I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai
“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.“ -Goodreads
As I always judge books by their covers, I’ll start by saying that this one is gorgeous. Malala is such a beautiful, courageous young women, so it is quite fitting that she graces the cover of her memoir. Also the colors of her shawl and the background make it such an aesthetically pleasing novel.
While Malala’s tale was a bit difficult to get into (it took me over a year to get past part 1), I’m grateful I was able to get past that. The book is so honestly and straightforwardly written that the emotions seep out of it. Despite the obvious happy-ish ending (while getting shot is not happy, the fact that she survives is), I was still tearing up through the end. There is just so much courage, belief, and strength in this girl that I couldn’t help but cry. Malala’s message throughout the entire novel is not that she herself is to be celebrated, but that education is the most important of all because ignorance leads to conflict.
I definitely recommend Malala, even though it may take a while to read, it is well worth it.