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
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Feminism

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...
  • Miranda Reads
    We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. Criticism be damned, I loved this book.Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl, was just fifteen years old when the Taliban decided she needed to be taken out. That she was too dangerous to be alive. That she was radical, sacrilegious and so much more. And what did she do? What was the heinous, terrible actions that necessitated her being shot? Education is education. We should ...
  • 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...
  • Natasha
    Being a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to speak up about 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 overpopulated 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 cit...
  • Matthew
    These days it seems like our world is a giant game of telephone. Any news story or online gossip you hear is hard to believe because it has been skewed so much since it left the source. It is refreshing and enlightening to hear a story straight from the source - especially on the topic of life in the Middle East which is always quickly demonized in America. By experiencing Malala's story, it gives a true face to the people of Pakistan who are mos...
  • Cecily
    In June 2020, Malala graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics). The Oxford course has a remarkable number of famous politicians and public figures among its alumni, listed HERE. When the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic subsides, may the world be her oyster. Image: Malala celebrating graduating, with her family (Source.)Review from 2016This is a powerful story about a child, but with topical, glo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiographical book by Malala Yousafzai, co-written with Christina Lamb. The book details the early life of Yousafzai, her father's ownership of schools and activism, the rise and fall of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in Swat Valley and the ...
  • Bionic 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Michael
    Affecting but disjointed, I Am Malala recounts the extraordinary life of the internationally renowned Pakistani activist. Partially written by a ghostwriter, the memoir scans Malala’s childhood and adolescence as well as the recent history of Pakistan, but it addresses neither subject comprehensively. An excessive amount of information about Pakistani society is presented piecemeal, leaving much unclear; these passages overwhelm Malala’s own ...
  • Elyse Walters
    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-...
  • Ginger
    I'm not sure how to do a review for this book, but here goes!The context and information was more in depth then I was expecting and I loved I Am Malala.While reading this, I realized that being an American woman is such a privilege. I've never had to struggle and survive for education, not having the right to vote or even walk alone into a store to shop. I've always had freedom, free speech and democracy for the things that I take for granted.Aft...
  • 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...
  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
    This is the story of Malala, the brave girl who defied fear and baseless traditions just to get educated. *Highlights:🔸The place where she grew up in Pakistan: Swat has been described in detail🔸Real pictures: lots of them; even the photos taken on the way after she was shot; during her treatment & after she got discharged from the hospital has been well documented🔸Her father. I read the whole book in awe just beacuse of her father. The w...
  • 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
  • Joey
    “I don't want to be thought of as the "girl who was shot by the Taliban" but the "girl who fought for education." This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.” ― Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanThe day Malala was in the news headlines catching the attention of the world , I remembered myself back on my younger years when I was still so idealistic, wanted to make a big dif...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    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...
  • Inge
    What an incredible, inspiring woman.