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The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,309 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Farah Ahmedi's "poignant tale of survival" (Chicago Tribune) chronicles her journey from war to peace. Equal parts tragedy and hope, determination and daring, Ahmedi's memoir delivers a remarkably vivid portrait of her girlhood in Kabul, where the sound of gunfire and the sight of falling bombs shaped her life and stole her family. She herself narrowly escapes death when s ...more
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Published September 18th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published April 1st 2005)
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Should be required reading for all High Schoolers and those of us lucky to live comfortable lives in suburban America. Once you have read this book you will never again look at someone obviously from a different culture from you in the same light.
I picked it up by chance while browsing at the bookstore and read it easily in a couple of hours. It is written in the transparent style and emotional clarity of a child. You can almost sense the translation of language and culture as Farah's limited li
Johna Thaut
I really enjoyed this book! In some ways I was shocked that I enjoyed this book so much, because non-fiction books usually don't appeal to me. I typically look for books that have to do with things like ghosts or mysteries. This book was not something that I planned on enjoying, because it wasn't my typical reading style. To my surprise, this book introduced me to a new kind of writing that I enjoy.
I think that I loved this book so much because the events that took place in the book usually are
This was a riveting story that served as a window into a world I have no experience with. The number and magnitude of obstacles the author faced in her childhood was stunning.
This book was seriously amazing and I am not kidding. It is about a afghan girl. The main Character Farah. Something horrible happens to her and she learns how to be responsible and control her life. She learns how to make her life the best it can be. The book tells how she gets threw her life and makes it how she wants it to be.
The main thing that got me was how dirty they keep everything over there. Her main goal is to get to America so her and her mom can live peacfully. This in non-fiction
This is a wonderful memoir. At the tender age of seven, Farah Ahmedi stepped on a land mine, and she was put in the hospital. The hospital did not have the resources to deal with her injuries so she was flown to Germany, where she had multiple surgeries. She lived in Germany for two years without any family members (remember she was seven). She was sent back to her family, but the wars in her country were escalating. Farah and her mother were forced to flee Afghanistan when the Taliban invaded K ...more
Farah was born in Afghanistan and was fairly happy there with her family. But, one day while on her way to school, she stepped on a landmine and she lost a leg. She was lucky enough to be chosen to go to Germany, but while she was gone for nearly two years the war had gotten worse in her home country.

After losing her father, sisters and eventually brothers, Farah does the work she is able to support herself and her mother.

When Farah hears some group is taking widows and children to America, she
Sandy Watson
This girl was the same age as one of my sons and it just seemed to make it personal. I saw the contrast to the lives they both had lived, just because she happened to be born in a war torn country where life and limb were both disposable. Her siblings were killed, her father was killed and her mother lost her ability to cope.
It was very moving and inspirational to see how she managed to make a new life for herself.
I listened to this book on CD. The story itself was very interesting. The things that happen are not even things I could imagine. However, once the author comes to America, she is, at times, almost ungrateful about the support given to her. This kind of turned me off to her.
Dec 09, 2007 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
I have a special bias for biographies, especially for those about people different from me, who suffer though life, and their story educate. This is one of those books.
It's very inspiring. It makes you think about what other people are going through in other countries and how spoiled (some of) us Americans are.
Story: Interesting cultural autobiography
Writing: ESL seventeen-year old author. Need I say more?
Ana Farida
Judul : The Afghanistan Girl
Penulis : Farah Ahmedi dan Tamim Ansary
Penerbit : Imania
Tebal Buku : 334 halaman

Farah adalah tugu keteguhan. Dia tidak pernah berputus asa dengan segala musibah yang telah menimpanya di saat usianya baru menginjak 9 tahun. Meskipun dia kehilangan kedua tungkai kakinya, dia tetap semangat dalam menjalani hidup. Perang saudara di Afghanistan menyebabkan ayah, kakak dan adik perempuannya meninggal karena sebuah rudal meluncur dan menghancurkan sebagian rumah Farah. Keti
Farah was seven-years-old and had overslept one morning. Worried that she was late for school she decided to take a short cut through a field, saving her two or three minutes but little did Farah know that decision would turn out to be the worst of her life. Sadly, Farah stepped on a land mine! Quickly a crowd gathered around her but no one seemed to know what to do until a neighbour came along, hailed a taxi and put Farah onto the back seat and delivered her to the hospital. Farah was in so muc ...more
Victoria Poerll
Oct 05, 2007 Victoria Poerll rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a preteen suburban girl
How this author got a book deal is possibly the best set-up for a crappy book that I've heard so far. She won a contest to tell her story that was voted on by the public. Guaranteed to be a best seller, yes, but does it have any content?

The story isn't particularly poorly written, but it does read like a long, extended livejournal entry. But by her telling the story of her life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, how she stepped on a land mine and went to Germany to get treated, and the problems
Rajeshree Vejasegaran
The Other Side on The Sky , a memoir by Farah Ahmedi is an inspiring story of an Afghan girl who had suffered disability when she stepped on the land mine. Unfortunately,she also had lost her family and homeland due to war in Kabul. Farah is a woman who has so much self-will planted in her and indeed a remarkable individual. Despite being a victim to cruel circumstances of fate, she never gives up and thrive to survive the painful experience and also takes care of her mum.

