I am Malala - Coffee Shoppe Reads (REVIEW)


I will admit that I'm fairly late on the bandwagon in reading this book, but when my sister insisted I do so over break, I figured it was as good a time as any. There was never any reason why I hadn't read the book, its certainly a book that is right up my alley. I think it was just a matter of that I hadn't gotten around to it yet. There will always be a long list of books I hope to read.

I Am Malala chronicles the life of Malala Yousafzai, a Pashtun girl from the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Throughout her own educational journey in a land strongly unwelcoming to the rights of girls, she fought for the rights of other children specifically girls, to obtain an education.  In 2012, when Malala was fifteen years old, she was shot by the Taliban. Miraculously, Malala survived the shooting and has gone on to be a strong and loud advocate for girls education.

I went into reading this book assuming that I would enjoy it, but I honestly think that I underestimated just how much I would enjoy it. I Am Malala is a poignant narrative that allows a view into the reality of life for people in many regions of the world. I enjoyed the book for its many aspects and appreciated how it highlights the many conflicts that exist without our global society. Malala's story is touching and I am glad that she was able to share it as it is not just her reality, but the reality of millions of girls across the globe.

The book was written well and I feel like it not only detailed the events of Malala's life, but it also was infused with personality which helped to lighten the mood of a very harrowing story. In Chapter 11, The Clever Class, She shares a poem that her father keeps with him that I felt stood out in its truth and simplicity:

"First they came for the communists, 
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. 
Then they came for the socialists, 
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist. 
Then they came for the trade unionists, 
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. 
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I was not a Jew. 
Then they came for the Catholics, 
and I didn't speak out because I was not a catholic. 
Then they came for me, 
and there was no one left to speak for me."
 - Martin Niem√∂ller

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading I Am Malala and I would absolutely suggest it to anyone as I think it is a book that anyone could benefit from reading.

Today, Malala focuses her time on The Malala Fund, an organization working to ensure that girls are able to obtain an education. I strongly urge you to donate if you are able. As there are affiliate links within this post, any funds earned through these links will be donated to The Malala Fund as well.

2016 Reading Goal: 2/12 completed.

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