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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no. She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she’s told. After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she's determined to change from the spineless person she’s always been into the strong woman she wants to become. All she needs is a little practice.

On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she st
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Published August 16th 2015
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**I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.**

As children, we're conditioned to think that once we hit adulthood, we're going to know exactly what to do and how to handle ourselves in any given situation. All it takes is to hit that mystical, elusive number: eighteen. At least in the United States, turning eighteen is a rite of passage in and of itself, as we're now considered legal adults with a wide world of possibilities opening up solely due to our age.
Tough Critic Book Reviews
I almost fell....

Throughout the entire story, I was on the precipice of a cliff, coming dangerously close to falling in love with this book. Don't get me wrong, just because I didn't fall doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading Outspoken. In fact, it has been far too long since I've engaged in a good ole contemporary YA-romance. I definitely enjoyed the experience.

At first, the book started off a little slow, I felt like too much was being told to me. I wanted to actually be involved in the story,
This book is a very cute contemporary read about one girl’s journey of self-discovery and learning to stand up for herself and stop pleasing everyone else and just please herself. It’s a short, quick, simple read, one you could finish in a day if it’s a lazy Sunday or if you’re avoiding all manner of responsibility like I was.

Penny used to do everything because she was trying to please everyone else. She got a black car as her sister thought it was a cool colour, she was going to study chemisty
Mikayla Gray
I received a free copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Outspoken is a rather charming tale of a teenage girl at a crossroads in her life between childhood and adulthood. Penny is someone I think pretty much all of us can relate too at one time or another. She lives her life for other people, allowing their expectations to shape her life. After her inability to say no finally costs her more than she expected, she decides to postpone college, up sticks and move to ano
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, it’s my first review request! *ecstatic happy dancing* I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was when I received this email. That being said, my opinions regarding this book are completely my own, as my reviews always are.

The Characters: I think Penny is someone we can all relate to one way or another, which is very important in a novel in my opinion. Penny was at a time in her life where she was very uncertain and hesitant when making decisions because the last big one she
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review also appears on my blog, Reading with Jenna.

I received an electronic copy of Outspoken from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love reading YA contemporary books and just the synopsis of this book told me that Outspoken would be right up my alley. I love a good coming-of-age book where there’s a lot of great character growth.

Penny has always done what other people tell her to do. She lets others make big decisions for her and she’s never spoken her own mind. She appli
Oct 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review also posted at My Midnight Musing

I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Penny Beck is the kind of girl who puts everyone’s needs before her own, this means that more often enough she says yes when she means no. Having graduated from high school, Penny decides that she no longer wants to be the girl that bends to everyone else’s will and embarks on a journey that takes her away from everything she’s know so she can finally find her own voice.

Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy Moses y’all. I just finished reading this book, and all I could say was, “This is me. Penny is ME!” Like, absolutely, to the core, this character is ME. Penny’s people-pleasing personality was mine growing up. And once you start down that path, it is so hard to stop. Life is easier when everyone else is making your choices for you…except when it’s not. So, Penny makes one huge decision, which is not what everyone else wants from her, and begins her mission to ‘practice’ being herself for th ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not usually inclined towards coming-of-age novels but this book had me hooked right from the beginning! It had real characters and totally not stereotypical. The story was not too tragic for her to change but she wants to.

I loved Penny as she and I are very similar: we’re both 18, trying to grow up but when we finally do, it’s usually looked down upon (at least for me) and the struggles. She has seven younger siblings and sh
YA Contemporary is one of my all-time favorite genres. When I was contacted by Lora Richardson to read Outspoken in exchange for a review, I knew that I wanted to see what a new writer in the genre could do with it. Although my rating is 3 stars (though it’s really more like 3.5), I enjoyed a lot about it and wish I could give it a higher rating.

Penny Beck says yes a lot, no matter how much she wants to say no. Meaning, she kind of just does what everyone else wants her to do and doesn’t speak u
Bridget O'Toole
I received an eCopy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Outspoken follows Penny Beck, a recent high school graduate who is looking to find her backbone and herself. She is sick of always saying yes to others when what she really means is no. Penny vows to change and become more outspoken (title drop…hehe), and the only way she sees that happening is if she packs up and leaves home–surrounding herself with people that don’t know her, people that can become “practice frien
Eve (Functioning Insanity Reviews)

Rating: 5 Stars

Outspoken is a story of Penny, the girl who like many say yes when she really means no. She keeps to herself, follows rules, and is a good girl. After an eye opening experience she is determined to change her ways. She wants to build a back bone and be the strong woman she dreams of and the best way to do that is to practice. So moving cross-country to check on her grandpa she decides to try out her whole bolder and more outspoken attitude
Ashley Urquhart
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought this book definitely had a lot of things going for it. The pacing was great and I felt like Penny was a pretty relatable character–she just seemed so normal. I liked that she was trying to reinvent herself a bit because I think that’s something that a lot of girls try to do whether it be when they leave for college or some other time. The idea that you’ll finally be able to be who you want to be once you get away from the people who have known you forever is one that I think a lot of p ...more
Alicja P
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to start of by saying that I am so glad that I received a copy of this book from the author because I’m not sure I would have found it myself and it was spectacular. If after reading the brief synopsis you’re like me and are thinking that this is another typical finding yourself type of YA story then like me, you’d be wrong. It’s so much more! Maybe it’s because I can see a bit of my 18 year old self in Penny but I just loved her. I think so many people can relate to what she’s feeling. T ...more
Outspoken is a YA novel set in America which follows the story of Penny, who travels across the states to try and start a new life whilst looking after her Grandpa who has fast developing dementia. She wants to try and become a more headstrong woman who can learn how to say no, and not agreed to everything. When Penny starts to meet new people, she stumbles across Archer, who later becomes the love interest of the book with a sticky past. Although having a slightly more interesting concept, this ...more
This review was originally posted on [] sorry Outspoken is a cute fast NA read. Is it life changing and super powerful? No, but I don't need every book I read to be. Sometimes I just want to read a nice story and this was one of those. World building was well done, pacing was solid and the characters were developed well. The sidekicks were particularly well done and provided some nice comic and emotional support. The love interest was the required dreamy and deep. The family was pu ...more
Haley Keller
This is another one of those books lately where it was okay, but I just didn't get into it very much. I'm starting to wonder if it's entirely me or the books. I don't know. What I can tell you is that at times, it was just really hard for me to get into Outspoken. There were points in the book where I got caught up in how cute Penny and Archer were together, but a couple of pages later I was struggling to stay as into the book.

