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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

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“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.”
Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband's han
Paperback, 188 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Crown Publishing Group / Three Rivers Press (first published October 1st 2009)
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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 y…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)
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.…moreNujood changed her name to Nujoom which means "the stars in the sky"; her former name means "hidden one"; so this is empowering her.(less)

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Petra eXpects nothing & so won't be disappointed
Feb 2020 update In 2013 Ali reported to the media that her father had forced her out of their home, and has withheld most of the money ($1,000 per month) paid by the publishers. Her father has also sold her younger sister, Haifa into marriage to a much older man. He used the money earmarked for Ali's education to buy two new wives for himself. As Nujood's father said in court, "Women are just a curse" so why not use them for what value you can get?

Nujoom is now about 22 and was married at 15 an
As you can tell from the title, this book focuses on a very disturbing topic - child abuse. Unfortunately, the forced marriage of young girls to older men is an all too common occurrence in many areas of the world. Nujood is only one such victim. This book tells her story.

Essentially sold by her deadbeat father to a man more than three times her age, Nujood's childhood comes to an abrupt end. At ten years old, she is repeatedly beaten and raped by her new husband. She is also moved to a remote v
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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An extremely sad story. How can people not understand that women are half of population and everyone, male or female or whatever, gets born from women... So it's in everyone's best interest to have women literate and strong and happy and, most of all, free... Is this such a difficult concept to understand?
This is child abuse at its rawest. I do kind of hope that Nujood and her sisters and other women in trouble due to some societies' extreme prejudice get forward in their lives, get well, get e
Amy Sheridan
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mariah Roze
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has been on my To-Read forever, so I'm really glad I finally got to read it. I highly suggest this book to everyone! Childhood marriage and rape is something that needs to be addressed way more often. Also, the lack of laws that are created and enforced to prevent this from happening. This is a must read for everyone and it's super short, so I HIGHLY suggest it!

"Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Despite the subject matter, I really liked this book. As the title suggests, Nujood is a 10 year old girl who was married off to a man three times her age. She experienced abuse that no one should, let alone such a young child. Unfortunately her case is not uncommon and reading about the treatment suffered by many Yemeni women just infuriated me! Finally Nujood mustered the courage to travel to court and demand a divorce, which was granted after much publicity. She is a very brave and resilient ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This story was seriously heart-breaking. It shows what can happen in a community or people group that doesn't have the light of God in any capacity. People behave like animals and treat each other as such. The only true hope for the girl in this story and others in this community is found in Jesus.

The author was born into a poor Muslim family in Yemen. They struggled for their daily food. One of her older siblings ran away to Saudi Arabia. Another married a man whilst still in her teens. This ma
Vivian Valvano
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Amal Bedhyefi
I'm both sad and ashamed to give this book only 2 stars .
Don't get me wrong , I've watched the documentary and after reading the book , i can only feel sad and heartbroken for what a young 10 years old girl had to go through !
Her journey is both compelling and inspiring however my rating has nothing to do with her survival story.
I hated how i had to read from the journalist's perspective , as if Noujoud had no opinions or feelings to share , because if she stood up to her husband and family , an
The "I really like it" 4 star rating is for the story, not the writing. The latter one is bland, the former quite uplifting and hopeful. Unfortunately, you don't really do justice to the story of the repeated rape of a 10 year old and her subjection to a deluded culture by writting "hopefully" about it. I believe in the power of cruel writing - where you make the reader so disgusted and scared by what is presented that he fears not only for other, but for himself. I believe writing should also b ...more
Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nujood's story is sad and heartbreaking. It's unbelievable to think that families still sell their young daughters into marriage in today's world. While I understand theirs is a totally different culture, I don't think that compassion and human decency should differ from one culture to another. Those who helped her were her angels, or she never would have escaped the abuse and torture. ...more
A girlfriend handed this book to me saying that even though she did not particularly care for this book, I might. She was right. I care every much. I have a special place in my heart for little women, having been one. That in itself may not have caught my attention. Nujood looks 95% like my niece did at that age. I had to read the book.
I am astounded by how ariculate Nujood was at 10 years old. Formal education is not the only route to becoming articulate. Nujood had to be articulate and succin
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
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
Dec 10, 2015 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.
Liza Fireman
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Nujood is a brave child. She was married to much older man when she was 9, and she decided to get herself out of there. She was married by her father, which makes things much tougher, and in a world that girls can be kidnapped, and are just one more mouth to feed. And with all of my respect for Nujood, and her brave story, this book is really badly written, and doesn't tell much of a story, except Nujood stepping into a court and demanding to find a judge to grant her a divorce.

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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
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
It's rather difficult to wrap my mind around a father agreeing for his ten year old daughter to marry.

Prior to her marriage, Nujood was a girl that enjoyed playing hide and seek and learning. Her world took a rapid turn for the worse when she was told she was to be married. She lived through a nightmare and was brave enough to take the risk to escape her husband and seek out a judge for help.

Nujood's story is a tragic one. Fortunately, she has led a path for change and bravery for other young br
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
I read the book during my train commute - it's rather short and feels like an overview of the situation. Which is fine, we don't need every horrible detail of this girl's experience, and I don't particularly relish reading about marital rape of a young girl. BUT. Yemen is full of girls like Nujood and I feel this book does not emphasize the point enough.

Yemen is a country with the highest numbers of teenage pregnancies. Girls as young as 11 are dying during childbirth every day. In fact, some o
Jennifer (aka EM)
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
“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
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Yemen, a country described by one of the authors as remote and picturesque, we meet Nujood Ali. She lives in abject poverty, in backward conditions, without running water, electricity or creature comforts. Yet, she is happy with her simple life. When a matter of honor brings shame upon her family and there is no money for food or rent, her father marries her off to a man 30 years her senior and her nightmare begins.
She is only ten years old. A promise is made to respect her and not consummate
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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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