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I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

by Jennifer Donovan

I am Nugood, Age 10 and Divorced is the true story of Nujood Ali (as told to Delphine Minoui).

That’s right, by the age of 10, this young girl from Yemen had been given in marriage by her own father to a man three times her age. He promised not to be with her sexually until after one year after she started her period, but he did not keep this promise. When Nujood tried to resist him, he began beating her.

iamnujoodAfter a few months, the only refuge she found was on the rare opportunity that her husband let her visit home. It was on one of these visits that she decided to try to get a divorce.

I don’t know if you like using books as I do — like a window — but this book offered a peek into Yemen and a surprising look at practices that I didn’t know still occur today. The story was not told to criticize the culture, but to shine the light on one girl’s sad story. I also appreciated the fact that while this is something that none of us can image happening to our own daughters, it wasn’t told in a sensationalist way. Most importantly, it was an inspiring look at the courage of a young girl to fight against that which she knew was wrong.

Her story has attracted worldwide attention and has been translated into 16 languages. She was named to be a Woman of the Year in 2008 by Glamour magazine, alongside others such as Hillary Clinton.

Because of her courageous act, other young girls are speaking out, and countries are even making laws to protect girls who should never be forced to marry.

In spite of a few difficult passages, this is an inspiring and eye-opening story told in Nujood’s own words. It’s a short easy read that would interest women and teens as well.

Nujood’s proceeds for the book are financing her and her sister’s education, and will hopefully help Nujood achieve her dream of becoming a lawyer so that she can help other girls.

We have three copies to give away . Just leave a comment if you’d like to enter. The winners will be announced in next Monday’s book review column.

We do not have a winner to announce, because last week’s giveaway of the Princess and Pirate Potty books (and a Target gift card!) is still open — so enter now!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

Reviewed by book blogger Jennifer Donovan, managing editor of 5 Minutes for Books and Snapshot blogger.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 phyllis February 22, 2010 at 12:11 am

I would very much like to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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2 Barbie February 22, 2010 at 1:12 am

WOW, I would love to read this book. Thank you!

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3 Lorri February 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

This would be a very interesting and eye opening read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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4 stephanie myers February 22, 2010 at 1:32 am

i’d love to read this book; i did hear about her divorce when it made headlines a while back…

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5 Miki February 22, 2010 at 1:36 am

I would like to read this book and learn more about this courageous girl’s story. Miki

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6 Mary M. February 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

I am beginning to work on a project that deals with a somewhat similar kind of child abuse, so this would be a fascinating read.

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7 Kerry Ellington February 22, 2010 at 5:17 am

I would most definitely love a copy of this book. I can’t imagine having to go through what this young lady went through at such a young age.

Thanks for this post.

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8 Anjie February 22, 2010 at 5:45 am

I would like to win this book. Thank you for this giveaway.

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9 se7en February 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

Oh I just have to read that book… Looks like a really important read!

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10 Kirsten T. February 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

Wow, powerful!! Definitely will read regardless if I win! Thanks.

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11 Fabian-Christopher February 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

Hi Janice & susan, i trekked all the way over to your site, from a recent link from Chris Brogan. That book does seem interesting ( yes, i know,i know (lol) some guys do actually read stuff like that :) ).
Love your site,
Fabes

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12 Donna C. February 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

I would like to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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13 Kati February 22, 2010 at 8:07 am

This would be an interesting book to see other parts of how the world works.

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14 monica February 22, 2010 at 8:18 am

this looks like an important book

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15 Jennifer February 22, 2010 at 8:35 am

I would love to read this book. It reminds me of work by Nawal El Saadawi. If you are not familiar with her, she is another great author to investigate who speaks out on this important topic.

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16 Tina February 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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17 Sarah at themommylogues February 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

This would be a very good book!

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18 Julia February 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

I love learning about the Middle East and women’s plight in particular.
julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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19 Magi February 22, 2010 at 9:47 am

I would love to win a copy for my classroom. I teach at a high school.

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20 Hailey February 22, 2010 at 10:26 am

Very interesting! I’d love to read this book.

