Throughout this book, I had to keep reminding myself that the events and characters in it are all real, and not some work of fiction.
Nujood, a ten year old girl from Yemen, has her life torn apart when her family marry her off and send her to a remote village to live with her in-laws, despite the legal age to marry of 15. I found myself hooked on this tale as she struggles against sexual abuse from her husband and tries to find the courage to help herself. Her vain hopes of help from her family are dashed, as she realizes that her father will do anything to protect his honor. In desperation, she quickly finds out the only way out of her own living nightmare is to file for a divorce.
This heroine's story moved me almost to tears as she describes the horrors that no one, especially at her tender age, should ever have to go through. For both me and my mother, it served as a sharp reminder that although we live in comfort with equal rights, tragically in other parts of the world things are completely different. It will make you aware of the divide between cultures, that allow such shocking events to happen. A heartbreaking but enlightening read, I totally recommend it.