I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala

I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected he...

Details I Am Malala

TitleI Am Malala
Release DateOct 8th, 2013
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Number of pages327 pages
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism, History, Audiobook, Biography Memoir, Politics, Education

Reviews I Am Malala

  • Diane
    Reading this book reminded me of how much I take for granted every day: Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The freedom to go to the store without needing a male escort. And the ability to get an education, regardless of gender."I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children."Malala, who is now 16, is ...
  • Tanya Tyson
    Just to be clear, the rating is for the book not the person Malala herself. I read this quickly whilst on holidays and was keen to find out more about her story after seeing a short tv piece just before leaving home. I think her story is amazing and her courage remarkable, her plight and vision inspiring but the book itself I found to be an odd mix of political and historical fact and personal reflections that didn't quite gel for me. Still a wor...
  • Natasha
    Being a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to state out what is wrong with her country and strive for education to be available for all.Coming from a country where education is a main priority and females over populated the men in schools,colleges and universities, I was indeed aghast to discovered that in certain parts of the world, women are being treated as second class citizens...
  • Summer
    I really wanted to love this book. I don't think anyone can deny the difficulties this girl has faced or the impact she has had on the world. However, the book reads like an odd jumble of Pakistani history, politics, and personal experience that never quite comes together into a cohesive narrative. The first few chapters are very inconsistent and meander all over the place with no clear destination; it sounds more like a collection of memories or...
  • Limau Nipis
    I could not be bothered with negative comments. So, get on with your life. Just ignore the review if you think I write negatively.I don't want to raise some sentiments here, so if your comments got deleted, like I wrote earlier, get on with your life.Edited to include what I have wrote earlier in my comments on 4 December '13:I do feel that this autobiography should have waited for a few years for Malala to have a much more distinctive voice.Unfo...
  • ❁ بــدريــه ❁
    أنا ملالا .. تغير عالمي و لم أتغير هذه قصة كفاح ونضال تستحق أن تكون ملهمة لملايين من يفعل ؟ الذي فعلتها ملالا ملالا ، باكستانية في طريقها للمدرسة تعرضت للطلق نار في وجهها و نجت من الموت بأعجوبة تحكيها بتفاصيل مؤلمة بالفصول الاخيرة بدأت رحلتها في الد...
  • Ayesha
    EDIT: 6/9/2016---The people who are bashing me, Kindly take a look at the quotes or in the comment section. After some of the gif-y juvenile opinions, the discussion is rather educating. Dearest Malaala,---Why did you write an emotionally manipulative story specifically directed at international readers and compelling them to feel sorry about a nation using the lethal weapon of exaggeration and one sided execution of truth.I always thought why Ma...
  • L.J. Smith
    I absolutely loved this book. I have been following this story ever since Malala Yousafzai was shot and articles about her began to appear on CNN.com. I was always captivated by the way Malala spoke in interviews before she was attacked: I simply loved the sound of her voice and the sight of her face, which seemed to shine with her spirit. She might not think she is beautiful, but to me she is stunning. I adore the bright colors she wears and the...
  • Cecily
    This is a powerful story about a child, but with topical, global relevance.The media is full of alarming reports of extremists of all religions, across the globe. Finding perspective can be hard, especially for non-believers, and it’s important to balance valid criticism and condemnation with avoiding the suggestion that all followers of a faith are mad, bad, or dangerous to know.So it’s good to read a positive portrayal not just of a religio...
  • Aasem Bakhshi
    I would ask all those Pakistanis who are making the book controversial through over-sensationalized and misplaced critiques: 1. Please remove the lenses of bigotry and prejudice and read the book in a casual way. Its not a great book so comparisons with Anne Frank's diary are perhaps out of proportion. However, I would hate to speculate that it might be considered a great classic if Pakistan continues on its usual disastrous course and experience...
  • Raghad Frehat
    انها ملالا....ملالا الفتاة التي ناضلت من اجل حق التعليم ملالا الفتاة التي لا تعرف المستحيل,ولا تخاف من اي شيئ سوى الله .ملالا الفتاة الشجاعة التي لم تخاف حتى من طالبان دافعت عن حقها كفتاة ملالا الفتاة التي وقفت في وجه اعداء العلم والدين الذين يريدونن...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    3.5 starsMalala is one of my idols and i've had my eye on this book for a very long time. I listened to this on audio, and the prologue of this is read by Malala herself. I cried three times just in that first half hour listening to her talk about her story. For the first third of this book, I was convinced that I would be giving it five stars. I love what Malala stands for and I think we got such a vibrant description of her life and I loved tha...
  • Ali Khan
    Being resident of the area, Valley of Swat, where she lived (basically she is from the adjoining District Shangla whence her father came to Swat and established private school), I find the authenticity of the most of events described and actions claimed hard to believe (as do almost all the residents).First there is the question of Local Talibans forcing girls from going to schools. That is not true. I was, as everyone else, a regular listener of...
  • Carmen
