The YA Review: Malala

Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño

The epic trials and tribulations of Malala Yousafzai are quite rightly well-known around the world. Her battle for the rights of women everywhere to have an education is inspiring to everyone though most particularly, I reckon, to young women like her who can perhaps even more readily imagine themselves in her shoes.

Although what I’m personally after is the full autobiography aimed at adults, I was lucky enough to read and review the young adult version for the awesome We Love This Book not so long ago and decided, afterwards, to pass it on to my budding bookworm friend Liv (still at school herself) whose opinion I was so desperate to hear (and I’m sure you’ll love as well):

Malala is the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai. Malala had a difficult life. She started off a happy child with a family who cared for her but, when she was only ten years old the Taliban took over her region and her world slowly started to fall apart. They said music was a crime which I would hate as I l love my tunes and that women could not go to the shops and that girls could not go to school. She was taught to stand up for herself and her freedom and many others. She felt that it was her right to be educated, however I do not feel that way as I am made to go to school but if I wasn’t then I probably would feel the same. She was shot point blank on her way home, along with two of her friends because she stood up for this. No one believed that she could survive, but she did, this made me realise that miracles do happen if you believe they can.

Malala is an inspiration to many people around the world, young and old. She stood up for what she believed in and was treated horribly for it and because of this, she will never be the same again, but doesn’t care because she knows that no matter what happened she is lucky to be alive. On her 16th birthday the United Nations declared that the 14th July will officially be Malala day. She also won a Nobel peace prize. She didn’t ask for these things all she asked was to have an education, and, with a lot of hard work and determination she got it.

Ever since I heard about this inspirational girl I wanted to know the full story behind it so when I got the opportunity to read it I was really happy. It tells us about all the tragic things that happened in her life. It’s a very powerful and strong story that, after I read it, made me re think the way I lived and the way I thought about things. It made me want to be more thankful for the things that I already have, but, also try harder to get the things that I want, instead of sitting here on my butt and complaining about the things that I don’t have.

Livy  x

Thanks Liv!

Have any of you out there had the chance to read Malala’s autobiography? In what ways does her inspirational tale effect what you think about your own life?

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