The Autobiography of Malala Yousafzai

"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world" ~ Malala Yousafzai

What Makes This Book Great?

There are many things that make I Am Malala great, there really are. It's very hard to narrow it down to just a few. But, I think that the plot is one thing that makes this book great.

The main storyline is about Malala and her life in Mingora. The main things she tells about are how she was against the Taliban, became an IDP (Internally Displaced Person), and how she got shot. The storyline, unlike some books, follows a clear timeline. The timeline goes from before she was born, until she moved to Birmingham, England with her family.

Another thing that makes this story great is the characters. The characters are very developed, and each is defined by a certain character trait. For example, Malala is the protagonist, and she is defined by her bravery and intelligence. And the Taliban is the antagonist, and defined by their deceitful acts. The characters are also written exceptionally well, especially Malala. Over the course of the book, there are changes in Malalas personality.

The final thing that makes this book great is the climax. The climax has to be my favourite moment in the entire book. The climax is when Malala is shot. I won't spoil the book, but the moment when she got shot is amazing. I can clearly visualize her getting shot. The part is suspenseful and kind of secretive. The chapter doesn't end in her stating 'I got shot.' Instead, it is 'The sounds in my head were not the crack, crack, crack of three bullets, but the chop, chop, chop of the man severing the heads of chickens, and them dropping into the dirty street.'

Overall, Malalas story is a amazing one, and it's a must-read on my list.

My Thoughts On The Book

I think that this book is highly impressive. It's certainly not boring, like most autobiographies. The strength of this book is that you can't put it down. Its very intriguing, and doesn't disappoint. Its weakness is that it takes a bit of the book to get to the action, but it certainly makes up for it with the spectacular writing.

Who Is Malala?

Malala Yousafzai is the author and protagonist of this book. She was born on the 12th of July, 1997.She grew up in Mingora, a town in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. On October 9th, 2012, she got shot in the head by a man who was sided with the Taliban. She was rushed to the hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, where she under went surgery. The surgery was successful, and to further her care, was flown to Birmingham, England. She successfully recovered.

Since she was 11, she has been an activist for girls education, and against the Taliban, who believe that girls should not go to school. She has a fund that goes to helping girls get quality education around the world, called the Malala Fund. In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize, and is the youngest person to do so.

Malala is now 18 years old, and still going strong with her campaign to get all girls quality education.