Sunday, June 12, 2016

REVIEW: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” 
What a heartfelt and inspirational read!  Malala is a young Muslim woman from Pakistan who has spent her short life advocating for education.  She was targeted by the Taliban in 2012 where she was shot in the head.  Malala recovered and has continued her outspoken campaign throughout the world including being a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. That's pretty outstanding considering she's still only 18 years old.

Malala is a remarkable human being with a positive message that we should all admire.  It sickens me that there are those in the world that would try to intimidate and act to silence such a young woman who only strives to do good. I wholeheartedly recommend this to readers (teens and adult) who want to be inspired and discover that it is possible to make a difference through the power of knowledge and education.

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” 

If I had one criticism is that there are aspect of the book that make this a big info-heavy and for a reader who isn't familiar who the culture or area of the world or history, there is a lot to take in. Secondly, I would have enjoyed the audiobook more if the narrator had sounded a bit more like a young girl.

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars



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