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Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
Young adult

Shout

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Quick take

An inspiring, no-holds-barred memoir from the best-selling author of Speak.

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    Feminist

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    Social issues

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    Famous author

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    Poetry

Why I love it

Etaf Rum
Author, A Woman Is No Man

“This is the story of a girl who lost her voice and wrote herself a new one.”

Growing up in an insular community, I often felt voiceless as a woman. Because I was afraid to speak up, I found myself resorting to books and stories to understand my place in the world. Whenever I witnessed injustices around me, I curled up inside of a book in an attempt to make sense of them. After years of being silenced, books helped me build the courage to share and tell these stories. This is the triumphant message in Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful new memoir, Shout.

Written in free verse, Anderson’s deeply personal stories ferociously confront the issues of rape, sexual abuse, and how society treats those who find the courage to speak up. In the book’s first half, Anderson recounts the events in her life that led to the writing of her best-selling novel Speak. The second half, which she calls a manifesto, is her empowering reflection on rape culture and the ways in which sexual violence has become rampant.

Anderson’s language is raw, moving, empowering, and full of anger. It’s as if she is using her words not only to call out injustices, but also to rewrite the narrative of her life. I hope that people will read her book and feel less alone. I know I did.

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Synopsis

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.

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243 ratings
  • 67% Love
  • 30% Like
  • 2% Dislike
  • Raeford, NC

    I really liked this book. I love prose style books like this. Parts of it were interesting and parts of it were a harder read, focusing on tops like rape, but I really how it made me think and reflect

  • Chicopee, MA

    I already read this when I ordered a BOTM copy. It’s a real great extension of Laurie Halse Anderson’s work, showing hints of the stories to come and how her life effected them, especially Speak.

  • Oceanside, CA

    Anderson shares her magnificent story about sexual abuse, family issues, self discovery and love through poetry that will have you saying “damn.” Her writing is lively and truly masterful.

  • Lubbock, TX

    LHAs novels are cumbersome. I remember reading speak at a young age and it affected me so much. After my own experience with s.a. Shout was hard but it also helped with my healing process.

  • Spring, TX

    A one-of-a-kind book by a phenomenal woman written in a compelling voice begging mankind to SHOUT! Full of life, words for the spirit, and a resounding voice. One of my favorites forever.

  • Rome, NY

    Thank you Laurie for having the courage to say what needs to be said and to be the voice that shouts from the rooftop for all survivors. We appreciate all that you do for us.

  • Michigan City, IN

    I read Speak as an awkward preteen girl, and reading Shout as a feminist woman in her 20s was really something. I love Laurie Halse Anderson and this book is so important

  • Wilmington, DE

    This book addressed Laurie Halse Anderson's own experiences. Having grown up with Speak, it was so eye-opening to see Anderson continue to critique society on this matter.

  • Glen Burnie, MD

    This book is so inspiring and let’s anyone who has been through something similar know that they are not alone and they are not defined by the traumas they have faced

  • Springfield, OR

    So amazing. Her book Speak changed my life when I was a teenager, and it's so wonderful to read SHOUT now after I've grown up a little and have that change my life too.

  • Methuen, MA

    After reading this book I just want to buy copies for all of my friends and make them read it. I felt very “seen” and I hope it helps others feel that way also.

  • Beavercreek, OH

    I read Speak when I was in middle school and it has stayed with me all these years. I’m now 23. I loved coming back to her story. It was written beautifully.

  • MACEDON, NY

    I found myself nodding, catching my breath, shedding tears, and underlining so many words and phrases as I read through this unique and powerful autobiography.

  • West Lafayette, IN

    Speak is one of my favorite books so to hear the autobiographical side of the story was really powerful. I also loved the choice to do it all in free verse.

  • Blairsburg, IA

    I could personally relate to the #MeToo aspect of this book, and as a high school ELA teacher, I have a waiting list for this book in my classroom library.

  • Gurnee, IL

    I loved the format (poetry) and that it was her true story. I would recommend reading Speak first just so you understand some of her references to it.

  • Philadelphia, PA

    This author can’t really write anything bad. This was beautifully written about her experiences with sexual abuse and as a woman. I loved this.

  • West Lebanon, NH

    Incredible raw and angry. Devastating. Beautiful poetry. The perfect companion to Speak. I loved this collection and want to share with everyone.

  • Riverside, IA

    Love, love, loved this book! This is necessary reading now and forever for everyone! Thanks to author for her strength in sharing her story.

  • Indianapolis, IN

    Beautiful yet humbling. An important read with an important message, one that everyone should stop and listen to.

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