Author: Malala Yousafzai
Published: October 2013
Rating: 4 STARS
Memoir | 327 pages |Published by Brown and Company
Malala Yousafzai has a simple yet powerful message: educate girls and change the world. It is true that if young girls are educated per capita income goes up, infant mortality goes down, child marriage becomes less common. Moreover, if these girls become mothers they will in turn educate their children. This leaves a very important legacy that is necessary for the prosperity of future generations.
Her commitment to accomplishing this goal shines through in her book. Before the terrorist shot her, he asked the school bus full of girls she traveled in, “Who is Malala?” This novel, “I Am Malala,” is a bold response to that Talib who attempted to silence her. However, as she has said in her speeches since the incident, she will not be silenced. Instead, she will speak louder and more confidently with the collective voice of women and allies who want to see all girls educated.
Malala’s book is a collection of personal anecdotes, Pakistani history and politics, and Islam history. It doesn’t always read like a cohesive narrative, but that doesn’t detract from the wealth of information and poignant insight found within Malala’s words. I learned so much, admittedly due to my ignorance of Pakistani history, and feel improved having read her story. Thank you, Malala Yousafzai.