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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

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A true story about a 10 year old Yenenese girl who was married to a man 25 years older than she was. She went to the courthouse and asked to see and judge so that she could get a divorce! Unheard of at that time.
Published 2010 by Broadway Paperbaqcks (first published January 1st 2009)
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Samantha Nujood changed her name to Nujoom which means "the stars in the sky"; her former name means "hidden one"; so this is empowering her.
Amy If you are a mom who is comfortable explaining sex, marital relations, and marital rape to a 13-year-old girl, then I would definitely share it with…moreIf you are a mom who is comfortable explaining sex, marital relations, and marital rape to a 13-year-old girl, then I would definitely share it with your daughter because I think it is educationally valuable to learn about how girls are treated in other cultures. My own daughter is 11 and emotionally mature for her age, and I read this book WITH her, but I am also very open about talking about sex with both of my prepubescent kids. As a former middle school teacher, I would definitely NOT share it with a classroom full of middle school kids who come from different home backgrounds holding different attitudes about sex. Since I read this book out loud with my 2 kids, I was able to interject explanations along the way and answer any questions that they might have. I would not recommend this for just anyone; you have to judge through the emotional maturity of your reader.(less)
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Petra X
Jan 10 2016 Update This is so sad. The royalties from this book didn't go to Nujood but to her father, who used them to purchase two new wives. He also sold Nujood's younger sister to a much older man. Nujood is still in receipt of alimony though - $30 a month. When he pays. Women are just commodities to be fucked, bred from and used as drudges. As Nujood's father said in court, "Women are just a curse" so why not use them for what value you can get?

Nujood's real name is Nujoom. She changed it
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Rebecca
Apr 16, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book on a whim at the book store today. The title was compelling and I have a penchant for survival stories. With that, the content of Nujood's story is unquestionably salient. Her experience is one of courage and extraordinary spirit. For me, this is the strength of the book. It pains me to say that despite all that, I cannot in good conscience give the book a strong rating.

Nujood's voice was drowned out by "co-author's" Delphine Minoui. To the point where I did not see a shif
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Meaghan
The story should be compelling, but I found this memoir to be remarkably shallow. Nujood is barely literate and the memoir was actually written by the journalist Delphine Minoui. I'm not sure how much of the book is Minoui's and how much is Nujood's dictation, or if ANY of it was her dictation for that matter. Certainly the author is consciously trying to sound like a ten-year-old girl, which is a main part of the problem.

The details that could really enrich this story are lacking. Nujood goes t
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Truly
Apr 07, 2016 Truly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apa yang kamu inginkan?” Tanya seorang hakim
”Saya ingin bercerai” Jawan Nujood dengan tegas

Shafa Arawinda, seorang gadis berusia 10 tahun. Duduk di kelas V SD. Selain sekolah dan les, ia menghabiskan waktunya bermain dengan teman-teman. Ia juga menggemari coklat. Hari-hari dihabiskan dengan kecerian dan kegembiraan khas anak-anak.

Nujood Ali lahir di Yaman tahun 1998. Ia bukan siapa-siapa, hanya seorang anak perempuan yang memiliki orang tua dan banyak saudara. Ia juga sering bermain dan menggema
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Zografia
I can not rate this book or comment on it, since I think it's purpose is to raise awareness. It's not a book for fun or entertainment and I dont recommend it to you if that's what you seek. It's a book that made me feel so awful, and I can only imagine what Nyjood has been through. It is a real story, with facts, which actually makes it a lot more horrible.
I just looked at the cover and the pictures and thought that she looks so little and beautiful. What kind of monster could do this to her? Th
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Amy Sheridan
May 05, 2011 Amy Sheridan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book doesn't make you stfu about your first world problems like getting the wrong latte at Starbucks or not being able to find the right color of sweater for your chihuahua, nothing will.

