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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Hardcover – October 8, 2013
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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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Throughout her story, Malala's dedication to female education remains staunch. There were times when her almost-adult attitude irritated me - she seemed too good to be true - but then, a few pages on, she delighted me with a revelation of typically young-teenager behavior, in one instance, bringing shame on herself and her family.
Three years after this book was published, I wonder what Malala is doing now. Will she ever return to her beloved country? How different will she find it if she does? I've found it a mistake to revisit childhood locales because I have always come away disappointed.
And how will living in Birmingham affect Malala's ideals? Fighting for female education rights in that city would be akin to taking coals to Newcastle. However, I wish her success in her championship in whatever arena she chooses to fight.
My only complaint is that often it seemed a story about her father more so than herself. But he was her greatest support and with her throughout the process, so I understand the reasons behind it.
Malala is a strong female and her way of voicing opinions and speaking of herself may at times seem as though she is conceited, but I think that's just another example of the cultural differences and shouldn't deter anyone from reading the book.