Hi everybody. This came in the mail last Friday and I was so happy. I’ve been waiting for it to come for at least three months. I’m so happy. Thanks to Indigo at Orion Books for sending it to me. I also received Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiiasen on the Saturday but I’m still reading that one.
Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.
Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.
Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world — and did.
At first I struggled with this book, it seemed really slow to start but once I got used to the way Malala writes, I start to warm up to it. This is one of the two non-fiction books I now own, it’ll be placed next to my copy of Anne Frank’s Diary on my ever overflowing bookshelves. I started to really relate with all the English/American references, like her love for Ugly Betty (because who doesn’t?)
I’m upset at what people suffer in other countries, It makes me feel lucky to have the privileges that other teenagers don’t, like television or perhaps, even my own room. Her fight for girls freedom to be educated and for the right to speak. Standing up for what you feel is right should be allowed, this is basically bullying but on a larger scale. The bully shot the victim, who was speaking up, in the head.
After getting out of hospital she went on to talk to millions at many conferences even for the United Nations Conference. Many celebrities supported her Selena Gomez, Beyonce, America Ferera, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, even Barrack Obama (To whom she had a civil argument with about armies in Pakistan).
I really enjoyed this inspirational book, go pick it up at local bookstores on the 19th of September.
I give this book 4 stars.
Thanks for reading!