Review: I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Christina Lamb, Malala Yousafzai

The last two parts and the epilogue of this book focused on the shooting and recovery of Malala. The first three parts to the book is filled with Pakistani history (in a close chronological order), politics, and culture among the different peoples that make up the country.

 

I got a damn good education.

 

The Taliban in Pakistan is somewhat a beast of burden that was the country's own making and partly an altered version of the Taliban in Afghanistan. No one comes out looking good in this book - not the Pakistani government and military, not American foreign policy and politicians, and certainly not the Taliban. This is the part, that first three sections of the book, that I feel the co-author's research and voice overpowering Malala's voice and words. It also seemed a little too focused on Malala's dad, an education activist.

 

Still, what I found reading expanding my knowledge of the history and culture of one area of Pakistan and I would like to read more in the future about other parts of the country. 4 stars.