I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger that both, that of women.” (pg 24. I Am Malala)

Two short single sentences, yet such strong, powerful words. These are words that have been not only written, but also spoken by the young female Pakistani activist who was shot as a young child, by a male with a little too much power. I say the term male, because any man who shoots a child, is no man at all. I am sure many would agree with me here.

The story of “I Am Malala” is one that has been told in the most honest way possible. The book tells us the story of what began as what was a normal day in Pakistan. Malala and her friends were in a school bus heading home when it was ambushed by the Taliban, and Malala was shot in the face, because the Taliban had given her a death threat for fighting for the right to an education.

Her story is powerful, as it tells of her recovery, but also of her non stop courage to continue fighting for children’s rights as well as for women’s rights, particularly in her home country of Pakistan.

Malala had a special relationship with her father, as he is the one who pushed her to fight for what she believes in. And she does just that. When she was shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012, neither Malala nor that gunman knew what would happen afterwards. Malala survived, but she not only survived, she became stronger, and she continues to fight for what she believes in.

I loved this book. From beginning to end, I could not stop reading it. I even put aside many other things I had to be doing just to read this book. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. I also think this book should be at the top of the list of all schools, as I know some of the books on the lists in Chicago even I wouldn’t pick up. This book though, is a total must. I read this book while in my 20s, but imagine the thoughts that a high school teenager may have. The impact this book may really have on the youth of today’s society, it could really help bring out the activist in many a person.

I for one, am and always have been all for women’s rights, as well as rights to a proper education to anyone who wants it. We all know what is going on in the word these days, and this book is a prime example of it.

“But I said, ‘Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.’ Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” (pg. 136. I Am Malala)

Yet another line that I found to be concise in choice of words, yet the message is loud and clear. We, as humans have a drive to learn, and that is what we should be doing. Learning.

I think it was Confucius who said that learning never ends. And I think it is very true. We really do never stop learning. Just because the highest degree is on the wall, does not mean that your time of learning is over. We learn every day.

Just think about it, what did you learn yesterday? Last week? Last month? It can be as simple as finally learning the right way to hold a clampless curling iron, or as complicated as figuring out how to solve a problem in a new way. The point is that learning never ends, for anyone.

Now, back to I Am Malala. If I were to rate this book, it would without a doubt, be a 5 star book. A book that everyone should read, multiple times even. I know it is on my list of books to reread.

Hope everyone is enjoying their days, and staying warm and cozy if you are in Chicago and you know that we are in the city notorious for having all 4 seasons in the same day.

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– Isabella