Award-winning Speak author Laurie Halse Anderson's New York Times bestselling poetic memoir and call to action, which garnered eight starred reviews!
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 critically acclaimed 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 among deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Praised as "captivating," "powerful," and "essential" by critics, this searing and soul-searching 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 voiceand once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.
|Publisher:||Gale, A Cengage Company|
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twisted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Content warnings include sexual assault, PTSD, war, physical abuse, fat shaming, alcohol and other drug use. “This is the story of a girl who lost her voice and wrote herself a new one.” The first section of this book is essentially memoir in free verse. Laurie takes the reader on a journey through a series of childhood memories; a father haunted by war when alcohol isn’t numbing his memories, a mother silenced, her own experiences of school, work and surviving sexual assault. I really loved reading about Laurie’s experience as an exchange student in Denmark and would happily devour as much information as I could about those 13 months; what I’ve read has sparked an interest in Danish culture. The second section, which begins almost two thirds of the way through the book, broke my heart as Laurie shared just a handful of stories about her interactions with other survivors, whose young bodies have been invaded and lives changed, most often by those they know and should have been able to trust. Although this section made me cry one of the things that got to me the most was something hopeful - the colourful ribbons tied to fences in Ballarat, Australia in support of the abused, which ultimately created Loud Fence. The images of those ribbons of support broke me. This section includes responses from readers, students who have heard Laurie speak, teachers and librarians; those who need to share their story, those who don’t understand what was so bad about Melinda’s experience in ‘Speak’, those who want to censor “inappropriate” reading material. I’m not sure how to sum up the third section other than to say that it was the shortest section but also the one in which I shed the most tears. Laurie’s final poems about her parents simply gutted me. Although it’s clearly stated in the blurb I still hadn’t thought there to be as much memoir as there was in this book. I’d expected a greater percentage of poems to be directly addressing sexual assault, even though there are plenty that do. When my expectations didn’t line up with reality I thought I’d be disappointed but I wasn’t and I’m already ready for a reread. I expect that I will revisit this book each time I read one of Laurie’s books that are mentioned here, to search out her favourite scenes and glimpses of the story behind the story. There’s a vulnerability here and it’s entwined with strength, determination, courage, resilience and so much compassion. While I finished this book with a contented sigh I’m still yearning for more. Thank you, Laurie, for sharing some of your life in this book, for breaking my heart, growing my empathy, giving me so many amazing passages to highlight and inspiring me. I will see you on Ultima Thule. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, for the opportunity to read this book.
Been years since I read Speak but I remembered liking the writing style. The movie was also good. This book, the writing style was good but sad.
Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of Speak, writes a poetic memoir of her life, and the things that made her come out and write Melinda's story. I picked this up kind of randomly at the library without knowing what it was about except that it was from the author of Speak, which I read about five years before, and that it was a memoir, which I've been reading a lot more of lately. It's a small book and also freestyle poetry, which I see from time to time but never bother to read, so I thought I'd give it a try for once. It turned out to be one of those books I didn't know I needed to read. I didn't think I'd relate but the topic was still important and relevant enough to read and I ended up realizing that I relate more than I'd like to. This is the kind of book that any female, and some males too, will relate to in some way no matter what. SHOUT was kind of hard-hitting and is a real life filled with real issues. This is every U.S. teen who struggled with poverty, broken homes, neglect, and abuse. This is every kid that stumbled along through school, failing at fitting in or making friends. This is every young girl or boy who's ever been assaulted or raped. This is a sea of voices who can't speak out, won't speak out, or have yet to speak out, and this author is speaking out for us by telling us her truth. Bless her. This was a really hard read. It's like reading someone's darkest truths. The ones that most people keep locked up and never speak of again. So much about this book was relatable for me, in so many ways. This felt like my childhood, my teen years, my life as a woman. The things that we don't talk about because we will be judged and blamed and shamed for them. She puts them all out there and lets us know that these things are not our fault. A must read. All the stars and more. CW for rape, assault, PTSD, substance abuse.
If you have read Speak, you know how Laurie can write. You know that she writes from the heart and what’s real, and this novel is no exception. This novel is not one that can be power-read at least, not for me. Laurie talks to us now about her own personal life, about her own issues and her stories are no different. You can’t help but feel the emotions that are present in each of the pieces that Laurie writes. There were a few pieces that I reread as they really spoke to me. I enjoyed the whole novel but I felt that her work in the second part of the novel was exceptional. These poems felt emotional charged and the energy flowing through them, surged. A fantastic novel by Laurie and I appreciate that she shared a personal side of herself with her readers.
Everyone should read this because we should all be co-conspirators to the honesty, to the horror and to the hope. If there were eight stars here--I'd give them all to you, Laurie, not just for the book, but for being brave enough to SHOUT and also for being someone who inspires the rest of us to speak. Thank you.