- Pages: 352
- Genre: Biography, Autobiography
“They could stop us from going to school, but they can’t stop us from learning.”
Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Prize laureate, is trying to make a change in the society, especially for education and girls, since her childhood. It’s hard to believe yet believable that a difficult childhood and even, a terrorist attack couldn’t stop that little girl from being positive and having hope.
The book starts with the details about the day when Malala had been shot, followed by a flashback in which we get to know about all the past events of her life, her family’s struggle, the social customs of Pashtuns, army inaction, invasion of Taliban, rise of extremism and the sheer terror living under it, government apathy towards the masses, etc. Some glimpses of young Malala were also included in the book, like fighting with her brothers, best friends enjoying TV series, etc. All the events are described in detail and written in the first person.
The lesson Malala has taught us is incredible and the struggles of her family and the people living in SWAT valley are heartbreaking. We cannot even imagine not using our freedom when we have it; people, not only in Pakistan but in other parts of the world, are living a life like this. We read such stories in the newspaper, but get to know about it from a victim made it more terrifying.
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
As children, most of us hated going to school and there are people in this world who fight and risk for this privilege. It reminds me of how much I took for granted, especially the freedom of speech, the freedom to go to any store without a male guard/attendant and the right to get an education regardless of gender.
Malala is an inspiration for all the people, especially who have faced injustice. The events of her life are penned down amazingly. It’s an easy read and narration is proper. Some back stories about political histories of the country would make you want to put the book down, but believe me it’s necessary for better understanding of her story and it’s irregular to know about a country’s past with such a close eye. Everyone should read this book for some inspiration and, anyone who is interested in women’s right, current events, history or simply, Malala, can read this book without any doubt.
“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”