Book Review: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by: Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui

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We were living rather happily, to the rhythm of the sun. It was a simple life, but peaceful, without electricity or running water” I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali & Delphine Minoui

mountain-1311543_1920Initial Thoughts: Now that I am a young adult, I have begun to feel a self-imposed responsibility to learn about how the world works. It is not that I have been turning a blind eye to the world around me. Rather, I found myself shuddering at the events in the news without really trying to understand WHY these things occur. And so, I ended up challenging myself to read more non-fiction books. A year ago, I would have said “non-fiction books are so boring.” Some of them are. But… many aren’t, and they can make you appreciate the life you have. This is one of such books.

Summary

In 2008, ten-year-old Nujood Ali shocked the world when she demanded for a divorce from her husband. Nujood, a young girl from Yemen was married to a man three times her age and was repeatedly physically and sexually abused. With the help of a skilled lawyer and the media, Nujood’s case was taken to court. After a grueling court battle, Nujood eventually won her freedom and became one of the youngest divorcées in the world

About the Book

Title: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced (original French title: Moi Nujood, 10 ans, divorcée)

Author: Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui

Translated: Linda Coverdale

Pages: 188

Year Published: 2009

Genres & Subjects: Non-fiction, Yemen, Child Brides, Divorce, Autobiography

 

The Review

I am Nujood, Age 10, and Divorced is a true story about a little girl who had enough courage to say no. Nujood Ali was born in Yemen in the countryside. After a family tragedy, she and her family moved to the capital of Yemen where the family barely made ends meet. To save her family from poverty, Nujood’s father sold her to an older man of thirty years who promised not to touch her until a year after she reached puberty. Once Nujood was married, her husband repeatedly abused her both physically and sexually. Two months into her marriage, she returned home briefly for a visit. She ran away to plead her case to the courts, and eventually won a divorce at age 10.

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Book Review: Things I’m Seeing Without You – Peter Bognanni

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cinque-terre-1596206_1920Initial thoughts: I was so excited to receive this book in the mail. I had been entering Goodreads giveaways for over a month and I hadn’t won a single book. I figured that maybe I wasn’t active enough on Goodreads to win. Then out of nowhere, I won! There is something about winning a free book that hasn’t been released yet that makes me giddy with excitement.

Plot Summary

Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

The Review

As soon as I received Things I’m Seeing Without You in the mail, I had packed and left for a long vacation. I should probably start off by mentioning that this isn’t the sort of book that most people would want to read on vacation. A book about death and grief doesn’t really go well with relaxing on a beach and forgetting your troubles. Even so, I decided to read it anyway because I loved the idea of reading a book that hadn’t been released yet.

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Book Review: Fortunately, the Milk by: Neil Gaiman

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If the same object from two different times touches itself, one of two things will happen. Either the Universe will cease to exist. Or three remarkable dwarfs will dance through the streets with flowerpots on their heads” – Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman

travel-1756150_1920Initial Thoughts: On my first day back at work, I needed an audiobook to get me back into the routine. I decided to choose Fortunately, the Milk by: Neil Gaiman. It should be an unspoken rule… everything and anything written by Neil Gaiman is automatically amazing.

Summary

“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: thummthumm. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.” “Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened. Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal” Goodreads

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Book Review: Eleanor & Park by: Rainbow Rowell

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What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible” – Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Inheadphones-424163_1280itial Thoughts: A few years ago, Eleanor & Park was featured everywhere. Everywhere I turned, people were raving about this book. Unfortunately, my to-read list is so long (over 1500 books long), it took me a few years to finally read Eleanor & Park. Finally, a few years after the hype has died down, I decided to jump into reading this book.

Summary

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try” – Goodreads

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Top 7 Worst Books I’ve Read for University

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books-1015594_1920When you’re an English major, sometimes you don’t have too much control on what you have to read. There will be times when you’re absolutely enthusiastic about what you have read, and other times… not so much. Here is my top 7 (because this is thealleycat7) list of worst books I had to read for university.

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