Recent Read: Shout

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating ✰4✰

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A searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

This is the first non-fiction book written in verse that I’ve read. The way language is used in this format of book always move me more than standard prose. This was no exception. This tells about the author being raped and what she did to heal herself to be able to go on with her life and eventually become a writer. A writer that told stories to make other girls and boys feel safe telling her what happened to them. I hated hearing about how she was treated by men and her family. I understood how her family could not be there for her when she needed them most and yet she still felt close to them at other times. It could have been the way it was told, but the book felt sort of meandering. Jumping around from one thing to another. That could have been intentional, but either way it pulled me out of the story from time to time. Overall I am glad I read this book. I love the way the language in this book make me feel things so strongly.

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