I Am Malala


I thought Malala Yousafzai was pretty damn amazing before I read her book, but now I’m blown away. I generally steer away from autobiographies after being scarred doing elementary school book reports. This was well worth it, though.

I Am Malala gives a lot of background information about life in Pakistan that I didn’t really know or understand in pre-, present-, and post-9/11 times. I appreciate getting the other side of the story, as I believe it is necessary to understand any situation fully.

It almost makes me want to write a letter to Malala and tell her that not all Americans are that bad, and maybe some of us really didn’t understand what exactly was going on at the time. This point makes me self-conscious though, because I can honestly say that most of the time I have no idea what my government is all about. I have a general distrust of them and I can clearly see the older I get how much impact corporations have on America. Aside from this, I feel I have barely scratched the surface. This is a topic I genuinely feel uncomfortable approaching because I never feel like I have enough knowledge to hold a solid conversation. Obviously having a father who is deeply involved in politics and activism helps enlighten you, but I still feel like she had such a stronger grasp on the the goings-on of her country at quite a young age than I have of mine at 24.

Basically, I’m jealous of her insight and knowledge.

She’s incredibly intelligent and very dedicated to her cause. It’s so inspiring! It makes me wish that something in life inspired me half as much, and it drives me want to help others and be an overall better human being. I am very appreciative to have read her story and will recommend it to anyone who is looking for a purpose in life. This is the sort of book that gets you up and motivates you to create some life goals!

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2 thoughts on “I Am Malala

  1. Molly Cichy says:

    I bought and read this, and bought a copy for my 16yo sister for Christmas. I thought it was awesome too! Like, damn, that girl is just way more of a human than I could ever hope to be. Plus, all the insight on what life was like at the time in Pakistan was invaluable. Most of it, like the strange juxtaposition of modernity (the level of mathematics they studied in high school is well beyond anything I touched in college) with traditionalism and simply a lack of conveniences is super mind-opening.

    • t1nydancaa says:

      That’s definitely how I felt. I loved learning about the culture. I feel like there’s just absolutely no information about what life is ACTUALLY like over there, and it was very interesting to learn.

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