Reviews by Category: Biography

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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai
5
Rated by
Victoria O.
Jan 6, 2023

I Am Malala is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai. The book follows the life of
Malala and her family. Malala was born in Swat Valley, Pakistan. As the Taliban begins to
invade Pakistan, they take rights from women and girls. When the Taliban tried to take away
girls’ rights to education, Malala and her father began to speak out. She became an important
figure and activist in girl’s rights, so much so that the Taliban shot her to silence her. Malala’s

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Lincoln

Lincoln

3
Rated by
Aadhya B
Jan 5, 2023

I have never been a big fan of war movies, so I expected to spend an unpleasant two-and-a-half hour watching a boring movie centered around politics. Surprisingly, this was not the case with Lincoln. The movie takes place mainly in the year 1865, during President Abraham Lincoln's second term. Along with managing all the stresses in his life and in society during this time period, he was also figuring out how to successfully pass the 13th amendment.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

By Paul Kalanithi
5
Rated by
Aadhya B
Jan 3, 2023

First, the readers are introduced to the author by another source, Abraham Verghese, who admits to only knowing Paul Kalanithi after his death. This meant that readers knew the end of the book before it even began. Verghese explains the importance of the book and sets high expectations for the readers as they flip the pages and move on to the prologue. As Kalanithi introduces himself, his audience is drawn to learn more about his life. The book's first part shows his passion for writing and calling toward a medical degree.

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I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

I’m Glad My Mom Died

By Jennette McCurdy
4
Rated by
Aubrie C.
Dec 10, 2022

A memoir of the ICarly and Sam and Cat star Jennette McCurdy shares her path to stardom and
the struggles that came with it. Starting at the age of six Jennette’s mother wanted her to
become a star so she started doing acting auditions. At a very young age her mother would do
things like put her on diets and restrictions and do cosmetic routines on her like tinting her
eyelashes which led to eating disorders and addiction. She shares that her mother had all
control of her income that she was making from acting and ended up resenting her for it. In this

Teen Review
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah
4
Rated by
Anonymous
Oct 7, 2022

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah, is one of my favorite autobiographies. However, I do not
think I can even call this book an autobiography. He doesn’t talk at all about his future life, all he
talks about is his childhood and funny stories from it. Therefore, I like to call it a collection of
memoirs. This book takes place in South Africa during the 80’s, and this is when racism played a
big role in society. He talks about his life and how racism has impacted his life, and also how

Teen Review
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Crying in H Mart

By Michelle Zauner
5
Rated by
Anonymous
Oct 3, 2022

Michelle Zauner tells a story of growing up Korean American in the states, and her bond with
her Korean mother, in a memoir of love, loss, and finding yourself. During her adolescence and
early adulthood, Michelle, a half-Korean and half-white girl, struggled: with her identity (was
she American or Korean?), with her family, and with her mom’s high expectations. But, while
Michelle and her mom didn’t have the best relationship growing up, there was one thing they
could always bond over: Korean food. As she grows up and begins to become more independent,

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