I Am Malala: Book Review

When I started this reading challenge, I really only had one rule – each of the 52 books I read would have to be written by a different South Asian author. I didn’t really have any thoughts about genres, fiction/non-fiction etc, but I assumed it would be fiction through an through. Then I saw a video of Malala speaking in Pakistan and visiting her home in the Swat Valley and felt inspired to read her memoir. 

Like the rest of the world I’m in awe of this powerhouse. She has so much conviction and confidence at such a young age, I know she’s going to do amazing things for the world. Sadly, for me the book didn’t really hit the mark. Somehow the content just didn’t live up to the title. It was called ‘I am Malala’ but it could have easily been called ‘I am My Father’s Daughter’. A strange mix of textbook like history renditions and the over explanation of the role Malala’s father played in her becoming an activist it was a miss for me.

I so badly wanted to like this book. So much so that I read two versions of it; the full length adult version, and the young reader’s abridged version. My thought was that maybe one was better than the other, and it was. I go into further details and thoughts in the video review below.




I’m currently working on a reading challenge – finish 52 books by 52 South Asian authors in 2018. If you are interested in learning more about why I started check out this blog post. Or, to see all of the books I’ve read so far, visit the bookshelf page. And, if you are a book lover yourself, join our book group on Facebook!


I Am Malala Book Review




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