The Last Girl - Nadia Murad

The Last Girl

By Nadia Murad

  • Release Date: 2017-11-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 237 Ratings


WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE • In this “courageous” (The Washington Post) memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story.
Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon.
On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia’s brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade.
Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety.
Today, Nadia's story—as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi—has forced the world to pay attention to an ongoing genocide. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war.


  • Lost interest

    By KLSPJ
    There was way too much unnecessary information written which made the book hard to follow.
  • Thank You Nadia!

    By Happy! Me!
    This is a wonderful book in many, many ways. Nadia has shared her life with others many times and I am glad she has been successful in getting it in print. Heartbreaking and eye opening it is filled with hope.
  • You will sob over a dozen times

    By heidianderaon
    Despite this title, you will love this book. It’s a horrific, gruesome, beautiful and somber story about the author’s life before, during and after being an ISIS captive. It had myself and other readers in my book club wondering what we were doing or complaining about in 2014. It’s a harsh reality about the war in Iraq, but plants a burning seed in yourself to want to learn more about history in the Middle East. You will want to fight Nadia’s fight right alongside her. You will weep. You will count your blessings. And a fire will be lit inside of you.
  • The last girl

    By Nero_4204
    Heart breaking, as terrible as it was,what is a religion that allows and expects honor killings