Before you go and read my book review, I want to let you know, this is a heartbreaking book. One that no one should have to pick up, yet a book everyone should read.
Nadia was like any other Yazidi girl. Large family, responsible for chores, went to school, and was proud of her religion. However, ISIS had other plans.
One day Nadia was happy with her home life. She loved her mother and her family. Even though her father put the family through some hard times, her mother kept them happy and together. One day, they noticed life changing. From some missing people, to the animals and eventually a siege around her community. At first everyone was scared, but they remained together. Slowly as the siege went on, the community did nothing more than watch TV and exists. As they began to physically waken, ISIS made their move.
It was a slow move. At first they captured everyone. They created groups and rounded them up again. Made more groups and rounded up different groups. One thing let to the next and sadly Nadia became a slave of the worst kind. This is what ISIS had planned. ISIS wanted nothing more than to humiliate and torture anyone following the Yazidi faith.
Reading The Last Girl is a humbling experience. While I feel bad and wanted to cry for Nadia, at the same time, I felt proud of her. She came out of a dark place and is making the world a better place. It is people like Nadia that show the world there is hope for survival.
In America, we are protected by so many human rights laws, it is not every day we are hit with reality.In order to help create a humble experience for our older teens, I would have them read this book. After they are finished, let them do research and see how they can help support a good cause. Sometimes all it takes is some awareness to make the world a better place.
My Overall Opinion
Listening to the news, I have always known ISIS was bad. After reading, The Last Girl, I felt sick to my stomach. In life, we can all hate and not like another person. However, to ruin a life for one reason is inexcusable. Reading this book took me out of my comfort zone and opened up my eyes to a whole new world I hoped did not exist. I would recommend more people read The Last Girl. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of exposure to make a difference in the lives of others.