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21 Marilyn February 22, 2010 at 10:32 am

Your summary really caught my interest! I have a daughter who has worked in 5 different African countries and women are treated so differently there. I love to read and this book looks like one I would like to read

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22 Andria February 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

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23 Alicia The Snowflake February 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

Sounds like a great book. I would love to win. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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24 Mel H February 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm

This sounds interesting and I’d love a chance to read this

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25 Kim February 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

This seems like an amazing book! If I don’t win I’m going to get it.

What a great giveaway!

Kim
The Misplaced Midwesterner
<a href="http://themisplacedmidwesterner.blogspot.com&quot;

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26 Michelle Pixie February 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

This is a book I would definitely be interested in reading!

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27 Joan February 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm

This is hard to fathom in our part of the world, so Nujood’s story should speak to many. Although, I’m sure victims of child abuse could relate to her story.

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28 SANDY February 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm

would love this

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29 Shannon Baas February 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Looks like it would be interesting.

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30 Stacey February 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Wow – I can’t imagine. Sounds like an intriguing read.

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31 Milcah February 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

This sounds like a very interesting read.

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32 Jen February 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Very interesting… unimaginable to me thankfully!

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33 Jo February 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Would like to win this book
jceko77@yahoo.com

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34 Renee C February 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I would like to read this.

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35 StacyH February 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Would love to read this. Thanks!

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36 Annette W February 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

This looks amazingly eye-opening. I’d like to win it!

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37 Amy from Occupation: Mommy February 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

This sounds really interesting, I would love to read it!

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38 cher February 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I too use books a window and love to get lost in them and read about basically everything. I would love to read this book and learn more.

ckachelmuss at gmail.com

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39 Some Lucky Dog February 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I’d be really interested in reading her story, how sad…

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40 edj February 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I used to live in Mauritania, where child marriage isn’t as common as in Afghanistan and Yemen, but still happens. My daughter got many marriage proposals while she was between the ages of 4 and 10. A friend told of her aunt and uncle, who married off her 11 year old cousin without telling the girl, just let the man in one night. When the child screamed, he said, “I’m your husband.”
Shocking right? But what was interesting was that my friend was shocked too. Things are changing, but these things take time.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to read this book!!!

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41 Cee February 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I would be interested to read this book, as I know nothing of the culture in which this woman was raised. Thank you for this opportunity.

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42 Karna February 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm

She certainly had courage — so many hard, hard things happening to children.

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43 Sharazad February 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I definitely love to use books as a window. I want to read this.

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44 Beth February 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Please enter me for this book. Sounds so interesting.

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45 Linda Kish February 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I would like to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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46 Just Mom February 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

This book sounds like an eye-opener and perfect for the Women Unbound challenge. Please enter me.

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47 Lisa B. February 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I would like to read this. Thank you!

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48 Sarah E February 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Please enter me in this giveaway!

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49 Kristen Gleason February 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I also love to use books as a window to another world. I hope I win! :)

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50 Lena February 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I would love to read this book!

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51 Renee' February 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This sounds like an intense book ~ I can’t imagine being 10 and having to face what she has!

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52 Ema February 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

oh, I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book.

What a brave and intelligent girl!

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53 brooke February 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Sounds fascinating! Please enter me!

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54 * TONYA * February 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

What a courageous girl. I cannot even begin to fathom what she went through at such a young age. She is such an inspiration.

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55 Wanda February 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I would absolutely love to be entered in your draw for this remarkable book. Thanks!

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56 www.fromdiaperstodorms.com February 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm

We would be very interested in receiving a copy of this book to read. I am sure our friends would value the opportunity to read it as well, so if we win, we’ll probably pass it on to them after we’re done too. Thanks for the chance to win.

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57 veterankindergartenteacher February 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

What a touching story! I am going to have to buy this book. Thanks so much for sharing.

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58 Bay February 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Thanks for the entry. Would definitely be eye-opening for me.

