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

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

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published November 1st 2012)
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Lydia Atkins Personally: no. However, I could see why some people might. There are some chapters at the start that go into Pakistani history in a lot of detail. I…morePersonally: no. However, I could see why some people might. There are some chapters at the start that go into Pakistani history in a lot of detail. I found it very interesting but if you're not into international politics/history you might find the first section a bit slow.(less)
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Reading this book reminded me of how much I take for granted every day: Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The freedom to go to the store without needing a male escort. And the ability to get an education, regardless of gender.

"I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children."

Malala, who is now 16, is an outspoken advocate for girls to have the same r
Tanya Tyson
Just to be clear, the rating is for the book not the person Malala herself. I read this quickly whilst on holidays and was keen to find out more about her story after seeing a short tv piece just before leaving home. I think her story is amazing and her courage remarkable, her plight and vision inspiring but the book itself I found to be an odd mix of political and historical fact and personal reflections that didn't quite gel for me. Still a worthy read and I really appreciated the insight into ...more
Being a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to state out what is wrong with her country and strive for education to be available for all.

Coming from a country where education is a main priority and females over populated the men in schools,colleges and universities, I was indeed aghast to discovered that in certain parts of the world, women are being treated as second class citizens. It brought a tear to my eyes, how Malala and her
Dec 06, 2013 Summer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, war
I really wanted to love this book. I don't think anyone can deny the difficulties this girl has faced or the impact she has had on the world. However, the book reads like an odd jumble of Pakistani history, politics, and personal experience that never quite comes together into a cohesive narrative. The first few chapters are very inconsistent and meander all over the place with no clear destination; it sounds more like a collection of memories or family stories interspersed with factual informat ...more
Limau Nipis
I could not be bothered with negative comments. So, get on with your life. Just ignore the review if you think I write negatively.

I don't want to raise some sentiments here, so if your comments got deleted, like I wrote earlier, get on with your life.

Edited to include what I have wrote earlier in my comments on 4 December '13:

I do feel that this autobiography should have waited for a few years for Malala to have a much more distinctive voice.

Unfortunately, this was muted by the co author.

2.5 sta
❁ بــدريــه ❁
أنا ملالا .. تغير عالمي و لم أتغير

هذه قصة كفاح ونضال تستحق أن تكون ملهمة لملايين
من يفعل ؟ الذي فعلتها ملالا

ملالا ، باكستانية في طريقها للمدرسة تعرضت للطلق نار في وجهها
و نجت من الموت بأعجوبة تحكيها بتفاصيل مؤلمة بالفصول الاخيرة
بدأت رحلتها في الدعوة لتعليم الفتيات في سن الحادية عشرة
من خلال تقديم مقابلات تلفزيونية في باكستان عن هذا الموضوع
ثم في عام 2009 بدأت في كتابة مدونة على موقع هيئة الإذاعة البريطانية
الناطق باللغة الأوردية تحت اسم مستعار. وسريعا أصبحت شهيرة في باكستان
.ما جعلها هدفا ل
Jan 06, 2016 Ayesha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

EDIT: 6/9/2016
---The people who are bashing me, Kindly take a look at the quotes or in the comment section. After some of the gif-y juvenile opinions, the discussion is rather educating.

Dearest Malaala,

---Why did you write an emotionally manipulative story specifically directed at international readers and compelling them to feel sorry about a nation using the lethal weapon of exaggeration and one sided execution of truth.I always thought why Malaala and not someone else as everything about you
L.J. Smith
Nov 07, 2013 L.J. Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I absolutely loved this book. I have been following this story ever since Malala Yousafzai was shot and articles about her began to appear on I was always captivated by the way Malala spoke in interviews before she was attacked: I simply loved the sound of her voice and the sight of her face, which seemed to shine with her spirit. She might not think she is beautiful, but to me she is stunning. I adore the bright colors she wears and the liquid wonder of her eyes.

It was difficult to rea
This is a powerful story about a child, but with topical, global relevance.

The media is full of alarming reports of extremists of all religions, across the globe. Finding perspective can be hard, especially for non-believers, and it’s important to balance valid criticism and condemnation with avoiding the suggestion that all followers of a faith are mad, bad, or dangerous to know.

