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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – Review by Becca, Teen Blogger

I Am Malala - book coverI am Malala is the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, co-written by herself, and Christina Lamb. Malala is a Pakistani educational rights activist. She was the winner of the 2011 Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize, also in 2011. Malala was one of four runners-up for the Time magazine's Person of the Year. She was also the youngest ever nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize*. Malala also created a nonprofit organization for education, supporting and investing in community-led programs, The Malala Fund.

Malala Yousafzai was first brought to the media's attention in 2009, by writing (under the pen name Gul Makai) to BBC on the topic of living under the Taliban, at age eleven. In October 2012, when she was fifteen years of age, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban bullet. She was on her way from school, on a public school bus filled to the brim with other students. Malala and three other girls were injured. Malala was shot through her left eye, the bullet leaving through her shoulder. The reason for the attack was her own progressive political ideals, which both she and her father share. After a miraculous survival, and full recovery, she continues her advocacy for educational rights today. Among many other projects and funds, Malala recently opened a school, in Beeka Valley, Lebanon, for refugee Syrian women and girls, on her eighteenth birthday.

I thought the book was incredibly well written. It outlines the sexism and oppression the Pakistani people suffer under the Taliban. Malala's life story fascinates me, with her main focus of empowerment being education. I loved her honest writing style, and the opinions that came with it. I enjoyed the depth with which she spoke; when she stated something, she thoroughly explained the subject. She used many instances and situations from her childhood to demonstrate how she learned her morals - and how she came to be who she is today.

All in all, my final rating of the book was 4.5 out of 5 stars. 


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*[Editor's Note -  In 2014, Malala was also the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.]


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