Thursday, June 9, 2016

Book 2: "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb


I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I've been "following" Malala in the news, watching YouTube videos of her various speeches and TV interviews, and watching the documentary made about her, so I was really excited to read this book!

Being honest, it was really hard for me to get through this book. Rather than being mainly about her life the book is largely made up of a more simple Pakistani History of what's been going on since before Malala was even born. I'm not a huge fan of History, I've never been very good at remembering names and dates and events, so when I sat down to read I had to really focus in order to keep up with it because the History is vital to understanding why Malala needs to fight for Girl's Education and what led up to the shooting.

This book is not one that I'd consider a light read, but if you have the time and the desire to understand what's been happening from a Native's perspective I highly recommend this book.

When it comes to her shooting, I was worried that it would be described graphically because I'm not good with blood or references to blood or graphic descriptions of blood. However, she's very to the point about it. She doesn't add in anything other than what happened and what she remembers, there isn't any "wailing" or "crying" or "screaming" in her description. When she's going through what happened after she was admitted to the first hospital, several of the things she says are things that I remember hearing about on local and world news stations. Reading about it from her perspective really opened my eyes to the extent of how terrifying and hard it must have been to go through.

So, if you're looking for a History filled book that also partially explains some of the beliefs of Muslims told from the perspective of a young girl who lived it, you should most definitely pick up this book.

If you'd like to learn more about Malala, or want to help support her fight for Girl's Education, go to www.malala.org

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