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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  17,087 ratings  ·  2,469 reviews
“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 8th 2009)
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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.
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…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)

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Petra Eggs
Jan 10 2016 Update This is so sad. The royalties from this book didn't go to Nujood but to her father, who used them to purchase two new wives. He also sold Nujood's younger sister to a much older man. Nujood is still in receipt of alimony though - $30 a month. When he pays. Women are just commodities to be fucked, bred from and used as drudges. As Nujood's father said in court, "Women are just a curse" so why not use them for what value you can get?

Nujood's real name is Nujoom. She changed it
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
May 15, 2012 added it
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I can not rate this book or comment on it, since I think it's purpose is to raise awareness. It's not a book for fun or entertainment and I dont recommend it to you if that's what you seek. It's a book that made me feel so awful, and I can only imagine what Nyjood has been through. It is a real story, with facts, which actually makes it a lot more horrible.
I just looked at the cover and the pictures and thought that she looks so little and beautiful. What kind of monster could do this to her? Th
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
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apa yang kamu inginkan?” Tanya seorang hakim
”Saya ingin bercerai” Jawan Nujood dengan tegas

Shafa Arawinda, seorang gadis berusia 10 tahun. Duduk di kelas V SD. Selain sekolah dan les, ia menghabiskan waktunya bermain dengan teman-teman. Ia juga menggemari coklat. Hari-hari dihabiskan dengan kecerian dan kegembiraan khas anak-anak.

Nujood Ali lahir di Yaman tahun 1998. Ia bukan siapa-siapa, hanya seorang anak perempuan yang memiliki orang tua dan banyak saudara. Ia juga sering bermain dan menggema
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
چه روایت جذابی... نتونستم کنار بذارمش تا تمام شد...
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
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
Amr Mohamed
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amr by: ESRAA MOHAMED
إذا رأي أي شخص تلك الصورة سيتخيل انها لطفلة متصورة مع والدتها فى مدرستها أو ان ضحكة تلك الطفلة البريئة لاستمتاعها بنزهة مع عائلتها ولو قلنا له لا هذه طفلة تمر بماسأة أقصي خيال سيقول انها من الممكن أن أحد اقربائها أو والدها توفي أو انها طفلة يتيمة أو تعاني الفقر

ولكن أن تكون هذه صورة لطفلة اسمها نجود فى العاشرة مع المحامية لطلب الطلاق من زوجها الذي تزوجها عذبها واغتصبها وهي فى العاشرة ، هذا لا نتخيله ولكنه واقعنا للأسف

على ما أصابتني بدايتها بحزن وحالة تريد أن تلعن فيها كل من أذي تلك الطفلة ولكن نج
إلهام مزيود
لا تقتلوا البراءة..!
"أنا نجود ابنة العاشرة ومطلقة" عنوان مرعب لقصة تحمل بين صفحاتها الأسى الذي يقصم ظهر إنسان راشد، فكيف بطفلة لم تتجاوز العشر سنوات؟
كنت قد بحثت طويلا عن الكتاب منذ سنتين، وحين يئست قررت مشاهدة الفيلم المتوفر، لكنني توقفت عند الدقائق الأولى، حين نظرت نجود بثقة في عيني القاضي قائلة: أريد الطلاق!
أحسست بالقشعريرة تسري في كامل جسدي، ابنة العشرة سنوات تطلب الطلاق؟ ضغطت على زر إيقاف التشغيل وأقفلت بلا وعي حاسوبي، وكأني أهرب من مواجهة قصة ابنة العشر سنوات من جهة ولأني أعرف أن الأفلام
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
Mina kh
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بیشتر شبیه یه گزارش بود تا کتاب. مثلا "هزار خورشید تابان" خالد حسینی یه داستان و روایت کامل بود ولی "نجود" مستقیم به اصل ماجرا پرداخته بود.
با اینکه در کشور خودمون ازدواج کودکان رو داریم ولی بازم تکان دهنده بود.
امیدوارم یه روزی بیاد که ظلمی به زنان نشه.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
تتحدث الروايه عن أشهر طفلة في العالم العربي، اليمنية نجود أحمد علي، التي حصلت على الطلاق من زوجها وعمرها 10 سنوات
فتاة اليمن السعيد ومثيلاتها كثيرات على امتداد أوطاننا السعيدة ـ مسروقة من على مقعد الدراسة، ومن كراسة الرسم ولعبة الغميضة، ومسلسلات توم وجيري، ومساقة إلى سرير الزوجية، لتطاردها كل مساء اغتصابات زوج ثلاثيني، وكوابيس ملونة بالدم النازف من عذرية الطفولة،
الطفله اللتي كان من المفترض أن تظل طفلة، لكنها بحكم الأهل والفقر باتت عروساً فامرأة، وبأمر المحكمة أصبحت مطلقة في قضية ملأت الدنيا وشغلت
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
Maria Espadinha
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cadê a Lupa

Histórias assim têm um poder transformador. Após a sua leitura, sentimos os nossos problemas do dia à dia a encolher...encolher...mirrar...mirrar...
Cadê a lupa?!...
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
Vicky Ziliaskopoulou
Δεν είναι εύκολο να βαθμολογήσεις τη ζωή κάποιου άλλου, πόσο μάλλον μιας δεκάχρονης, οπότε θα βάλω 5 αστέρια .
Πιστεύω ότι θα μου άρεσε περισσότερο αν το είχα διαβάσει έφηβη ή πολύ νεότερη τέλος πάντων, τώρα γνωρίζω ότι αυτά που περιγράφει (και άλλα χειρότερα) συμβαίνουν.
ليلى المطوع

