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Review: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced; Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced 
by; Nujood Ali, Delphine Minoui
"I'm a simple village girl who has 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."

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only ten years old.

Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled--not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood's case and fought the...

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Point-blank, he asks me an important question: “Are you still a virgin?”

I swallow hard. I’m ashamed of talking about these things. It’s deeply upsetting. In my country, women must keep their distance from men they don’t know. And this is the first time I’ve ever seen this judge. But in that same instant I understand that if I want to win, I must take the plunge.

“No. I bled.”



literature { genre
18+ { rating
March, 2010 { date released
Crown Publishing Group (192 Pages) { edition
borrowed { acquisition
Amazon.com { @ purchase

Why exactly I picked out this book?
I was bloghopping fellow bookbloggers around this week and found this book. what attract me is obviously the title, giving me the curiousness of wondering what's going on here. Luckily I got a copy of it a day after. I guess somebody else thought I would like to read it as well. Thank you =D



My Thoughts ♠♠♠♠♠This book is based on a 10 year old girl living in Yemen, who got married off by her own father to some stranger she never met, without her consent and of course she's completely ignorant of it all.

The book began with her running about looking for a person of law (lawyer or a judge, whoever comes first). What was that all about? she's desperate to find anybody who could force her 30 years older of a horrible husband to divorce her. She was raped, beaten up and insulted by her no good husband and his family ever since the first night she's married. Regardless the fact, he "promised" her family, that he won't touch her until she reached puberty.

What amazed and astound me is, she grew up in a very conservative family and environment, where this is is an accepted "culture" and yet she has the courage to escape to save herself, because she reached a dead end. Bravo!

Did I mention, this is a biography? there's a real Nujood out there. This has become one of the trigger that sparks the culture vs religion topics that's flying over the years. I still say, don't misunderstood, this is culture wise, not religious wise customs.

I tell you one thing. I feel lucky I have managed to bump onto this book. I love it!

Librarian Muse
Ok. I have the nitpick about this book. I'm admit, I wouldn't dare to place this in the school library, unless it's a college up library to begin with. Unless, it's approve by the school teachers. Why? Cause it is quite a controversy book due to it's nature.

However... I am definitely recommending this to all of my reading friends. It is quite a page turner!
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  1. I LOVE your review! I have it on my old wish list, but am adding to my new one as well! This memoir definitely appeals to my senses.

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