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59 susan varney February 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm

i love to read mverno@roadrunner.com

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60 Jaclyn February 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Wow. Sounds like an amazing story.

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61 Danielle Crown February 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

this book looks great! i just read precious the book (saphire) and i want to read this one now too!

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62 Nadia February 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Wow, sounds like an incredible story written by an amazing woman. Would love to win!

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63 Christine February 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Wow, what an amazing story. I’m glad that because of her book, other girls are speaking out.

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64 Aura February 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I just read the kite runner and really enjoyed learning about other cultures I would really like to read this book

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65 erin February 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

this sounds like a very heart wrenching but good book

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66 Tracy February 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Would very much like to read this book!

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67 Hannah February 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Looks interesting. I’d like to read it.

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68 Eos Mom February 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Sounds fascinating, count me in. Thanks!

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69 Upstatemomof3 February 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Oh I would absolutely love to read this book. I read a book called Princess about a Saudi Arabian princess a few years ago. It was eye opening, heart wrenching and phenomenal!

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70 Jody February 23, 2010 at 12:40 am

I would love to read this book. It isdefinately one I would enjoy and share with my other family members. Fingers crossed on this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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71 DuongSheahan February 23, 2010 at 12:54 am

This is shocking, and unfathomable!
I would love to read this story.

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72 Eva SB February 23, 2010 at 5:40 am

This sounds like an inspiring, though not easy, read.

It anyone is looking for something similar I would recommend Infidel.

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73 Kristenkj February 23, 2010 at 5:53 am

Sounds very interesting. I have a 9 year old, I can’t even imagine giving her in marriage next year.

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74 Paula Kiger February 23, 2010 at 6:43 am

I’d love to read this, and possibly to recommend it to my book club! Please include me in the drawing for the free book. Thanks for making us aware of it!

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75 Michele Anne February 23, 2010 at 7:51 am

would love to read this….will suggest it my book discussion group…sign me up to win

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76 Nicole C. February 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

I would love to read this book!!

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77 Monika February 23, 2010 at 9:26 am

Wow, very interesting book. I would like to win and read it :-)

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78 Angie February 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

I definitely would love to read this. It will probably make me cry!

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79 Tracey February 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

As a woman and mother to two daughters (one due on April 1st) I would love to read this book. Thank you.

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80 mary February 23, 2010 at 11:54 am

Please enter me into the book give-away. I never read books unless it’s a good story. I think this is a book I would not put down until I finish reading it. I will be praying for all the children in the world. Thanks for opening my eyes.

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81 Ellen C. February 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I’d like to read this book. Thanks for the chance.

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82 katklaw777 February 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I’d like to read this amazing story, thanks.

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83 LaVonne
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February 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Wow! What a difficult story to read, I think. But it would be interesting and eye opening. Thanks for the chance to win.

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84 Melissa Nunley February 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

This sounds like a great read :0 Thanks for the chance

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85 Anna McMullen February 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

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86 hippie4ever February 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I would love to read this book thanks

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87 Lisa February 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

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88 clenna in NH February 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

This culture is fascinating how it treats its young girls. I’d love to read it.

clena at aol dot com

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89 Myra February 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I would love to win this book!

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90 Sarah February 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Sounds like a moving book, I’d love to win it.

Sarah
SeekingHim @ gmail dot com

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91 Mari February 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

I would love to read this thank you for the chance to win
proudmommari83@hotmail.com

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92 Jen February 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

This looks like a fascinating book.

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93 Stacy February 23, 2010 at 9:56 pm

This looks like it would be a very interesting read.

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94 Stephanie February 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

The premise of the story makes my heart ache. And…it makes me angry and sad that a little girl could be treated that way. I sincerely hope she finds hope, healing, strength, and opportunity in the years ahead.

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95 Stacy February 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I subscribe via google reader.

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96 Jen B February 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Would love to read this. Thanks.

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97 Angela Bailey February 24, 2010 at 5:10 am

I would love to read this. I find myself complaining about my life so much and why won’t my boyfriend marry me already so this would be an eye opener.