Seriously, at the age of 10, when many (American) girls are wearing booty shorts and trying to emulate Miley Curys, Nujood is sold by her family to a 30-year-old man as his wife. She comes from a world where this isn't entirely unusual. It also isn't unusual for men to have multiple wives, and for girls
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Vivian Valvano
I am really sorry to have to give this only 2 stars. Nujood's story is heartbreaking, and her bravery is inspiring. I remember her case when it broke in the news. Married off by her father to a man 25 years older than she, this Yemeni child who is not even positive of her age was repeatedly abused, beated, and raped by this bastard (who had "promised" not to touch her until after puberty) and was brutally abused by his mother. She had the courage to find her way to a courthouse, find a judge tha ...more
Maha
Nov 17, 2012 Maha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تتحدث الروايه عن أشهر طفلة في العالم العربي، اليمنية نجود أحمد علي، التي حصلت على الطلاق من زوجها وعمرها 10 سنوات
فتاة اليمن السعيد ومثيلاتها كثيرات على امتداد أوطاننا السعيدة ـ مسروقة من على مقعد الدراسة، ومن كراسة الرسم ولعبة الغميضة، ومسلسلات توم وجيري، ومساقة إلى سرير الزوجية، لتطاردها كل مساء اغتصابات زوج ثلاثيني، وكوابيس ملونة بالدم النازف من عذرية الطفولة،
الطفله اللتي كان من المفترض أن تظل طفلة، لكنها بحكم الأهل والفقر باتت عروساً فامرأة، وبأمر المحكمة أصبحت مطلقة في قضية ملأت الدنيا وشغلت
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Mona M. Kayed
Oct 15, 2012 Mona M. Kayed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كتاب صادم بشكل مفجع .. نجود و غيرها من الحالات تعتبر إفرازاً طبيعياً للجهل المتفشي في المجتمعات العربية .. المشكلة لا تكمن في الجهل بحد ذاته ، و إنما في أولئك الذين يرتكبون حماقاتهم باسم الدين .. في هذا الكتاب مثلاً كانت حجة والد الطفلة بأن الرسول عليه السلام تزوج من السيدة عائشة و هي ابنة تسع سنين ، في حين أنه يتناسى مثلاً بأن الصحابي أسامة بن زيد قاد جيش المسلمين و هو لا يتجاوز الخمسة عشر عاماً .. المجتمع الآن لا يطالب الشباب بقيادة الجيوش في عمر المراهقة و لكنه ما زال يطالب الطفلات بالزواج
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Roberto
I really liked this book, because it was interesting reading about how tough her life was and what she went through with her husband. At the start she was living a pretty good life until this granger went up to her dad and asked to marry his daughter and her dad accepted it because they needed the money. He also swore not to touch her until she went through her first period. He lied about that. The only thing I would dislike about it is how she can be respecting her family? What was so bad about ...more
Chris
Before I comment on the book, I have to say something about the writer. Ali told her story to Delphine Minoui who is responisble for the actual written word. In some ways, this makes the story read strangely. It is ten year old, but the voice at times is far, far older than ten. In part, this must be so the novel can be read by adults, but it does give it a bit strange feel to the tone. Also, I think that the lack detail, in particular about the legal aspects of the case was done for two reasons ...more
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Kat
This is a very short and, despite the subject matter, easy read. It's disquieting, yes, but also hopeful and occasionally even light.

What I really liked about this book is that, first, it doesn't shy away from the horrors of what happened to Nujood, but it also doesn't go too graphic into them. It's clearly been written with a great deal of input from Nujood because the style, and what she takes enjoyment in, is clearly that of a 10- or 11-year-old. She is such a strong-willed child, and I trul
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Such a brave and resilient little girl! At the age of 10, Nujood was married off to a man of thirty. He promised her father that he wouldn't consummate the marriage until she'd reached puberty, but began daily raping her starting on the wedding night. He also beat her black and blue on a regular basis. While on a visit to the city to see her family, Nujood ran away and stumbled into the courthouse asking, "Where's the judge? I want a divorce!" She had no money, no education, and no idea what she ...more
Jay
Firstly, this low rating isn't due what to happened to Ali. It's terrible, jaw-dropping and gut wrenching. No child should be sold off- no human being should be sold off, period- and no child should be raped. Given Ali's bravery at being able to even think of getting a divorce despite being repressed, and actually following through with it, it's not wonder she was voted woman of the year.

But I can't help and feel that this memoir drags her story down. Someone on here suggested it would have been
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Lisa
Jul 21, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

