I Am Malala: The Girl who Stood Up for Education & Was Shot by the Taliban

This book is utterly fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. I finished it in a day or two, mostly because I just couldn’t put it down. It’s the story about a young Pakistani girl we’ve all heard about that the Taliban targeted for standing up for the right to education access around the world, no matter what. She’s lucky to be alive, as a bullet went through her skull barely missing her brain.

I picked up the book for myself as part of a Christmas present as I’d always been interested in her story and for more reasons than just the fact she’s the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient ever. Honestly, I don’t know enough about what’s going on in the Middle East and I wanted to know more. The basics of this story are ones we’ve all heard-Taliban invades a Middle Eastern region, people get shot, an influential girl from an educated family gets shot in the head on a bus, people retaliate, and the cycle continues. But the story of Malala is different. She decided to use this story as an example of how to fight extremism and how hell is just a passing point.

What surprised me the most about this book is that she spent the majority of it discussing Pakistan and what it’s really like there, the good, the bad, and the ugly. She really brought a light to not only the region but Pakistan as well and how important inclusivity, respect, and a good education can be to a country and its citizens. She shines a light on a religion the masses seems to be terrified of and humanizes it. And she made the region real, something I don’t feel like is done enough.

My favourite part? Besides the entire book? I loved how human she made the whole situation seem like. It was evident she, like many other people, were trying to understand the situation in the only way they knew how. And I’m still surprised a teenager wrote this book.

Favourite Quote: “‘Why don’t they want girls to go to school?’ I asked my father. ‘They are scared of the pen'”

This book should be required reading. It’s fascinating and a real light in darkness. Malala is the perfect example of what Winston Churchill once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. Her strength is impeccable



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