‘I Am Malala’ is the autobiography of a courageous young girl called Malala Yousafzai. She is a 16 year old girl from Pakistan, shot by the Taliban for speaking out about her right to be educated.There is roughly 125 million children in the world today without a school place. This is a story of just one girl’s struggle to simply exercise her right to an education.
This book allows you to see life from Malala’s point of view, which is vital, as it allows you to see that she is brave beyond her years while also giving you gentle reminders that she is just a teenage girl who fights with her little brother and likes to wear pink.
The book is broken down into 5 sections. The story starts with a background on where Malala comes from, specifically her father’s story. To be perfectly honest, the first section of the book is a bit slow and I picked it up and put it down A LOT. By a lot I mean over about a 3 month period. If this happens, persevere, it will be worth it. Once I got past section 1 I read section 2 in about a week and section 3,4 and 5 in one day. I could not put it down.
Malala’s story gave me goosebumps and left me with a sense of guilt for resenting the fact that I had to go to school all those years. At 26, I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. I believe teenagers could gain some invaluable insight from Malala. If they are not using this book in second level schools, it’s a crying shame.