I Am Malala tells the story of author Malala Yousafzai, a teenage girl from Pakistan who was attacked by the Taliban, surviving a bullet to the head. Malala is now a world famous political figure and activist for educational rights. Before reading this book, I was already familiar with Malala and her story, and was therefore very much looking forward to reading it. I Am Malala in its original format is 327 pages, however I read an abridged version which numbered 145 pages. This shortened edition made the book a quick, easy read.
The overall message of the book is that anyone has the power to change the world if they believe in their cause. As this is a memoir, I learned a lot about Malala’s life and political views, as well as catching an insight into the culture and history of Pakistan. As well as being informative, this was a very inspiring book, and although written by a teenage girl, it is suitable for people of all ages and genders.
Overall, I Am Malala is an inspiring read, and the abridged edition allowed me to read Malala’s story quickly whilst still being able to digest the information. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Malala and what she has achieved in such a short time.
Malala Yousafzai is a sixteen-year-old student from Swat, Pakistan, currently studying in the UK. She worked for children’s rights to education in Swat, and became well-known after being shot by the Taliban for her activism. Today, she continues to fight for basic rights to education, and was the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. ‘I Am Malala’, her memoir, is her first published book.
This book is part of the Quick Reads series: I Am Malala Abridged Quick Reads Edition: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban (Quick Reads 2016)
This review is written by Angharad:
Hello! I’m Becky, 23 and currently living in Doncaster. I’m a photographer, wannabe explorer and avid reader, especially of young adult and fantasy books. I also make book related cross stitches during the dark times when I run out of things to read. I’d choose sitting at home alone with a good book over socialising any day.
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