    This book was better than I thought it would be. To be honest, teenagers aren't usually good writers. I read Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board and wasn't very impressed, even though I think what happened to Bethany Hamilton was interesting.Same thing here. Was this just going to be a case of "important/interesting subject matter, crappy writing?" I didn't know. I went into this rather hesitantly, wi...
  • Jean
    A few days prior to her 18th birthday, Malala Yousafzai has returned to Oslo, to attend the Oslo Education Summit, insisting that all children worldwide have a right to education. Her defiant slogan claims, "Books not Bullets!"Malala claims, "I measure the world in hope, not doubt" and "Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism". Last year in Oslo, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with another child rights activist, Kai...
  • Heba
    حينما فرغت من قراءة هذه الروايه الرائعه..وقعت عيناىّ على صورة جمعت ملالا بوالدها على غلاف الكتابوأدركت حينئذٍ من نظرتها المُحبه لوالدها..قدرالحب والاحترام والعرفان بفضل والدها عليها ولكى يكون هناك فتاه تدعى "ملالا"..تلك الفتاه القويه ..الشجاعه ..طي...
  • Muhammad Syed
    Honestly this proved yet another attempt by this girl to cash in on fame and £££. All the time she kept on praising her dad, disparaged and belittled her country of orgin which I have serious doubts after reading this literature.If she was so annoyed with Swat being a part of Pakistan why does not she openly say that I am not a daughter of Pakistan rather daughter of swat. She has further cemented the mistake West has made over the years. You ...
  • Supratim
    I was caught in a dilemma as to what rating should I give this book. I vacillated between 4 and 5 but the message contained in the book made me give it a 5 star rating.Needless to say this book chronicles the dreams, hardships and dangers faced by Malala - but it is much more than that - it also chronicles the hardships and dangers faced by the people of Swat and the people of entire Pakistan as well as.The book begins about the day when the Tali...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    So I knew of Malala before this...but I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HER REALLY. And I was so curious! So I thought I'd just eat the book up and for once actually understand why everyone praises and loves Malala. And I totally get it now: gawsh, this girl is INSPIRING. (And sort of intimidating??? She's like 17 and has won countless prizes and is a public speaker and politician and survived a shooting and woowowowowow. I feel like a potato.)I always find i...
  • Elyse
    Unless you've been living in a cave the past couple of years-- the name Malala Yousafzsi -- rings a bell with you.... The young heroine who first survived under chilling conditions - taken over by Taliban extremists... and how her entire family stayed afloat. Malala is a stand for education. A stand for women and especially female children getting an education. Sincerely passionate about educational injustice --- taking a shot in the head for it-...
  • Maria Espadinha
    Malala e o Poder das PalavrasMalala tinha apenas 10 anos quando os talibãs invadiram o Vale do Swat no Paquistão, terra onde vivia.Com a ocupação talibã as raparigas fôram proibidas de frequentar as escolas. Mas Malala não permite que sejam os talibãs a ditar-lhe o Futuro. O seu Sonho é ser médica e pretende lutar por ele. Cria um blogue onde informa o resto do Mundo sobre as medidas repressivas impostas ao seu país pelos talibãs e re...
  • Sasha
    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Paki...
  • Vikas Lather
    Malala is the symbol of enlightenment in modern age. It is very strange to have an inspiration younger than I'm :)I feel extreme shame for fanatic regimes for banning this book. It is very sad that homicidal and illiterate people continue to dictate what adult minds should write,read and speak
  • Inge
    What an incredible, inspiring woman.
  • Jamise
    I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I felt like I was in an agonizing history class that would never end. With over 50% dedicated to the history of Pakistan, government structure, and the Taliban, I was well irritated with not having more focus on Malala. I do understand that the background was needed, I just felt that could have been done in less time. I enjoyed the last 75 pages as more details were given on Malala's shooting, rec...
  • Thomas
    3.5 starsMalala Yousafzai inspires me so much. Her human rights advocacy for education and for women has transformed into an international movement; her courage to keep fighting after getting shot exemplifies her heroism. Her voice has reached so many and has influenced history. She has impacted the world by speaking out, and she writes about her father's support as well, adding back story to her honest desire to make a difference in the realm of...
  • فاتن
    من العار أن أقلل من معاناة الآخرينلكن بالعقل كيف أجمع بين حقيقتينطفلة تكتب في مدونات، صارت بطلة لأن طالبان حاولت قتلهاوجموع أطفال تحصدهم طيارات الأمريكان هناك في باكستان وأفغانستان حصدا، ولم يلتفت لهم أحدا......هذا من ناحية عامةومن جهة المضمون، فا...
  • Liz Janet
    Read review on WordpressI have wanted to review this book about the life of this beautiful person for a while, and due to the circumstances Muslims (particularly women, considering my parents told me to remove my headscarf until things calmed down) are facing right now after the terrorist attacks in Beirut, Paris, Syria, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Somalia, and many others, this seems like the perfect time to incl...
  • Chantal (Every Word A Doorway)
    This book is very difficult to review. For one, it’s a memoir. How do you criticize a person’s life? And when that person is Malala who is such an inspiring and strong young woman it seems like even more of an impossible feat. So when I say that I didn’t love the book, it by no means is a judgement of the main character or her family. What didn’t work for me was the way the book was written. It was very heavy on the political side but I d...