We must live a full life, if only in our hearts.”

Genre: Nonfiction
Pages: 240
Published: 17th November, 2014
Rate: 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads Synopsis
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

My Take
I knew of Malala in bits and pieces and I always wanted to read the book and I remember opening it up immediately I got it. (Thank you Rafu Books!) The story starts of beautifully with Malala’s background, a time before the Taliban. The story focuses on her and I love how its informational and delves in deeper into her life while still maintaining her perspective.

“All I want to do is to go to school. And that is not a crime. That is my right.”

You watch and hear about Malala and all the philanthropic work she does but getting to read it, it’s a whole new experience. While reading I Am Malala I got to understand why she does what she does. She’s a phenomenal, courageous woman and in simple terms, I STAN! The book is authentic and absorbing I couldn’t put it down.

I Am Malala is part warm, part wrenching, all in all a powerful read that I do recommend. Read it!