Elyse’s review of I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Been wanting to read this one for a long time! Anxious to see your thoughts! Hope you're recovering well!

message 2: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Thanks Sarah, I have more to go -between tonight and part of tomorrow morning maybe I'll finish it

message 3: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters And thNk you Sarah! Sweet

message 4: by Ace (new)

Ace Varkey An amazing read. What a girl! How is Boo behaving?

message 5: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Hi Ace! Boo.. is happy resting & reading...
not happy if we try to get in the car-- walk around town on crutches.
Mostly good!
But... Paul has to have two more re-do's ---
surgeries for his right hand and his left arm. As soon as I'm walking again- in Paul goes for his
My cast comes off June 17th. Almost 2 months of not walking. Then I get a walking boot

You? Doing ok?

As for this book.. It needed some serious editing.

Drifting to sleep

message 6: by Ace (new)

Ace Varkey Poor Paul! I hope the surgeries won't be at the same time? So happy you will be divested of Boo come the 17th.
I think M did such a brave thing that I forgive her everything, if you know what I mean. And I know you know what I mean bc we are connected.
kisses and sleep well,

message 7: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Two more for Paul?...... Wow. You guys will be extra strong in the end :)) This I hope!

message 8: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Right hand first for Paul-- then his left arm. A friend from Washington- may come stay for a couple of weeks. I still won't be able to drive. - but my friend can-- so between my physical therapy appt. and his... we will have a little support. I'll be in a heavy boot type cast I'm told when this pink cast comes off. ( but it's removeable)

message 9: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne You guys put things in perspective for us able bodied souls.

message 10: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Guess it's our turn... lol. Hugs Suzanne!!!

message 11: by Alan (new)

Alan Malala has settled in my home city (Birmingham, UK) and goes to school across the raod from where I work. An inspiration, especially to my daughters.

message 12: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Alan, thanks for sharing that! What you are sharing...is the story many are wondering about. Malala moving forward after the magnitude of 'everything'. It's hard when any young person grows up in the public eye... (Child actors, politicians kids)... Shirley Temple Black managed to thrive during age transitions--- by her ongoing 'service' political contributions.... but she was the exception.
To be the youngest person to have won 'The Noble Peace Prize' is a giant pressure. It's terrific she is an inspiration for your daughters. I hope a Malala feels enough space in her life to pursue other interests besides worldly contributions - should she desire to. She will always be an inspiration-- I just hope she doesn't feel that she can never top her award or feel she 'has too'
I worry a little when a young person gets associated with their accomplishments- in life. ..... because we have witnessed many break at some point.
May Malala feel free herself...'everything she stands for'!

Thanks Alan... Your post inspired me! Wishing you and your daughters all great things!

message 13: by Alan (new)

Alan you're right about the pressure on her. I hope she can cope, too. I've not read the book, but her appearances here (she opened the new library) and a programme (local TV) indicate that she is...

message 14: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Sure sounds fantastic! She does seem exceptional - and with loving- careful
guidance - we may continue to be
inspired by this young woman for years and years.

message 15: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean I'm looking forward to reading this one next with RFP. Thanks for the review Elyse - I know what to expect now :)

message 16: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters I look forward to your review Jean

I've been thinking about this book -- reading others--- but as books stay with us... sometimes grow more later... sometimes we forget books we've read too....

But what I've been thinking ... I think the 'timing' of when a person reads this book might influence the readers thoughts. I think it did mine n

If I had read this 'before' she won the Noble Prize.., my reaction may have been even more blown away... ( not that I'm not very inspired by this young girl)...
but at this point... We already knew so much of the story...
That I've started shifting to her present life now...,
The world is going to be watching..
(Read Alan's comments in this thread)...
This is the story which I'm starting to want to know more about.

message 17: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean Yes, I had noticed that Alan reported she is now living in Birmingham! I hadn't even realised she was in this country now.

And thanks :)

message 18: by Cecily (last edited Jun 06, 2015 05:46AM) (new)

Cecily She's been in Birmingham (UK) ever since she was airlifted out of Pakistan. She had surgery there, and is now at school there. She wants to go back to Pakistan one day, but for now, the whole family are settled in Brum. She even opened their stunning new library.

message 19: by Bionic Jean (new)

Bionic Jean Thanks Cecily. That does ring a bell now :)

message 20: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters The library must be beautiful- modern- state-of the-art design....user friendly is what I imagine. Have you been inside. Cecily?

message 21: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Yes, I've been inside. I've even read a book in it! (It was my own; I always have one with me.)

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message 22: by Cecily (new)

Cecily For stunning pictures of the library itself (minus me): https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=bir...

message 23: by Alan (new)

Alan There's an unfortunate addendum to the library news: it is indeed an amazing building, but the Tory government has slashed grants to local councils, leading to a halving of opening hours and staff at the library. A main, central library for a big city (Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK) should be open well into the night and all weekend. This one is not open Sundays, opens at 11am, and closes early. One hopes this is only temporary.

message 24: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Cecily: OH MY GOD!!!!! I just couldn't stop looking at those photos!! That has got to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the world!!!!

I haven't been to your area since the 70's. This is a horrible tease!!!

and Alan... It's a shame what you write. That goes on here too! A shame here also.
We have some lovely libraries. But 'nothing' comes even half way close to the extraordinary library as these pictures.

Thanks for SHARING,

message 25: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Coming back, having read the book myself - and this is still a good review, though you're wear your heart more loudly on your sleeve than Malala does!

message 26: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters yeah...but you're going to be proud of me....lol --
guess what?

I just wrote a review --(I need to post it) -- and my heart can't be found...(sad face)....

It was a book I wanted to read -(new author to me) --
Russian female author -- Netgalley freebie.....
Not long... sounded interesting....
BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
I was 'trying' to come up with 'some' reason for this story --

The best I could do--- (which isn't in my review) -- is I went looking to find as much as I could about the author--
shhhhhhhhhhhh (I think she had problems with relationships in her own life) -- and I'm not so sure 'she' wears her heart on her sleeve often enough....
I'm bad.......... (but just my thoughts). Young --and young characters in their 30's --(sometimes the worse age group to read about)

Hugs my my very cool friend! I'll go read YOUR review! xoxo

message 27: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Awkward. Still, if you've managed to write a review, you must have overcome the difficulties.

(PS I'm so not cool, but thanks.)

message 28: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Hugs Cecily... at hospital -Paul had a minor accident .. Tree branch in his eye..
He is getting treated!
Always something!


message 29: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Oh no! Poor Paul. But a "branch" doesn't sound very "minor". I hope there's no lasting damage.

message 30: by William (new)

William Joseph Top of my reading list.

message 31: by José (new)

José I agree with you, I expect more from her in the future. I think she should take a bit of a break and actually study, then after graduating she should go back into being an activist full time.

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