So it’s good to read a positive portrayal not just of a religious person, but a Muslim one. The fact she is young, fe
Aasem Bakhshi
I would ask all those Pakistanis who are making the book controversial through over-sensationalized and misplaced critiques:

1. Please remove the lenses of bigotry and prejudice and read the book in a casual way. Its not a great book so comparisons with Anne Frank's diary are perhaps out of proportion. However, I would hate to speculate that it might be considered a great classic if Pakistan continues on its usual disastrous course and experience a people's tragedy comparable to holocaust. This
Raghad Frehat
انها ملالا....ملالا الفتاة التي ناضلت من اجل حق التعليم
ملالا الفتاة التي لا تعرف المستحيل,ولا تخاف من اي شيئ سوى الله .
ملالا الفتاة الشجاعة التي لم تخاف حتى من طالبان دافعت عن حقها كفتاة
ملالا الفتاة التي وقفت في وجه اعداء العلم والدين الذين يريدوننا ان نعود الى العصر الحجري
ملالا الفتاة التي تعرضت الى محاولة قتل اثناء ذهابها الى المدرسة . ولكن الله كتب لها عمر جديد.ولم تنتهي حياتها بالرصاصة
رائعة هي قصة ملالا ,تعلمنا ملالا الصبر وقوة العزمية وعدم اليأس

ففي الفصل الاول تحكي ملالا يوسفزاي الحياة
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

Malala is one of my idols and i've had my eye on this book for a very long time. I listened to this on audio, and the prologue of this is read by Malala herself. I cried three times just in that first half hour listening to her talk about her story.
For the first third of this book, I was convinced that I would be giving it five stars. I love what Malala stands for and I think we got such a vibrant description of her life and I loved that we got to know sort of "a day in the life of Mal
Ali Khan
Sep 14, 2014 Ali Khan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being resident of the area, Valley of Swat, where she lived (basically she is from the adjoining District Shangla whence her father came to Swat and established private school), I find the authenticity of the most of events described and actions claimed hard to believe (as do almost all the residents).
First there is the question of Local Talibans forcing girls from going to schools. That is not true. I was, as everyone else, a regular listener of the Taliban's daily half an hour or so long FM ra
Malala is such an inspiration to me. Going into this book I already knew quite a bit about her but I loved hearing her first hand experiences. I also enjoyed learning more about this history and politics in Pakistan. I can see how this part might be boring to people, but being the history buff that I am I loved it.
Jan 02, 2014 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book was better than I thought it would be. To be honest, teenagers aren't usually good writers. I read Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board and wasn't very impressed, even though I think what happened to Bethany Hamilton was interesting.

Same thing here. Was this just going to be a case of "important/interesting subject matter, crappy writing?" I didn't know. I went into this rather hesitantly, with low expectations.

However, I was pleasantly sur
Jan 27, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jean by: Tracey
A few days prior to her 18th birthday, Malala Yousafzai has returned to Oslo, to attend the Oslo Education Summit, insisting that all children worldwide have a right to education. Her defiant slogan claims, "Books not Bullets!"

Malala claims, "I measure the world in hope, not doubt" and "Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism". Last year in Oslo, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with another child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi. They were honoured "for their stru
Oct 10, 2014 Heba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
حينما فرغت من قراءة هذه الروايه الرائعه..وقعت عيناىّ على صورة جمعت ملالا بوالدها على غلاف الكتاب
وأدركت حينئذٍ من نظرتها المُحبه لوالدها..قدرالحب والاحترام والعرفان بفضل والدها عليها ولكى يكون هناك فتاه تدعى "ملالا"..تلك الفتاه القويه ..الشجاعه ..طيبة القلب ..وخفيفة الظل
لا ينطوى قلبها الا على رغبه صادقه لمساعدة الاخرين ..لم يكن نيل الجوائز والشهره غايتها ..بل تريد ان تكون فى عون الناس وترسم ابتسامه على وجه كل انسان..لا تريد ان يراها احد على انها الفتاه التى اطلق"الطالبان " عليها النار بل الفتاه
Muhammad Syed
Oct 12, 2013 Muhammad Syed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can not say
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Jan 07, 2016 Supratim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, memoir
I was caught in a dilemma as to what rating should I give this book. I vacillated between 4 and 5 but the message contained in the book made me give it a 5 star rating.

Needless to say this book chronicles the dreams, hardships and dangers faced by Malala - but it is much more than that - it also chronicles the hardships and dangers faced by the people of Swat and the people of entire Pakistan as well as.

