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An incredible brave, intelligent and strong willed girl, hard to believe she is only 16, talks about her past in her home town of Swat Valley. An interesting read about how life is like in that part of Pakistan, life under Taliban rule, the endless corruption in all areas of their government and an incredible story about her father. Malala wouldn't be the girl she is today (minus the shooting) without the help of her father and she conveys this a lot in her book. She talks about the freedom of thought and expression he allowed Malala to have even though his first born was a daughter (a girl being born in a Pakistani family is sometimes looked at as 'unlucky' by others whereas when a son is born in to a family there is a big fanfare, congratulations and gifts). It was interesting to read, towards the latter of the book, about the shooting, the conditions of the hospital and the two Doctors from Birmingham who were 2 of many that helped save Malala's life.

It was a great read and certainly made me appreciate how easy we have it here when it comes to School's/College's and how we take that for granted. Its only when something is taken from you that you realise how much it means to you and this is what one of the things Malala talks about in her book. I finished this book within a couple of days. How life was in Pakistan under Taliban rule really gripped me that I couldn't put the book down.

I am glad that she has appeared on numerous talk shows in America and spreading the message of education for all boys and girls as their basic rights in countries, such as Pakistan. I fully recommend this book to young adults/teenagers and maybe they'll realise that they have something incredible in this country where they might not have had this privilege in a third world country to achieve their full potential.
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This book should be a 'must-read' for everyone! Not only is it a story of courage and inspiration as the first reviewer wrote, it also describes the richness of friendship in a family and among friends of the Yousafzai family. The book is well-written and interesting and I couldn't put it down! The background to events in the Swat Valley is valuable as are the descriptions of ordinary life in Mingora, if you can call it 'ordinary' with the threat of Talibanisation.

Another valuable point of the book is its insights into Islam as it is practised by a devout but not fundamentalist family and their emphasis on prayer. I have always found that prayer unites people of any creed and 'I am Malala' confirmed this opinion, (I write from a Christian perspective). I hope that faith and community uphold the family now in their new home and that they will continue to be ambassadors for Islam as a religion of peace - needed in our multi-cultural society today.

Thank you, Malala, for a wonderful courage and a witness that the pen and the word are far mightier than the sword.
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This is not only the incredible story of an amazing young woman but that of her whole family and what life was/is like under the Taliban. It is truly an inspirational account of their courage in standing up for their beliefs in the face of incredible strain and adversity.

Heart-wrenching, thought-provoking and moving, this is a book everyone should read.
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This is an autobiography that is written with a prestigious journalist, Christina Lamb, who has reported from Pakistan/Afghanistan for many years and knows the politics of the area well. The combination of Malala's experiences and Christina's historical knowledge combine to give a human account presented in context. The first few chapters set up the political background and Malala's family history - this is done clearly and gives plenty of information for those not familiar with the detail of the political turmoil in Pakistan.
Her narrative is written in the first person, recounting all the political and military events that she has experienced. The violence and social changes are written in great detail which does slip towards being purely journalistic towards the beginning of the book - I know that this girl is amazing but cannot possibility have remembered some of the events very early in her life to the level of detail that they are explained without the help of others. There are times when the co-author takes over too much so that we lose the emotions of Malala which are so key to the story and seem to flow out of the book at other times. The history lesson is important but an autobiography should be about the subject. Having said this, I understand the temptation as the Pakistan story is so dramatic and so key to Malala's life - maybe there was a better way to present the story by switching between first person and third person in a way of acknowedging the co-authors knowledge input.
As the book gets to about halfway, it becomes much more personal. Malala begins to find her place in society and the horrors of living under Taliban rule are magnified when compared to usual teenage angsts such as falling out with friends.
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It would be unfair to call Christina Lamb a ghost writer because she is a respected journalist with a huge amount of knowledge of the area. Her main challenge was that although Malala has lived through some momentous events, she is still very young. Consequently, the first half of the book isn't really her story at all. It's the story of her family, particularly her father and she has had to accept his version of events, even if they don't always ring true. Interspersed with this is some quite detailed information about the political situation in Pakistan, which wasn't very interesting and seemed strange when written in the tone of a teenage girl who can have had no real knowledge of any of this.

The four stars are for the second half of the book, which is when I began to engage with Malala's story. When she begins to write from personal recollection, the prose becomes more vivid and she able to make the reader feel the frustration of living under the Taliban. For me, the most compelling part is the aftermath of the shooting when she was being treated in Birmingham, at first without any of her family beside her.

I admire Malala's courage and wish her well, but I fear it will be a long time before she able to return to her beloved Swat Valley.
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