I liked the concept of Penny wanting to use the summer to actually sp
Xandra (Literary Legionnaire)
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Outspoken was nice and quick read. It took a few chapters for me to get into the story, but I overall enjoyed it.

My favorite part of the novel was definitely the characters. They all had such unique backstories and personalities, and it was really interesting to learn about their quirks. On the other hand, however, their interactions with each other were a bit forced and the flow seemed a bit off. Speaking of which, the chapters sometimes cut off in th
alice (arctic books)
Review originally posted on

Thank you to the author for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

OUTSPOKEN was a cute, fun read that focuses on a girl’s development of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Penny is someone who, at the start of the novel, has only a slimmer of the ability to stand up for herself. She is ultimately a people-pleaser, but her decision to be more assertive and confident allows her to change for the better. She mov
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For those of you who are considering to read this novel there are major trigger warnings for rape. It is mentioned twice in the book, once at 41% and once near the end, probably around 86%.
I really liked this one. I had a couple issues with some of the dialogue and the tone, but the majority it was a good novel. If you are looking for a book that shows good character growth and has a main character who is learning to
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like any normal teenage girl, I'm spending my Friday evening sitting in my cutsie little chair with a glass of tea that just a tad too sweet (whoops), reviewing a book for you...and apparently flirting with my computer screen....Yup, typical fifteen-year-old girl behavior...Isn't that what everyone my age is doing now a days? No? Well, they're missing out on all the fun.....At least my new BBF ( Book Boyfriend) is here....Archer. Talk about gorgeousness. I'm such a lucky girl, I know.
When my mom
Rachel Geiger
I'm really glad that I had the chance to read this book! Based on the description alone, I could tell that this was a story right up my alley. There is no love triangle and there is a beautiful balance of family dynamics and female and platonic female-male friendships. This book was definitely really great based on the writing and how I personally was able to connect with the characters.

Penny and Archer were great characters on their own, but they were even better together. I loved how slowly b
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves contemporary fiction
Shelves: r4r

Outspoken by Lora Richardson is a great book. I really enjoyed reading it.

Penny Beck just graduated from high school. She changed her mind about going to college at the last minute, and is now spending her summer with her grandpa. He has dementia and needs someone to watch him. Penny gets to his town and decides to be more sure of herself, and not just do what others want
Kristina Aziz
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to sit on this book for a while before posting a review. Usually I have strong feelings, or at least a gut feeling, about a book halfway through. This one I read all the way through and stared at it, postponing the review again and again.

So let's start with the basics and get more defined from there. I didn't in any way dislike this book. At the same time I wasn't jumping with excitement to turn the pages. My hands turned with the pace of the book which was even, not rushed but not really
Diana Cardenas
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sent-books

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
This book is about a girl (Penny) who leaves her home and family to live alone, well close to her grandfather so she can check up on him and see if he needs help, since he is sick, but mostly she “escaped” her life and responsibilities, her parents expect her to go to college on the fall, and the truth is she didn´t want that for herself.

This novel shows the life of a teenager/new adult and all the problems that people go through, it shows
Boundless Book Reviews
This was a typical coming of age story. A young girl graduates and decides to leave home to figure out what she wants to do with her life, She is planning to reinvent herself.

Honestly, Penny was a very relatable character. Any young woman can relate to her feelings. I know I did. This book was really sad to me though. She leaves home to not only find herself, but to also care for her grandfather who is slowly losing his mind to Alzheimers. Penny's story is sad in itself and then her grandfathers
Juliana Mae
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Outspoken is the first book I've won from a Goodreads contest! So, I was super excited about that. Penny sounded like someone I could relate to, and she definitely was.
I loved this book. I loved that it was set in a small beach town in South Carolina. I loved the love story. I wish I had the guts to be Penny. Her relationship with Archer is goals, and I loved how basically every character in the book we were introduced to, we got to know. She clicked with most of the people and they all became a
McKenzie Allyshia
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Outspoken is a fun and quick read that easily captures and keeps your attention. Following along with Penny on her journey of self-discovery reminded me so much of when I was growing up and learning to be comfortable in my own skin. I felt so incredibly nostalgic while reading. The main and supporting characters are amazing and each one is easy to relate to in some way or another. Each character also brings a different personality and background to the story and easily gives the book more depth. ...more
Jennifer Stranger
This is a fresh take on a "coming-of-age" book. Penny (like so many young women) has always done what was expected of her. She decides that she must begin to make decisions based on what SHE wants after she graduates from high school. A cross-country trip to see her grandfather brings her unexpected friendships and her ability to stick with her own choices is tested. Her relationship with her grandfather shifts from one of a child/grandfather to a deeper adult relationship.

This is a fantastic f
Kelly Sage
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read. I appreciated the female protagonist and plot development that encouraged Penny to continue to grow strong due to her decisions and without being saved by a boy. The relationship between Penny and her grandfather was also beautiful. It was nice to see a young character connecting with elders in such a positive way. Recommend for middle/high schoolers and adults.
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