I had a fourteen hour car drive ahead of me, which made me think of the perfect solution for my potential boredom: audiobooks. So I drove to my nearest bookshop and luckily they had two audiobooks in my price range, including one of my favorite books of 2013, I Am Malala.
I had knew a portion of fifteen year old Malala Yousafzai’s story about how she was shot by the Pakistani Taliban on her way to school in October 2012. The international headlines from that instance alone were enough to make me intrigued to read her story.
The book was very different than what I had originally expected; the first four to six hours were mainly a history lesson about the origins of Pakistan and how groups such as the Taliban came into power. That section had so much context about that region that it gave clarification about that area of the world that is constantly in the media. It explained the difference between religious groups and key aspects of Islam culture that I did not know previous to reading (or rather hearing) this book.
Yousafzai is so well spoken throughout the book and is an inspiration to those who want to the change the world whether it is to reform eduction or women’s rights. Her levelness and determination for change helps explain why she is the youngest person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and is often referred to as “Pakistan’s Mother Teresa”.
Overall, this book is extremely informative, inspirational, and helps denounce the negative stereotypes about Islam internationally.
An excellent choice for bookclub.
There isn’t any offensive terms, but does contain some moderate violence.