"With a life like mi
Farah Ahmedi, a seven year old living in Kabul Afghanistan, was late to school one day, took a short cut, and stepped on a land mine. Her life would forever change. Her childhood ripped short, Farah begins a journey that will take her beyond the borders of her country and back then leaving her home forever; stretch her in ways she could never imagine physically, mentally, and emotionally; and teach her to rely on the strength of family, tradition, the generosity of strangers, and her hope in God ...more
Stephanie Winchester
The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky is a story written by Farah Ahmedi with Tamim Ansary. This book is based on the true story of Farah, a girl who was born in Afghanistan during a time of war. At seven years old, Farah steps on a landslide and is taken to the hospital where she encounters German doctors who fly her to Germany to help her recover. She had to go alone and at such a young age this required a tremendous amount of bravery. At the age of 12, Farah has to ...more
A story of resilience.

Farah Ahmedi relates her experience growing up in Afghanistan, the loss of her leg to a land mine, the loss of her father and several of her siblings to bombing, the struggles of her and her mother to survive, without male relatives, in Taliban controlled Afghan, and her life in America as a refuge. This “memoir” ends while Ahmedi is still only about 18 or 19. Her story is told in a simple and straightforward style; as a result, this might be a good introduction for young
While the book is especially relevant to American teenagers, I would recommend this to any American. Ahmedi's achievements in overcoming her trials are an inspiration to anyone who reads them, and this true story is an eye-opener for any American interested in learning about cultures vastly different from our own. At the same time, one is impressed by the deep similarities that exist between all human beings--common traits and behaviors both bad and good--but above all with Farah's own courage a ...more
Rita Jillabi

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Rita Jillabi
Friday, February 6, 2015

A young girl, Farah Ahmedi, has lived to tell tale through the surviving and the terror that occurred in the terrible war. Farah lived most of her life in Afghanistan and in refugee camps of Pakistan. She was only fourteen when most her family was slaughtered and lost her leg. Alyce, one of her only American friends, told her to write a book about her achievements. However, the young protagonist did not kno
Yasmine Tajmouati
February 6 2015

“The Story of my Life”, is the autobiography of Farah Ahmedi. This novel recounts her life and how she was able to survive tragedies. In the beginning, Farah already spoke about her happy ending, which tells the reader that everything is going to be all right. “One time last summer, my new American friends, Alyce and John, took me to a carnival here in the suburbs of Chicago, where I live now with my mother” (Ahmedi 3). Previously, Farah ad her family, which included of 4 siblings
This book gives us a glimpse of what it is like to be a female in Afghanistan. After completing this book, I feel more gratitude for the freedom that I experience in America. This is a compelling story of hope, redemption, and promise.
Muatasem Faden
Today this remarkable woman, who makes a difference every single day, becomes a U.S. citizen. She says she is so grateful to have the freedom of choice in the country that has made such a difference to her
This was a very interesting book. I really appreciated seeing the world from Farah's point of view. I am planning to put this book on a teen nonfiction booklist, but also recommend it to adults.
Ca Shivani
"Very inspirational....a small girl fighting against all odds in life with her spirit to make it in this life...."
Ana Gamonal
Provided some good insight into the daily life of a non-political otherwise middle class like family in Afghanistan, and their ongoing daily struggles and life threatening risks. However, Ahmedi doesn't seem to mention any gratefulness to the US for letting her in with open arms...rather she speaks about her and her mother's entitlement to welfare and other govt aide w/o any mention of appreciation. She does show much appreciation for one American friend she makes, but again seems to miss the bi ...more
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Miranda Morley
Farah's life is certainly out of the ordinary, and it's eye opening to read her story of life in pre-Taliban/Taliban Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as her experiences as a medical patient in Germany and refugee in the United States. However, what I loved most about this book is the fact that it's clearly in her own voice. She is a self-proclaimed novice to English writing, but I loved how she relied on her own voice to tell her authentic story. I'm glad that I'm able to pass this one on to an ...more
I really liked this book. Well written. Farah's story: As a young girl in wartorn Afghanistan, Farah only had a grade 2 education. The schools kept closing due to bombing. Then Farah stepped on a landmine, ended up in Germany for 2 years to heal and returned home having forgotten much of her native tongue. But this was not all she had to endure. Back in Afganistan she lost her sisters and dad to a bomb that blew up her house while she and her mom were shopping. With the Taliban in control now, w ...more
Farah Ahmedi's chronicles her journey from war to peace through the death of loved ones. Equal parts tragedy and hope, determination and daring, Ahmedi's memoir delivers a remarkably vivid portrait of her girlhood in Kabul, where the sound of gunfire and the sight of falling bombs shaped her life and stole her family. She herself barley escapes death when she steps on a land mine. Ahmedi proves that even in the worst circumstances, not only can the human heart endure, it can live on. The Other S ...more
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