Ugh. Just ugh. It’s kind of unreal to put into words how incredible this young girl is. Her story is known worldwide, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban for standing up for a girl’s right to an education, and ugh.
My opinion has definitely not changed. The way in which she retold stories of her father’s youth and school was so wonderful, and I’ve now grown to realise that her father seems an equally incredible person. You realise how much you take the opportunities of equality here for granted: an education, a right to watch and listen to what you want, a right to dress how you want.
These are every day things here, but are controlled in the midst of countless battles and fights regarding their religion. Her thoughts on the split of good and evil is idealistic and childlike at times in terms of innocence, but she cuts to the chase: Muslims aren’t bad people, but these people were bad.
The moment she decided to be a politician sticks out, the simple idea of “They’re supposed to help us, to work for us, but don’t” and the drive to do that herself was simply unreal. Also, the way in which she describes the ‘peace deal’. America said they were giving in, “but they weren’t living here”, she said. They just wanted peace.
I’m kind of bowled over by how astounding she is at such a young age. My only issue with the book is you felt the presence of the sub/other person there, and it felt a little too judgmental and sweeping towards Pakistan at times.
I also think that if you left this a few years, this book could be even greater. God, can you imagine what she’ll be like, or the voice she’ll have, when she’s 18, 19, 20? Incredible.
So, yes. A very good read.