Review: ‘I am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai is a truly inspiring book

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On my birthday I was gifted 10 books by my friends. I asked my mom which book I should start with, and she said “I Am Malala” because it is a “non-fiction read and it will give a perspective of being raised as a girl in an orthodox society.” I agreed.

The author of the book is Malala Yousafzai, a girl who loves education and opposed the Taliban when they went against girls’ education and banned the girls from going to school. She fought for girls’ rights for education and ran a media campaign with the help of her father. On Oct. 9, 2012, the Taliban shot her in the head in her hometown of Swat, Pakistan. The injury was so serious that she had to be sent to a better hospital in Birmingham, England, when she was in a coma. By God’s grace, she survived this grievous injury. She and her family now live in Birmingham and are still working to bring in change in this world. She is also the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

This book gives many messages to us kids. One message is to be thankful for what you have. What happened in that country at that time because of terrorism is something I can’t picture living in. Here in the U.S.A., we have respect for each other’s culture. There at that time, you couldn’t believe in another culture besides Islam, and if you did, then you were punished. It makes me thankful that I am in a country that doesn’t have that kind of extremism and gives me freedom to practice my religion. Even Malala mentions in her story that “God is kind to me” after she survives the near-fatal attack.

One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.”

— Malala Yousafzai

Another message is everyone should be treated equally. Everybody should have the same rights, and that’s what Malala stands up for. She says that she wants women and men to be treated the same way and be able to do the same things like listen to music, go to the store or even go to school. In her country, women could only go outside their homes if accompanied by their husbands.

Lastly, a message is even a young kid can bring in a change to the world. Malala was 10 years old when she started to campaign for girls’ rights. She talked with journalists. She published a diary about the times under the Taliban with a fake name “Gul Makai.” She gave speeches at national and international forums. And she won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 and established a Malala Fund to support education and has a day of the year dedicated to her name. In Malala’s words, “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world.”

I liked this book because Malala has presented her story and her perspective in very simple words. She added fun into the book by describing her fights with siblings and her competitive nature to be the topper of the class. This book made me aware of how badly treated girls are on the other side of the world. It made me see how a young girl like Malala can change the world by being brave, fearless and courageous. I loved the book even more because it turned out to be not as serious as I thought. Out of 5 stars I would rate it 100 stars.

From a critic’s standpoint, I didn’t find any flaws in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone because it tells us the actual story of Malala. The book is easy to read and understand. It describes what happened in those times with detail. I think it’s a very heartwarming book, and you should never think twice about reading it.