take for granted being an American. I was very easily able to go to elementary middle and high school and then go on to get an undergrad degree and a Masters degree with absolutely no one questioning me about my ability or need to go to school. As Malala's story shows, this is not something that is open to all women and girls around the world. Although her family was incredibly supportive of her going to school, the powers within her country were not supportive. Even though I believe in the power of education, being in a country where education is cracked down upon might have made me think twice about trying to be educated.

The book goes through her story and of her shooting and also of her recovery. It also covers a lot of the amazing things that she was able to do after her recovery. Many people would've just turned and tried to hide but she really continue to put herself out there and to hopefully make strides for other women and girls worldwide. This is an incredibly inspiring story and one that shows that through dedication and sheer will, it's possible to start to change the tide for many people worldwide.

1 comment:

  1. I read this one a couple of years ago. It was just an 'ok' read for me. I think her story was interesting and she lived through a lot she should not have had to, but at the same time, her lack of maturity sometimes came through her writing. Not a surprise since she WAS still a child, but I felt like better editing might have helped.


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