I am Malala
By: Malala Yousafzai
When Malala Yousafzai was fifteen years old, she was shot in the head, while on the way to school. The doctors didn’t expect her to survive, but her amazing spirit and determination, gave her the strength to live and to continue to fight the injustices of the world. I am Malala is the story of one brave, young girl’s extraordinary life, and her perseverance during the horrific ordeals of terrorism.
I am Malala is an incredible read! This young woman’s outlook on life and the world is inspiring to all. Her autobiography gives readers an inside look into her homeland of Swat Valley in Pakistan. The courageousness of her family, from the beginning, and after her traumatic injury, is quite remarkable. Malala’s father encouraged a love of education and went against his customs in order to give her a chance at equality. The effects of her shooting caused the family to be uprooted and moved to the United Kingdom, for their safety and protection. Allowing fear to silence her was never an option, as Malala has continued to speak up for girls’ education. With an almost poetic prose, readers will get to see how Malala, is truly wise beyond her years. Her life story brings to light the horrific traditions in some countries who value a boy’s life more than a daughter, as well as the importance of knowing one’s roots.
This review was written for My Sister’s Books and Sasee Magazine.