I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

4 stars

I have been wanting to read this forever! So glad I finally read it. Guys, I have to say that I feel like I’ve wasted my life. I’m 31 years old and this girl (at 15) has been through more and done more, than I have in all my years. We take so much for granted and this book does a great job at making me see that. I mean, I know it but this just shoves it in your face. I just got up to get a glass of clean, filtered water. Not everyone can do that. :-/

There is a lot of history and a lot of detail. She tells you all about Pakistani history and it was interesting. It did make the pace a bit slow for me. It was really great to see so much of her culture though. I feel like I learned a lot about Pakistan that I never would have.

Oh my gosh, Malala’s story is pure inspiration. This girl, who has won a Noble Peace Prize, is amazing. She has so much courage and will do whatever it takes to stand up for her rights. All she wants is for peace in her country and that girls should be educated. Education is really important to her and I agree. It just takes one student, one teacher and one pen, to change the world.

Her life is just so heartbreaking. She loves her home but there’s so much poverty and it’s overrun with Taliban. They are short on food and supplies. I’m in awe of her parents. Her dad is also a huge advocate for education and built a school in their home. He had nothing and did all he could to make something. He encouraged Malala and never held her back.

My only issue with this book is that I wasn’t sure who was telling this story. There was so much political talk and influence that I lost a lot of Malala’s story. I was expecting a lot more of her and her story but there are times that it was lost. She would be talking about an instance in her life and all the sudden we are learning about politics. I think I would have enjoyed this much more if there was less of the political angle. I get that it’s important but even a few chapters without it would have been enough of a break.

I really enjoyed this one and I am now googling what she is up to…

19 thoughts on “I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

  1. Great review! I’ve been meaning to read this one, but it keeps getting put on the back burner, for some reason. My 11-year-old sister was required to read it in school this year, which I think is really interesting! I love that reading has taught me so much about other cultures.

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    • Thank you. I have been in the same boat. I realized that it fit one of my reading challenges and read it. It’s very interesting that she has to read that in school! I know that this book got really intense.. I think there is a “Jrs” version though.

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  2. I agree, books like these really put things into perspective for privileged people like us! Just thinking that typing on a computer to speak to people all over the world would be unthinkable somewhere else, let alone basic stuff like food and clean water, make me so depressed and sad.

    Which is probably why I won’t read this book. However, I couldn’t admire Malala more ❤ She's such an inspiration and went through so much.

    I'm glad you enjoyed her book and it touched you so deeply 🙂 Amazing review as well!

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  3. I did that too! Googling more about her after reading her book! Isn’t she amazing! SHe’s so young yet so courageous; and smart! Witty too! I love her sense of humor 🙂 She’s such a gift to humankind!

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  4. Amazing review! I read this book too over the summer, and it really opened my eyes to world politics and issues. I definitely agree that there was a bit too much historical and political talk because it made it difficult to get through, but I also appreciate it because it gave a lot of backstory that I personally wouldn’t have been able to understand.

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  8. I really liked this book as well as it gave me more insight, but I can also agree that it wasn’t just Malala’s story – which makes sense because she was like 16 at the time and having followed her since I’m really excited about her fight for education and what I realized in this book and continue to see is that she wasn’t just a girl who was shot by the Taliban, there was a lot of actions, fear and other reasons behind it

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