Good story which takes place in Yemen and is the story of 10-year old Nujood Ali who was forced by her father to marry a man who was three times her age. She was made to go live with her husband and his family, was raped by her husband, and was emotionally and physically abused by his mother. Yemeni law allows girls of any
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Keyri
Dec 18, 2014 Keyri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is inspiring and heart breaking because you learn so much from this book. It's about a young girl named Nujood who loves going to school and loves being with her family, she lives in a country called Yemen where you are forced to get married before 15 . One day she comes home from school and her dad tells she will soon get married. She is heart broken because her wedding will be coming soon. After her wedding Nujood struggled with her new " husband" she now lives with and his family . ...more
Ibtissam
Dec 10, 2015 Ibtissam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a traumatizing and sad story, it really affected my mood, if you are already in a bad mood please avoid reading this because it will make it worse, I wish all the best to this little girl with big dreams.
Ishraq
I'm not going to rate this book I just can't, it is one of these books that you have mixed feelings after reading it.. feeling of compassion and sadness for poor little Nujood and feelings of rage and anger towards stupid tribal traditions that spread out in the name of Islam while Islam has nothing to deal with it. And when all what a child want is to get back to be a child, play, draw, go to school and being seen by the others eyes as just a child no words in the world could ever express these ...more
Jennifer (aka EM)
Sep 03, 2013 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cftc
An important book for anyone who would like a first-hand account of the horror and cruelty of child marriage. My quibble - as always - is in the telling: written at a basic level pretending to be out of the mouth of 10-yr-old Nujood, the prose was stilted and the horror somewhat dulled (although, what was unsaid was a powerful statement in itself) - and, above all, the pacing was too fast. We needed to dwell a little longer on the lead-up to the marriage selling of the 10-yr-old to a 30+-yr-old ...more
Michelle
This is an important book. It's just not especially well-written. Normally, with this weighty a topic I'd be more forgiving but I found the writing was annoying enough to really affect my ability to concentrate on what most mattered...that it is a horrific practice which allows for prepubescent little girls to be married off to men 3 or more times their age. Obviously, an illiterate 10 year old girl is going to need the assistance of a co-author. And I applaud Ms. Minoui for taking this on. Firs ...more
Khparisa
Dec 06, 2014 Khparisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
داستان بيان گر واقعيت تلخ از رسوم و سنن موجود در جوامع عربى است،، جوامعى كه با گرايش به دين اسلام دست به هر نوع و حشى گرى ميزنند و در نهايت با اعمال پيامبر مسلمين مقايسه مينمايتد، بسيار تأثير گذار،،
Susan
Apr 06, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_and_review
Minoui's introduction is entirely too precious, beginning "Once upon a time there was a magical land..." She calls Yemen "a mysterious place," says "women hide their charms behind thick black veils," and describes Nujood as "a tiny wisp of a thing." It's all very poetic, but she's a journalist writing a serious book, even if it is for children. By the way, "Yemen has experienced a series of civil wars too complicated for the pages of children's books." Well, that might explain her apparent belie ...more
Julie
I am Nujood is the story of a 10 year-old girl from Yemen who is sold off as a child bride to a much elder man who physically and sexually assaults her. Taking the advice of her father's second wife, Nujood flees from her family home and appeals to the Court for a divorce. Nujood's story is certainly worth telling and the issues the book attempts to deal with - child marriage, child trafficking, etc. are of great importance. The main problem with this book is that it is far too simplistic for th ...more
Kelsey Perez
Jan 22, 2015 Kelsey Perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book because it's very heart touching. It starts with a girl named Nujood. She's a normal girl who goes to school and does everything a 9 year old girl does. She is from Yemen, and in Yemen most parents marry of their kids at a very young age. Nujood came back from school like any other day but when she got home her father Aba told her she was going to marry a delivery man, three times her age!!! Since the day of her wedding she had been living a scary and frighting life. ...more
Lori
Sep 27, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty difficult book to read. Nujood lives in Yemen. she comes from a very large family. they live in poverty. At ten years old her father "sells" her for a dowry to a man three times her age. At only ten years old, Nujood is forced to marry this man. he was made to promise he would not have sexual relations with the child until she starts puberty. This is a lie. the "beast" forces himself on the little girl the very first night and forces himself on her everyday. Added to this he bea ...more
Jenn
Jun 11, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorrowful. That is how I feel every time I read about the Yemens and how some female family members are treated. Sold as wide slaves, it is such a different culture than what I am used to. But marriage at the age of 10? Sexual relations before a girl has matured? It's enough to turn my stomach. What right does anyone have to take away the innocence of a child? And what man in his right mind would think it was perfectly fine to lay down with a child? It's sickening.

I've read a few reviews where
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Loloah ALhozami
انتهيت لِلتو من رواية تِلك الأسطورة الحقيقية نجود بطلة الأزمنة المعاصرة، تلك الفتاة الصغيرة أثبتت أنهُ لا مُحال يَحول بين المرءِ وحقوقه فأرجو من الله العلي العظيم أن يُعين كُل نجود في هذا الكون لتستعيد حقوقها كما فعلت نجود ابنة العاشرة والمُطلقة..
Ella.s
Nov 12, 2014 Ella.s rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a life chosen for you. You have no say. You're treated like nothing. You don't get to chose where you live, what you wear, what you do all day, and even whom you will spend the rest of your life with. Nujood, age nine, was married off to a man three times her age. Her whole entire world was swept underneath her feet, with just a signature on a piece of paper Nujood lost her family, her home, her best friend, her school, and her happiness. Moved to a whole different village, Nujood had to ...more
Huma Rashid
Aug 16, 2012 Huma Rashid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deeply, deeply compelling. The story of a girl with amazing courage and resilience and such a full, generous heart.

No girl should ever have to live through what Nujood lived through, but far too many do all over the world. This child's journey - finding a way to leave her abusive home, get to Sana'a, track down a judge, and tell her story - is a testament to the power of the human spirit.

It is important to remember when reading this book that domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child marriages
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Nujood Ali, born in 1998, is a figure of Yemen's fight against forced marriage. At the age of ten, she obtained a divorce, breaking with the tribal tradition. In November 2008, U.S. women's magazine Glamour designated Nujood Ali and her lawyer Shada Nasser as Women of the Year. Nasser, born in 1964, is herself a feminist and specialist in human rights, whose involvement in Nujood's case received m ...more
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“Nujood's rebellion, honorable in our eyes, is moreover considered by conservatives as an outrageous affront, punishable, according to extremist, by a murderous "honor crime.".” 8 likes
“A divorce party--that's really better than a wedding party!” 3 likes
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