The book begins about the day when the Talibans shot Malala and then goes on a flashback. We
Cait (Paper Fury)
So I knew of Malala before this...but I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HER REALLY. And I was so curious! So I thought I'd just eat the book up and for once actually understand why everyone praises and loves Malala. And I totally get it now: gawsh, this girl is INSPIRING. (And sort of intimidating??? She's like 17 and has won countless prizes and is a public speaker and politician and survived a shooting and woowowowowow. I feel like a potato.)

I always find it really hard to review memoirs because...I don't
Nov 09, 2014 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unless you've been living in a cave the past couple of years-- the name Malala Yousafzsi -- rings a bell with you.... The young heroine who first survived under chilling conditions - taken over by Taliban extremists... and how her entire family stayed afloat.

Malala is a stand for education. A stand for women and especially female children getting an education. Sincerely passionate about educational injustice --- taking a shot in the head for it----she became the youngest person ever to be nomin
Maria Espadinha
Sep 01, 2015 Maria Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malala e o Poder das Palavras

Malala tinha apenas 10 anos quando os talibãs invadiram o Vale do Swat no Paquistão, terra onde vivia.
Com a ocupação talibã as raparigas fôram proibidas de frequentar as escolas.
Mas Malala não permite que sejam os talibãs a ditar-lhe o Futuro.
O seu Sonho é ser médica e pretende lutar por ele.
Cria um blogue onde informa o resto do Mundo sobre as medidas repressivas impostas ao seu país pelos talibãs e reconquista o regresso à escola. E a sua luta não acaba aí. Mala
Aug 01, 2013 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. When she was 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 Yor
Vikas Lather
Malala is the symbol of enlightenment in modern age. It is very strange to have an inspiration younger than I'm :)
I feel extreme shame for fanatic regimes for banning this book. It is very sad that homicidal and illiterate people continue to dictate what adult minds should write,read and speak
What an incredible, inspiring woman.
I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I felt like I was in an agonizing history class that would never end. With over 50% dedicated to the history of Pakistan, government structure, and the Taliban, I was well irritated with not having more focus on Malala. I do understand that the background was needed, I just felt that could have been done in less time. I enjoyed the last 75 pages as more details were given on Malala's shooting, recovery and strength. I love her passion and courage ...more
3.5 stars

Malala Yousafzai inspires me so much. Her human rights advocacy for education and for women has transformed into an international movement; her courage to keep fighting after getting shot exemplifies her heroism. Her voice has reached so many and has influenced history. She has impacted the world by speaking out, and she writes about her father's support as well, adding back story to her honest desire to make a difference in the realm of Pakistani politics and female education.

Saying al
من العار أن أقلل من معاناة الآخرين
لكن بالعقل كيف أجمع بين حقيقتين

طفلة تكتب في مدونات، صارت بطلة لأن طالبان حاولت قتلها

وجموع أطفال تحصدهم طيارات الأمريكان هناك في باكستان وأفغانستان حصدا، ولم يلتفت لهم أحدا
هذا من ناحية عامة
ومن جهة المضمون، فالكتاب ممل جدا في تفاصيله، وأكثر إملالا في بيان وجهات نظر ملالا من ناحية السياسة

الجيد والشيء الوحيد الذي استفدته هو الوصف للحالة الاجتماعية والطبيعية لوادي سوات
واد جميل لولا تقلبات الدهر
Liz Janet
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I have wanted to review this book about the life of this beautiful person for a while, and due to the circumstances Muslims (particularly women, considering my parents told me to remove my headscarf until things calmed down) are facing right now after the terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Somalia, and many others, this seems like the perfect time to include a person that represent a side of Islam that i
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
This book is very difficult to review. For one, it’s a memoir. How do you criticize a person’s life? And when that person is Malala who is such an inspiring and strong young woman it seems like even more of an impossible feat. So when I say that I didn’t love the book, it by no means is a judgement of the main character or her family. What didn’t work for me was the way the book was written. It was very heavy on the political side but I didn’t really mind that since I enjoy learning about differ ...more
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Malala Yousafzai is a 16 years student from Swat, Pakistan. She is studying in 8th class. She wrote a diary for BBC in early 2009 with a different name "Gul Makai", she wrote about the critical situation in Swat at that time. She later on became famous and worked for children rights in Swat, Pakistan.

She was nominated for a children award by an international organization in 2011. She appeared on
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