Book Review – The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Hello, and welcome to my first book review. I realized that great books do a lot for me. They expose me and introduce me to different ideas, worlds, and sometimes take me out of my comfort zone and put me into the shoes of strong characters. This book did just that! However, before I get into my first book review, I would like to share why I am doing one in the first place.

Knowledge is power, and I believe this power should be shared with everyone. That’s why I started this blog in the first place. I wanted to create a platform where I can share my thoughts with various people. As well when I am older, I want to look back at how my thoughts, opinions, and personality changed over the years. Books are powerful. Literature has influenced society throughout history and it will continue to do so for eternity. Thus, I wanted to share some amazing books I have read and tell you all about what I took away from them. Besides, I wouldn’t have read this book if it wasn’t recommended to me by this upcoming creative blog, bitofbliss, created by two of my friends. So let me get into the book review.

The Pearl That Broke its Shell is a story about two strong women, Rahima and Shekiba, whose lives intertwine through the struggles they face growing up in a male-dominated society in Afghanistan. At a young age, both of the characters experience the expectations society imposes on them as females. The expectations, in reality, seem to be limitations that prevent girls from education and expression of individuality, unless they follow an ancient custom called bacha posh. The custom allows the young girls before the ages of womanhood to dress as boys which provides them with the freedom to attend school, explore childhood, and be a kid. However, both characters realize that this is only a temporary fix, once they are of the age of marriage, their lives change drastically.

Their stories are emotional, powerful and personally for me were eye-opening. As a male, the book challenged my views on male privilege and helped me understand the struggles that women undergo as they adjust to womanhood. I feel that sometimes we are blindsided by the comforts of our bubble and dont understand or see the struggles different people face around the world. Reading literature that exposes me to different cultures, countries, and traditions force me to step out of this bubble I have created for myself. This is why I would recommend this book to anyone, male or female, as it highlights issues that women face all around the world.

If I were to describe the book in three words, I would use, powerful, inspirational, and educational. Give the book a read and let me know what you think!

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