This book is a joy to read. It is rich in details about Malala's life in the Swat valley in Pakistan. The detailed account gives the reader a real flavour of what it is like to live from day to day in the Pashtun areas of rural Pakistan. The details also give us a rich picture of the variety of attitudes to religion found in villages and towns in rural Pakistan. While most of the characters in the book profess to be Muslim, the way they view their religion varies greatly.
As the Taliban gain power in Mingora, where Malala lives, we get a birds-eye view of what it is like to have your world turned upside-down by fundamentalist religion. Later, after the army has supposedly cleared the village of Taliban, we can feel along with Malala what it is like to live in a permanent state of insecurity knowing that whatever the army says, the situation is not truly safe.
Above all this is a story of courage as Malala speaks out against the Taliban, her country's army and government and the self-interested rich countries who get involved in the events of the area. While sometimes you can feel that the book was co-authored with a journalist, there are moments when the wonderful voice of a somewhat naive (in the best way) adolescent comes through.