قاتلكم الله يامن تحبون اغتصاب الاطفال تحت ستار الدين

كانت رائعة جدا ... وبريئة للغاية

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Hunter Sara Wilde
فقط یه فصل از کتاب لازم بود تا من از درون شعله ور بشم و کل کتاب رو در عرض ۳ یا ۴ ساعت بخونم
دختری که نه ساله اس...چه میفهمه ازدواج چیه؟؟ زن چیه؟؟؟ شوهر چیه!!!! چه میفهمه با این کار سند بدبختی خودشو امضا میکنه
واقعا متاسفم که با یه عده آدم حیوان صفت اسممون رو گذاشتیم مسلمون...یه مشت آدم خرفت نفهم نشستن فکر میکنن دنیا دست ایناست هر چی اینا بگن باید همون بشه و زنا هم که غلط میکنن..
باید مطیع باشن و بشن نوکر شوهرشون...بعد هم که به بهانه بزرگتر کردن خانواده چند تا زن میگیرن زنشون باید سرشو خم کنه بگه چش
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Mona M. Kayed
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

كتاب صادم بشكل مفجع .. نجود و غيرها من الحالات تعتبر إفرازاً طبيعياً للجهل المتفشي في المجتمعات العربية .. المشكلة لا تكمن في الجهل بحد ذاته ، و إنما في أولئك الذين يرتكبون حماقاتهم باسم الدين .. في هذا الكتاب مثلاً كانت حجة والد الطفلة بأن الرسول عليه السلام تزوج من السيدة عائشة و هي ابنة تسع سنين ، في حين أنه يتناسى مثلاً بأن الصحابي أسامة بن زيد قاد جيش المسلمين و هو لا يتجاوز الخمسة عشر عاماً .. المجتمع الآن لا يطالب الشباب بقيادة الجيوش في عمر المراهقة و لكنه ما زال يطالب الطفلات بالزواج
Maha. ALyazedi
في اليمن
منذ أن كنت في الابتدائية و أغلب صديقاتي و زميلاتي كن مخطوبات
و في الاعدادية يأتين ببطاقات الزفاف لدعوتي أنا و البنات لحفل الزفاف
و في الثانوية نجد أنفسنا خالات
فصديقاتنا أصبحن أمهات
و بالطبع لا ننسى المثل اليمني
زوج بنتك ثمان و علي الضمان
و المثل الآخر
دلع الولد و لا تدل البنت
الأمثال طويله في هذا السياق و القصص و مرارتها أطول

Zahra Amj
" نجود در خانواده ای بسیار فقیر زندگی میکند . پدر که از پس مخارج فرزندان خود بر نمی آید ، تصمیم میگیرد دختر نه ساله اش را به عقد مردی بسیار بزرگتر از خودش در آورد . نجود با تمام رویاهای کودکانه ای که در سر می پروراند ، مجبور به ازدواج میشود . این داستان واقعی است و میتواند الهام بخش تمام زنانی باشد که حتی برای به دست آوردن کوچکترین حقوقشان هم مجبور به مبارزه هستند. "
--- متن پشت جلد کتاب ---
نجود تنها یکی از هزاران زن فقیری است که مجبورند از تمام رویاهایی که در سر دارند ، بگذرند و با همه آرزوهایشا
لم تكن تعلم وهي ابنة العاشرة أن محاولتها للهرب من الفخ الذي وقعت فيه وانقاذ حياتها من براثن المسخ زوجها بكلمة أريد الطلاق أنها سوف تُغير العالم وتفتح الأبواب لنساء عالمها ليحاولن ويصرخن بدورهن دفاعا عن حياتهن ...
ما هي الحياة والتقاليد التي تجعل طفلة من في سنها يحلم بعرائس باربي والشيكولاتة أن تعرف ماهو الزواج أو الطلاق ؟؟
الفقر وسوق الجواري المخدرات والشرف ...
الشرف ؟؟ لكل من يريد المبرر والهروب من جريمة تستحق الاعدام شنقا في ميدان عام كل ما عليه هو الصاق الشرف والدين في فعلته الحمقاء وسيجد الأغب
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
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
نجود دختری یمنی است که وقتی نه ویا ده سال سن داشت. براساس قرار دادی که پدرش با مردی سی و چند ساله می بندد، دخترک به همسری این مرد در می آید.
این کتاب به شرح این ماجرای حقیقی و شجاعت نجود برای طلاق و مقابله با تابو ها و سنت های سرزمینش می باشد.
دختری که در ده سالگی زنی طلاق گرفته می باشد و در کلاس دوم کنار سایر بچه ها به امید زندگی بهتر شروع به درس خواندن دوباره می کند.
به دنبال مصاحبه ی رسانه ها با وکیل نجود و انعکاس آن در اخبار دخترک توانست که از ازدواج اجباری خلاصی یابد. اما صد ها دختر و زن وجود
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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
“Nujood's rebellion, honorable in our eyes, is moreover considered by conservatives as an outrageous affront, punishable, according to extremist, by a murderous "honor crime.".” 10 likes
“Marriage was invented to make girls miserable. I will never get married again, not ever again.” 4 likes
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