Published by Back Bay Books on October 2nd 2015
Genres: Biography & Autobiography
*Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize*
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range.
Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
I knew going into this book it’d probably be an emotional one. I also picked it at this tumultuous time we are facing, as you all know, because I felt like it was a very important thing I should read. I’m not going to get into politics here though so don’t worry about it–I know where I stand, where I’ve stood since the beginning, so I don’t need to get into that.
I Am Malala does take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride right from the start. I could hear her voice and often while reading, I felt like she was sitting beside me telling me the whole story. This book reads simplistic, not boring or dull, and there’s even a sprinkle of humor throughout. I teared up a few times and wanted so badly to reach through the pages and just hug this girl. How can I really review someone’s personal story? There’s no way for me to do this formally, to be honest. I can’t sit here and tell you the book was awful because it wasn’t. It was inspiring. I can’t sit here and tell you there’s a happy ending, because technically there isn’t quite an ending yet… she is still fighting her fight and we can look around our world and see what it has become. Did she write the book? No, she told her story and someone wrote it for her. Maybe that’s why it felt like as I was reading, she was speaking to me as well. It does read quite a bit like that, rather than in a technical format. I enjoyed the tone though. It made it much more relatable and realistic for me as the reader.
Malala is only one out of the many many people. But she’s making her small voice loud in the crowd. I didn’t think I could adore the girl even more, but by the end of the book I did. It’s rare for me to have much interest in autobiographies/biographies, too. I’m glad I took the time to grab this one up and I really look forward to seeing the accompanying movie for it as well.
Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 — the youngest recipient ever!
Did you know: Emma Watson interviewed Malala earlier this year (who also happens to be a fan)? I watched it. Great interview… Check it out on YouTube if you’re interested! 🙂
Even if you’re not interested in any of the politics stuff going on right now, this book… this young woman… is important and I highly recommend the read.