I recently read I am Malala by Malala Yousefzai and Christina Lamb, the autobiography of Malala Yousefzai, a teenaged Pakistani activist who stood up for the right to education. It was not really the most entertaining book, but I do believe it is an important book which I would strongly recommend to everyone. Here are five reasons why you should read this book.
1. We read dystopian fiction where people, including children are denied basic rights, we mourn for the hardships faced by fictional characters, and we sometimes forget that there are people in the real world who face equally overwhelming odds to fight for their basic rights. While reading certain parts of the book, I felt like I was reading a dystopian novel, minus love triangles.
2. Most of is here, in the bookish community are more or less privileged. We are all educated enough to read and analyse books, and blog about them. For many of us, education is something we’ve taken for granted. This book would help is realise how lucky we are.
3. It is a proof that teens can make a difference. I was constantly reminded of strong female characters in fiction who end up making a difference, while reading about Malala. I’ve always believed that you’re never too young to make a difference, and this is proof of the fact.
4. The book struck me as very real. There are constant reminders of the fact that Malala is a teen, and has interests similar to most teens in the world. She mentions the Twilight movies more than once, she talks about the friendship and competitiveness between her classmates, and a lot of other stuff that would be relatable even if you live on the other side of the world.
5. It is a great inspiration to stand up against injustice, whichever part of the world you’re from.