Review: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick

27879068Edition: Paperback, 272 pages
Published by: Indigo, 2nd October 2015
Genre: Cultural, Family, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Social Issues, War
Rating: 5 stars
Completed: 27th December 2015

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

Film tie-in edition with HE NAMED ME MALALA, released 6th November, which tells Malala’s story from Nobel Peace Prize to netball courts. The film has now been shortlisted for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category.

Malala is the most significant teenager of the twenty first century. She was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren’t allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn’t go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on 9 October, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause. She was shot point-blank on her way home from school. No one expected her to survive.
Now she is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner.

This is the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world-and did. It will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles, and the determination of one person to inspire change.

‘It’s a searing and personal portrait of a young woman who dared to make a difference’ PW

I don’t watch the BBC News anymore (when I should do!) I have to excuse myself for being behind on the loop. So the first time I heard about Malala Yousafzai was on Teens React. All I knew from the video was that it was about a girl who got shot by the Taliban for speaking out for girls’ right to an education. She survived the shot and since then has continued her campaign and won many prestigious prizes including the Noble Peace Prize.


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Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

18143905Edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Published by: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir, Short Stories
Rating: 3 feathers

Call me shallow but the only reason why I even picked up this book was because Emma Watson tweeted it.

I saw this book in Waterstones and I didn’t exactly know what it was about. At a first glance, (this was a theory on judging a book by its cover) I thought it was about a street style photographer who went around the city and asking well dressed individuals about their opinions on ‘The Opposite of Loneliness.’

“Do you wanna leave soon?
No, I want to enough time to be in love with everything…
And I cry because everything is so beautiful and so short.”
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