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"The touching story will not only inform you of changing conditions in Pakistan, but inspire your rebellious spirit." (Matthew Love, Time Out New York)

"Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls--and all children--to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing." (Isabel Berwick, Financial Times)

"Wise beyond her years...." (Annie Gowen, Marie Claire)

"Riveting.... Co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.... It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank. With the essential difference that we lost that girl, and by some miracle, we still have this one." (Marie Arana, Washington Post)

"Remarkable...a must-read, first-person account of her journey through global terrorism, her brave, encouraging parents, and her own fight for girls' education." (MarieClaire.com)

"The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started." (Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon)

"Briskly written but full of arresting detail.... Striking [and] surprising..." (Jill Lawless, Associated Press)

"Ms. Yousafzai's stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world..." (Salman Masood, The New York Times)

"Not only has Malala Yousafzai become an international symbol of inspiration and bravery, but her survival instilled educators with courage-and is slowly helping make Pakistani schools safer." (Nick Schifrin, ABC.com)

"For a teenage girl in a distant corner of the globe to spark life into this movement-against overwhelming odds-is truly extraordinary. The world must not allow Malala's message to die." (Dallas Morning News)

"Her powerful message remains undiluted." (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly)

"In simple, clear writing, I AM MALALA gives a rare and moving first-person glance into what it's like to be a teenager in a country seized by extremists who stand against the basic freedoms you believe in." (Krystin Arneson, Bustle)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316322407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316322409
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,537 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I downloaded this book minutes after midnight on its first day, and 14 hrs later I have finished it cover to cover. I have been married to a Pakistani for 14 yrs, and have repeatedly asked my husband, "Why do the Pakistanis put up with this"...or that as situations have arisen over the yrs. The best answers I have gotten are the same mentioned in this book. Corruption & fear. It is so wonderful to see a father & his daughter take a stand for their right for something as simple as going to school that so many of us take for granted every day.
Although I have never been to any of the 'villages' I have visited Pakistan once & was a bit surprised by the conditions in one of the larger cities. The Swat valley does sound beautiful thanks to the wonderful mental pictures I got from the very vivid text. It really is ashame that this area is no longer available for tourist, be they Pakistani or international. I also accompanied an in-law to a doctor's while in Pakistan, and as a retired RN, I am really amazed that Malala survived this ordeal. I have little doubt that it definitely was not her time to die no matter what the Taliban tried. God....Allah....must have other plans and no man will change that.
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If you have been following Malala Yousafzai's story in the news or if you saw her recent appearance on The Daily Show you probably know this sixteen-year-old is a true heroine. What you may wonder is if this book, written with Christina Lamb, stands on its own as a great reading experience. I'd say it does. The story of how Malala's Swat Valley was taken over by Taliban extremists, how she and her whole family had to live under the de facto rule of terrorists, was chilling. In the book we get to know her idealistic father and, a figure little written about in the news, her remarkable mother--a brave woman, religiously devout, unable to read, who lived her whole life up until recently in purdah. We also see the beauty of the Swat Valley through Malala's eyes.

The cause of female education, of female empowerment, may well be the great cause of our time. You will read about it in this book, but also about Malala as a human being--intellectually competitive, surprisingly in touch with certain aspects of American popular culture yet living a very different life from girls in Western societies--a patriot, a Muslim believer, and very, very brave. It is worth reading this book just to encounter her.

A parenthetical note--the Kindle edition has surprisingly good color photos of Malala and her family (seen on a Kindle Fire).
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This book is an inspirational read, for everyone, but particularly for young girls. It reminds us how critical it is to support women around the world as they flight for their right to get an education. As an aside, I also saw her interview on the Daily Show today. Talk about poise, strength and courage--she personifies all three of these qualities like no one else! I will use the word again, for the second time in this review, both both the author and her book-- Inspirational!
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Malala is an inspiration for generations to come. She started her journey at a very young age and has already achieved what many people cant even dream of. As I read more and more about her, my appreciation for her increases further. Her best quality is her daring attitude in the face of extremist elements of Pakistani society. In a country where politicians, law enforcement agencies, police, media, religious leaders and government personnels have an apologetic stance about Taliban, Malala has been vocal about Taliban's atrocities since the age of 11. Even being shot in the head did not stop her from speaking and writing about Taliban's injustices. She has turned her revenge into the force of education which she wants each child to be equipped with.

This book reminded me of a recently published book The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance. In his book Qasim Rashid explains why Malala is born in a society that has become apologetic to Taliban, opts illiteracy over education and uses guns instead of pens. Both books are untold stories persecution and perseverance.

I wish Malala a long and healthy life and may her missions accomplish.
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I always poo-poo the odd man out on book reviews... and I'm hardly ever one of them. This time I do not concur with the masses. I don't know what kind of book I was expecting, but it was like reading a term paper about the history of the region's woes, coupled with her extended family's history, that I had a hard time keeping straight. So many people gave it rave reviews that I forced myself to read it to the half-way point.... but I just couldn't continue.

I've read a number of books relating to the region and I am over the shock of how women were/are treated in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Maybe this book opens people's eyes to this for the first time and accounts for the high ratings. For me, I suppose I was expecting to learn more about Malala instead of everything and everybody else. Disappointed.
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I've been a fan of Malala since her NYT documentary. This book is absolutely amazing and a true testament to the fight that she has in her, her love of education, and the desire for peace in Swat Valley. God has an amazing plan for this young girl. Try as they might, the Taliban will NEVER silence her sweet and powerful voice or stop her or any other girl from learning.

In less than a day, I've already finished this book. This brave young girl has helped me to not take my education for granted. Education is a wonderful thing, and hopefully everyone in the world can have a chance to get an education. I recommend this book to everyone and anyone it is truly a great read.

Side note: I really do hope that she wins the Nobel. Also, If you want to get an insight into her fight for education and peace, and don't know much about her, before you read the book, watch her interview on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and her UN speech. You'll be blown away.
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