“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.”
This is the story of Nujood, obliged to marry at a very young age to a man of the triple of her age. This braves girl ends up saying no and running away, finding help in justice.
I’ve read this book twice and I truly enjoyed it both the times. Even though the theme itself is quite heavy, the book turns out to be so well written that it filled me with hope instead of despair.
It’s a very easy book to be read and I couldn’t help but keep going in order to rediscover what happens to Nujood’s family in the end.
I’ve also enjoyed how it portraits life in Yemen and lets the reader understand the context in which this action takes place, even though it’s all written from a child’s point of view. It’s obvious that Delphine helped a lot though the writing process. There are a lot of political issues that are mentioned in this book.
I recommend you all to read this book and to research more about children marriage in Yemen and in other countries, since it’s something that happens all over the world. If you can, help fighting this tradition that’s hurting so many children.
Yemen’s political situation is not the best as of march 2017 and I can’ help wandering what happened to Nujood since 2009. I hope she’s living as happy as possible and that she’s able to protect more kids from what has happened to her.