** I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is the memoir of the now-famous 16-year old who was shot by the Taliban for daring to go to school. Her story reads as heavily ghost-written, but does manage to give readers interesting glimpses into life in the Swat valley of Pakistan, far from Islamabad and very far from any kind of secular police power, and subject to extremist violence in the midst of both poverty and the physical beauty of the mountains. I also liked her recollections of having beaten a classmate for first place, or gotten a new uniform, which remind us that she is so young.

On the other hand, the careful retelling of political events in Pakistan and around the world, including before her birth, seem forced when seemingly told in the first person. And the details of her medical treatment after she was shot are forgettable. Still, a very interesting personal story.

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