Nicole Says… Read This Book by Malala Yousafzai

By Nicole McManus

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

When Malala Yousafzai was fifteen years old, she was shot in the head while on the way to school. The doctors didn’t expect her to survive, but her amazing spirit and determination not only gave her the strength to live, but also to continue to fight the injustices of the world. I am Malala is the story of one brave, young girl’s extraordinary life, and her perseverance during the horrific ordeals of terrorism.

I am Malala is an incredible read! This young woman’s outlook on life and the world is inspiring to all. This book gives readers an inside look into her homeland of Swat Valley in Pakistan and the courageousness of her family, before and after her traumatic injury. Malala’s father encouraged a love of education and went against his customs in order to give her a chance at equality. The effects of her shooting caused the family to be uprooted and moved to the United Kingdom for their safety and protection. Allowing fear to silence her was never an option, as Malala has continued to speak up for girls’ education. With an almost poetic prose, readers will get to see how Malala is truly wise beyond her years. Her life story brings to light the horrific traditions in some countries who value a son’s life more than a daughter’s.

Of course, I have heard of the girl who spoke out for education, was shot in the head and won the Nobel Peace Prize. Just hearing bits and pieces from news clips was awe-inspiring. However, to actually read her words and hear her side of things, including the longing to return home, left me speechless. Malala proves age is just a number, and when you find your voice, you can change the world. During these trying times, when it seems the news is always negative, it is a pleasure to read a memoir that gives hope for a brighter future.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic in reading. Contact her at

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