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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.

Instead
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Hachette Book Group (first published November 1st 2012)
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Lydia 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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Diane
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
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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
Natasha
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
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Summer
Dec 06, 2013 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
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Matthew
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These days it seems like our world is a giant game of telephone. Any news story or online gossip you hear is hard to believe because it has been skewed so much since it left the source. It is refreshing and enlightening to hear a story straight from the source - especially on the topic of life in the Middle East which is always quickly demonized in America. By experiencing Malala's story, it gives a true face to the people of Pakistan who are mostly wanting peace and prosperity, not oppression a ...more
Ayesha
Jan 06, 2016 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
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Ali Khan
Sep 14, 2014 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
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L.J. Smith
Nov 07, 2013 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 CNN.com. 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
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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
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Cecily
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
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Supratim
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, favorites
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
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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
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Raghad
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
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C.G. Drews
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
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Riley
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.
Bionic Jean
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bionic 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
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Carmen
Jan 02, 2014 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
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Muhammad Syed
Oct 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Can not say
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Maria Espadinha
Sep 01, 2015 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
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Ginger
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, book-club
I'm not sure how to do a review for this book, but here goes!
The context and information was more in depth then I was expecting and I loved I Am Malala.

While reading this, I realized that being an American woman is such a privilege.
I've never had to struggle and survive for education, not having the right to vote or even walk alone into a store to shop. I've always had freedom, free speech and democracy for the things that I take for granted.

After reading this book, I've realized getting first
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Elyse
Nov 09, 2014 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
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Joey
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiographies
“I don't want to be thought of as the "girl who was shot by the Taliban" but the "girl who fought for education." This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”
― Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

The day Malala was in the news headlines catching the attention of the world , I remembered myself back on my younger years when I was still so idealistic, wanted to make a big difference by helping survive the dying Mother Earth and ed
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب هیچ نکته و حتی داستان و سرگذشت خاص و ویژه ای ندارد... زندگینامهٔ دختری نوزده ساله و پاکستانی به نامِ «ملاله یوسف زی» که توسط طالبان ترور شده بود و با آنکه گلوله به صورتش برخورد کرده بود، زنده ماند
نوشته هایِ کتاب بدون تردید به قلم این دختر نوجوان نمیباشد.. چراکه من چندین بار صحبتهای این دختر را شنیده ام، او حتی سخن گفتن عادی را نیز به سختی انجام میدهد، هیچ از مسائل ادبی و نویسندگی و حتی نقد نمیداند، چه برسد به آنکه کتاب و زندگینامه بنویسد... دلیل ترورش را هم اینگونه گفته
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Sasha
Aug 01, 2013 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
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فاتن
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
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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
Vikas Lather
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Inge
What an incredible, inspiring woman.
Jamise // Spines & Vines
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
Maede
ملاله دختری که در مورد محدودیت تحصیل مصاحبه کرد، توسط طالبان مورد سوء قصد قرار گرفت. در سازمان ملل صحبت کرد. جایزه صلح نوبل گرفت. این کتاب پرفروش رو چاپ کرد

اما بیاید کمی واضح تر نگاه کنیم. ورای این تصویرکه به ما داده شده

از لحظه ای که این کتاب رو شروع کردم چیزی در موردش اذیتم می کرد. دقیقا نمی دونستم که مشکل کجاست چون واقعاً "می خواستم" که این کتاب رو دوست داشته باشم. می خواستم ملاله از انسان های مهم و تاثیرگذاری باشه که در موردشون خوندم. این حس من رو به ریویو های گودریدز و مقاله های موجود در این
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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has since grown into an international movement.
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