I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

How did I get it?:
It was a gift!


When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, and of Malala’s parents’ fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.


I’m pretty sure most people have heard about Malala, the young girl that was shot in the head and survived to tell her story. Malala stood up for education and I truly believe she’s such a strong individual that’s inspirational to many. Following her recovery, Malala has continued to fight for education.

Writing a review for this book is incredibly tricky, partly because it’s a non fiction book. I have begun to enjoy reading non fiction, especially when it’s about something so important. Education is a huge part of my life. It was interesting to learn about what Malala stands for and how she couldn’t be silenced even when her fight almost cost her life.

I found aspects of this book fascinating and I felt like I learnt a lot through reading it. However, I didn’t expect it to be as political as it was. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading this book and that I don’t think it should be read. I do. It’s important. I was just a little bogged down with the political details. It is of course, important to know about the history of Pakistan, it was just at times, a bit too much for me. I preferred to be reading about Malala’s recovery and her strength in moving forward.

That being said, I Am Malala is a touching and informative, important read. I’m pleased I decided to read it!

Would I recommend it?:

This book didn’t take long to read and I felt I learnt a lot from it!