Review | I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb


Paperback (Phoenix, 320 pages)

First published 2012; this edition published 2014)

Rating on Goodreads: 4 stars

“I Am Malala tells the inspiring story of a schoolgirl who was determined not to be intimidated by extremists, and faced the Taliban with immense courage. Malala speaks of her continuing campaign for every girl’s right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school. This is just the beginning…”

This is a remarkable book, I must say that.

How can I rate this anything less than four stars? Malala’s story is at once horrifying and inspiring, Christina Lamb must be commended for her skill in turning this story into words upon paper. I Am Malala is readable, enjoyable, and vividly written. Malala’s descriptions of her homeland are as lovely as the tales of the Taliban are horrific.

What I do find odd is the mix of centuries-ago history and the present that doesn’t seem to quite mesh well in writing. The history is welcome, but it doesn’t quite seem to fit in this memoir. Otherwise, Lamb’s skill in helping Malala tell her story is obvious and impressive.

The two of them have created a wonderful, compelling piece, and I urge everyone to read this, if only to understand the horrors of what so many suffer under the Taliban.


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