This is story about one fearless young woman and her very brave family. It really shows the difference between Taliban. beliefs and true islam, something we all need to remember and understand. Maria and her family were relentless in pursuing their dreams and ideals despite the odds being against them and I admired the bonds the entire family had and how much they supported each other. Excellent read.
This books is so well written that it brought devastation so close to my heart. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and I was disappointed, gleefully. To see this defiant warrior find her ground and believe and trust herself, her God and her parents is the definition of love. I could find nothing that I didn't believe or was without raw with emotion. Her egotism didn't even stop me from loving this book. I have 2 complaints:-there is no mention of her brothers in the acknowledgement. Sadly this has left me disappointed and the word infidel-i felt slapped in the face. I w as rooting for her and this family and I still am. Nothing is without its flaws. Thank you Maria-Genghis Khan for sharing your world and journey. You have opened my eyes.
I really found this story interesting. It really helps to expand my knowledge of the larger world and what people have to overcome. It is a story that needs telling. It is not literature but it is well written and doesn't jump around. Another similar book that tells a story of a female growing up in Afghanistan is a Thousand Splendid Suns. Since most of history was written by men I'm finding it refreshing today to read quality books written by woman about strong women.
An insight into the difference between the freedom of girls and boys under the Taliban. The parents definitely want an education for all their children but realize that school is not the best place for this daughter to be. It would be interesting to find out why her mother was allowed to teach and set up schools given the strictures placed on women.
As I read I felt like I was right with these women and girls as they fought with the social obstacles that surround them. I came to admire and respect Maria's parents in the way they helped Maria be what she wanted to be. They put their lives and the lives of their children in the crosshairs of death by allowing their children the freedom to find their way. It is an inspiration to learn of what people must live through in order to make a difference in the world by helping others. Bobby Jean
Maria book is well written and so very insightful and candid. I am able to identify with her family, especially her father. For Father's Day I gave 3 additional copies to my 3 oldest grand daughters ages 14 through 17. They were confussed to receive a Father's Day gift from me. I said, "In addition to your summer readings, you will read about Maria. When everyone is finished the 4 of us will have a special dinner to review her story. Ladies, that is your Father's Day gift to me." Love, Paw Paw
I may not have read this book if it hadn't been picked by my book club, I would have missed out on an eye-opening experience. Seeing the world through Maria's life I have learned so much about a culture and region that I knew so little. It is hard to believe what she has faced in life simply because of her love of sports and being outdoors. It puts things in perspective.