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The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,940 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Farah Ahmedi recounts her heartbreaking journey from war-torn Kabul to America in her New York Times bestselling inspirational memoir.

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, whe
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published April 1st 2005)
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Joy Davenport yes. the war / Afghanistan parts are factually told. the story of overcoming such fear and hardship is completely appropriate for high school kids, an…moreyes. the war / Afghanistan parts are factually told. the story of overcoming such fear and hardship is completely appropriate for high school kids, and the recent history of events with Afghan people, especially women, is important for their understanding of current events. (less)

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May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yal
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.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Farah's story is both harrowing - in all that she has been through, all she has suffered and lost - and inspiring - in how she persevered and despite all the hardships and obstacles in her way found a way to forge a new life for her mother and herself. Especially in today's climate of demonizing refugees, this should be required reading in schools.
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Naomi R
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about an Islamic Afghan girl called Farah Ahmedi. The first part of the book is about her younger days in Afghanistan then specifically her 2 years in Germany. After that it talks about her short return home and moving to a near by country. The entire book was written in Farah's point of view. This story is enticing and will keep you at the verge of tears the whole time.
When Farah was 7 she was running late to school so she foolishly decided to go on a shortcut that would take her
Victoria Poerll
Oct 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Sandy Watson
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
G Stephen
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I got Farad's audio book because we have been working in relief and development in Afganistan since 1984. It is a well narrated book, an uplifting account the suffering of a child and of people who come into our lives and believe in us, love us and walk with us through the difficulties of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan and in America.

Farad, a young, Hazara girl, has lived an unbelievable life before reaching the age of 15. Her story is a first hand picture of the devastation of a beautiful count
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 lik
Max Ostrovsky
A story that, unfortunately, is becoming more and more familiar. It's a story of an injured girl who becomes a refugee and how she adjusts to a completely different society.
Too often, and too easily, people are willing to divide human beings as being on one side or another, forgetting that we're all human beings. Sure, some have different view points, but ultimately, what individual doesn't? We're all unique, yet we are all part of what humanity is.

If this book can do anything for its mostly y
Lauren Brown
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every single person in there world should have to read this book! At birth we should be handed this book so when we can read our mind will be filled with a story of bravery, courage, determination and haedship. This book allowed me to glimpse into a life I could not imagine. It goes to show how ignorant some people are but this woman's words show the love other people have. This book (not to be cliché) changed my thought process. Love it everyone needs this book, more now than ever.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is lovely. It's the story of a girl with a lot of bad luck, but even more grit and tenacity. She's inspirational. The time line gets a bit tangled now and again but this was a very engaging read. Impressive for such a young thing.

Her mother's impressions of America were particularly eye opening.
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
Oct 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Very inspirational....a small girl fighting against all odds in life with her spirit to make it in this life...."
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and very inspiring! A story of resilience.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best non-fiction I have ever read. I really felt sad for Farah. She had a very sad story, but her life was getting better and better. I would say it was a success story.
Rita Jillabi

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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 kn
Stories of self-proclaimed nobility and fulfilling destinies are manipulated and twisted into some of the most popular fiction thrillers today. However, in the action-packed, fervent pages, it lacks sincerity and raw, real-life experiences that exert emotion that can be linked to the present world.

Among these tales of scattered coincidence, “The Other Side of the Sky” by Farah Ahmedi takes on the role of a memoir. The book itself is a recollection of personal, life-impacting memories. This give
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
Särah Nour
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all have our war epics—Gone With the Wind, War and Peace, Dr. Zhivago—that serve to entertain and educate us about a particular time in history. However, sometimes the value of a war epic is not in its ability to entertain or its historical accuracy. Although a mere 256 pages compared to Gone With the Wind’s 1,000-plus, The Story of my Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky is a deeply moving firsthand account of growing up in war-torn Afghanistan, powerfully told by Farah Ahmedi, ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Story of my Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky is a very emotional and compelling book. This book is definitely one of my favorite books I have read throughout the course of the semester and provided me with a new perspective on issues brought up in this book. As a future teacher, I found this book to be very relevant because with the increase of diverse students that will be in my future classrooms, it's essential to be aware of the struggles that ELL students face when adapt ...more
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