Book Review: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui (Four Stars)

Book Review: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui, translated into English by Linda Coverdale (Four Stars)

“Huddled in a corner, I pray for God the Almighty to save me. I hurt everywhere. I’m terrified at the idea of spending my whole life with this beast. I’ve fallen into a trap, and I can’t get out.”

What a terrible story. And yet those paying attention are assured that child brides, like sex trafficking, is a worldwide phenomenon. A tiny girl is sold to a man many times her age to protect family honor.

“I’m a simple village girl whose family had to move to the capital, and I have always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”

Well-written, but retains a naïve, childish viewpoint appropriate to such a young child.

“For these people, I didn’t seem like an exception. There is even a tribal proverb that says, ‘To guarantee a happy marriage, marry a nine-year-old girl.’”

Minoui’s preface detracts, rather than adds, to the telling. Feels padded to make almost two hundred pages.

“Today I finally feel I’ve become a little girl again. A normal little girl. Like before. I’m just me.”

2 thoughts on “Book Review: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui (Four Stars)

  1. Oh, what a sad story, and a painful reality. Yet, I’m sorry it felt padded, never good for the reader who senses it. Thanks.

  2. Imagine the physical and mental damage that an adult male does to a nine-year-old girl. Any society which allows that – and there are people in THIS country who feel that’s okay – is abusive beyond belief.

    She will NEVER be a little girl again.

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