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Amal Unbound: 07/01/19

Amal Unbound

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed is in a Pakistani village. Amal wants to be a teacher but her education is constantly curtailed by obligations to her family and her younger siblings. Then things get unimaginably worse when their landlord, a corrupt, terrible person, demands that Amal work at his house to pay down her family's debt.

The majority of the novel is set in the Khan estate where Amal is forced to work. There are rules to learn and she's cut off from her family. The visits she's been promised don't come. Her cell phone is taken away from her.

But it's at the house that she learns how far reaching the Khan's. They own most of the village. Through tenacity and brains Amal is able to collect the evidence needed to bring an end to their terrifying hold over the village.

There's an afterword that explains this novel was inspired by Malala Yousafzai's experiences. Amal's story while heart-stopping is watered down.It's more broadly about the plight girls and young women face in parts of the world when it comes to education.

Four stars

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