I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: A Review
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai…gosh, how do I even review this? This memoir is on a completely different playing field from most books. So, for starters, it was one of the most inspiring and eye-opening books I have read in a long, long time. Reading is exceptionally powerful. It opens up your mind to other lives you could never live and constantly changes your perspective. In rural America, it’s sometimes hard to relate to others who live drastically different lifestyles. The best part about reading? You begin to find out that we are not so different after all.
As the title states, Malala Yousafzai is a young girl who stands up against the Taliban. When I say young girl, I mean like 14 years young, and when I say the Taliban, I mean THE TALIBAN. I can’t even stand up to Comcast raising my internet bill.
Malala fights for women’s rights to be educated in a section of the world that doesn’t value young girls and she is shot because of her opinions. In the United States, school is just a given. You actually get in trouble for NOT going to school. To which Malala would say, “why would you not want to go to school?” Pakistan’s education is a far off reality that is hard to relate to our own lives.
There are more than 31 million girls who are denied access to a proper education. Malala believes that the solution lies in the education of world leaders, not war. In an interview with Jon Stewart, Malala was asked about her feelings towards the Taliban. Her response was, “I used to think the Talib would come and he would just kill me. But then I said, if he comes, what would you do Malala? Then I replied to myself, ‘Malala just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, if you hit the Talib with your shoe, then there will be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty….You must fight others but through peace and through dialog and education.” This. Girl.
I know I was most surprised to learn that she is just a typical teenage girl. I Am Malala is not just about what a woman warrior she is, but it really connects the reader to the young girl that is Malala. She loves Twilight and Angelina Jolie and she gets in little spats with her best friend from school. Many people forget about the innocent people in this war stricken area.
I Am Malala is a must-read. Whether you know a lot about the Middle East or know nothing at all, you will close the book with an open mind.
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