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This book is a retelling of real events that happen. I am a huge fan of movies based on real life so I like to read books that tell true stories.
Book Review: I am Malala
In the past biographies were written in a style that was sometimes uninteresting and almost detached. Today, biographies are written like novels and are very engaging from the start.
One of my favorite books I have read this year is: I am Malala
What makes this story interesting is that I remember hearing about this girl in Afghanistan who was shot for going to school. It was one of the stories in the news that I read but did not follow up on the details or follow the progress.
Over the next few years, I kept seeing stories about this one girl. She intrigued me but I still did not know much.
When the book finally came out I was interested to read it right away. Since I am an avid book reader, I had other books to finish reading before I could start a new one.
Last year, I finally got the chance to buy the book.
The book hooked me from the start. Malala is an amazing storyteller. She gives some family background and some historical background.
In school, we were never thought middle eastern history and I do not choose to study any history in university. My knowledge about the Middle East is solely based on what I see in the news.
Reading her book was a huge eye-opener. Her brief explanation of history and Customs of the area were all new to me but made things I had heard in the news make more sense.
From her telling of history, I also started to understand why the Middle East is so averse to North America and their interference.
At this point, I was afraid that the book would become political. I am sure you might read this post and fear that I will turn this into some political standing ground.
But, the book is not a political milk crate she stands on to shout out from. She sold gives the facts and some brief background.
Malala recounts her life before the shooting and her family dynamics. She explains the threats that were placed against her father for sending her to school. She never uses the books to express her opinion or to attach the people who did this to her.
Through the book, she has a single message. That the education of girls is important and should be allowed and fought for no matter the cost. Her life before the shooting and since has continued to be the voice of so many girls that are kept from having an education.
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What I learned
In the west, we are extremely fortunate. As a woman, I have the freedom to leave my house unaccompanied. I can drive a car, shop and, most importantly, go to school without fear of getting hurt.
This book was a reminder of all the things I take for granted and just how much we have to be thankful for.
It’s an inspiring book that leaves you wanting more.
I cannot recommend this book enough. The book was a highlight of the year. One I still think about when I watch the news or every time I hear her name or see her face.
I want to read more stories based out of the Middle East. They can be historical fiction or autobiographical. If you have my suggestions, please leave them in the comments.
Have you read I am Malala? Tell me What did you think about it in the comment and recommend any other books I may like.
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