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98 The Diaper Diaries February 24, 2010 at 7:06 am

Please enter me, this book sounds amazing.

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99 Barb S. February 24, 2010 at 9:07 am

It sounds sad and interesting at the same time!!! I would like to win this book!!!

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100 Katie Talbott February 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

Sounds like a sad yet good read.

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101 Nancy S. February 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

The word “divorced” makes me feel heartache but to add “10″ to that!? I don’t know that I’d enjoy reading it but I believe it would be a very grounding book. I am so blessed. I just need to realize it more often.
Please enter me in your giveaway!

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102 Rachel February 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

I love using books to gain understanding of cultures that are different than the one I am used to. This book sounds so interesting. I haven’t heard of it before but I’m definitely going to check it out.

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103 chris February 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm

We have issues similar to this in our school district (different country, same type of abuse). I’d love to win a copy.

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104 Wendy February 24, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Please enter me. Thanks for the chance.

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105 Tara February 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I would love to read this book. It reminds me (generally) of A Thousand Splendid Suns. I’m so glad she freed herself.

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106 Wani February 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

wow! What a powerful story!

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107 Winning Readings February 25, 2010 at 10:30 am

Sounds like an interesting read!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/02/i-am-nujood-age-10-and-divorced.html

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108 marci February 25, 2010 at 11:16 am

Wow–this would be an eye opening book to read. Count me in!

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109 Tawnya Ruby February 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

WOuld love to read this. Thanks!

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110 Becca Huben February 25, 2010 at 3:38 pm

This looks like a fascinating read – I would love to win!

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111 Sarah February 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Sounds like an interesting book to read.

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112 Melissa February 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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113 Marc Kelly February 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

This looks like it could be a deep read and very thought provoking.

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114 Melanie February 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a really eye-opening book!

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115 Katie February 26, 2010 at 12:42 am

What a courageous little girl, she should be playing with dolls and drawing pictures not having to deal with this.

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116 Mariag February 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

I would love to read this book. Please enter me to win.

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117 Benita G . February 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

What a remarkable yet unthinkable story. I’d love to read this book. Thanks for the possibility.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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118 Bebemiqui February 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Sounds like an interesting read, count me in.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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119 Petula February 26, 2010 at 10:20 pm

What an amazing story. So young and so much to have endured. I would love to win a copy of this. It sounds like a great testimony of courage and strength.

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120 jessica February 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

This sounds so interesting! Please enter me:)

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121 carol ~ February 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Oh my gosh. How awful. This is great to get this stroy out there!

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122 Kate February 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I would love to win a copy of this!

bkwrm333 {AT} yahoo.com

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123 Amanda Barnes February 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

This sounds like a great book! I’d love to be able to read this story.

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124 Lisa Williams February 28, 2010 at 12:34 am

Sounds like a very interesting book.

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125 Ed Nemmers February 28, 2010 at 1:06 am

Yes, please enter me!

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126 Susan Smith February 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

Sounds like a great book.

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127 Lex February 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I would like a chance to win.

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128 Chrysa February 28, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Looks really interesting! Thanks for the giveaway!

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129 Angela Winesburg February 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I’d love to read this, thanks for the chance!

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130 cass February 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Would like to win this for my friend Laura who likes to read

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131 Angie P February 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I’d like to read this book~ thank you :)

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132 Amy March 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I’d love to read this book!

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133 Suzette March 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Hi. I was trying to find an on-line review of this book and came across your web-site. I can’t wait to read this book and would love to win it too!Thanks for the contest.
Cheers!!!

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134 Cristal August 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I’d love to read this book.

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135 Divorce Lawyer Singapore February 5, 2014 at 6:18 am

Yes, This story will definitely encourage our youth population specially young girls. There are many countries in the world which enforces girl child marriage to a man who is 3 or 4 times older than that girl. I want to tell you that child marriage is illegal in all countries. It’s a crime to do such type of offence. Stop doing this type of nonsense with your children. They are very small for marriage. This kind of illegal marriage also affecting their mind’s thinking. Thanks for sharing such social article with us.

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