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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  647 ratings  ·  212 reviews
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 Spea
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Published March 12th 2019 by Penguin Young Readers Group
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Laurie Anderson
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My truth.
Hannah Greendale
Part One (roughly the first half of the book) drones on, but Part Two and Three bring thunder and rage and unapologetic ferocity to the issue of sexual abuse, rape, and the unforgivable way society treats women (and men) who find the courage to come forward and speak the truth.
the question is born out of true confusion
no one ever told him the rules of intimacy
or the law, his dad only talks about condoms
with a "don't get her pregnant" warning
his mom says "talk to your father"
so he watches a lot
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.
I expect I’m one of the only ones reading SHOUT before they’ve read Speak. I’ve had Speak on my ‘I absolutely have to read this book’ list for as long as I can remember but still haven’t read it. I searched my local library for it but they don’t own it. I tried for several years to buy it on Kindle but it wasn’t
Ashleigh Rose
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“too many grown-ups tell kids to follow their dreams / like that’s going to get them somewhere / Auntie Laurie says follow your nightmares instead / cuz when you figure out what’s eating you / you can slay it” || Thank you for having the courage to lead the way in this work, @halseanderson. Your bravery and words are an eternal gift to us all; I am thankful to have your torch blazing a path for us and igniting the sparks within us. 🔥 💛3.12.19 #SHOUT
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you, like me, read YA looking for excellence, Shout is the book not to be missed. If you get an audio version read by the author, even better. (The best if you listen to it at 1.25 speed).

Half memoir, half a work of advocacy for sexual assault survivors, it grew on me the more I listened to it. It is written in verse, and I personally didn't think it was always effective, especially in the memoir part. In fact, I thought verse short changed Anderson's auto-biographical narrative that would ha
This searing, timely, timeless memoir in verse will sweep every "best of" in 2019.

This is Laurie's story, about being a survivor, about being a woman, about being an advocate who is passionate about young people, about intellectual freedom, and about being the best people we can all possibly be. It's angry and it's hopeful. It's sad and it's powerful. It's real and raw.

The verse is flawless. It adds movement and clarity. It is exactly what it wants to be: a shout, not a whisper.

Put it on your
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2019's first superstar. LHA has long been known as a rockstar of consent, a revealer of truths for teens, and in Shout, she gets very personal with her own story--her childhood, her own sexual assault and recovery, and her journey to the writing life. I was left with the tiniest sense of the weight she must carry, as holder of all those secrets of her readers, and the dynamo of her power.

Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cc @halseanderson I’m utterly gobsmacked. SHOUT is outstanding, profoundly moving work that will have you crying on one page while raising your fist in defiance and strength on the next. This is a phenomenal book; I can say that reading it changed me for the better.

Five trillion stars, Laurie Halse Anderson. ❤❤❤
With her follow up to SPEAK, Laurie Halse Anderson once again puts forth a powerful piece of literature filled with compelling prose along with fierce dialog. Anderson successfully pulls back the tragic layers to the continual occurrences of rape, sexual assault, misogyny and all too often "turning a blind eye" and "victim blaming". As our country begins to heal and educate itself through the ME TOO movement, we are witness to protests, demonstrations and conversation with the hopes of no longer ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
**I listened to the audio and later read the book. I preferred the audio.

Laurie Halse Anderson didn’t just write a memoir in verse, she a poet, whose voice drips the poetry of youthful innocence and pain.

Childhood set her up to be victimized by It, the boy who raped her, the way girls and women were subservient to boys and men. I know this because I was born in 1964, two or three years after Anderson. As I listened to her narrating the gem she titled SHOUT, tears pricked my eyes, because her ex
Empowering memoir in verse. Releases 3/12/2019 and when it does, I’m buying my own copy so I can write in the margins and underline quotes. I was lucky enough to read an ARC. I highly recommend it for all high school collections and it also has incredibly strong adult appeal. Every word matters - stories matter - life stories matter. Get this book into as many hands as you can. This is more than a call-to-action. This is a battle cry.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what made me cry more: the ragged grace of the prose, or Laurie Halse Anderson's gut-wrenching life story. In a collection that feels both autobiographical and impersonal, Laurie's life journey is mixed with her thoughts on rape culture, declarations of belonging, redemption, and hope for anyone who has suffered at the hands of another. She pulls no punches, and it can be unbearably hard to read, but this is one of the most important gifts we can give to the generations to come.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, memoir, poetry
This was the first Laurie Halse Anderson Book I read. It definitely will not be my last. Like Jacqueline Woodson, she writes in a way that lets me overcome my own personal issues with poetry (a high school teacher forcing us to find the true “meaning” of a poem, rather than allowing us to get lost in the words). Unfortunately, far too many of us have stories like Laurie’s. Fortunately, we can all find kinship and hope in her words.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made my heart break and mend and break and mend and mend and mend.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hear you, Laurie. I wonder if all our screams were raised at once, would the ground burst, enflamed with ragefire? These poems are embers kindled in the fifth chamber of your heart. It's an honor, by the way, to live there with you. Now, it's time to hone the words we never spoke, sharpened bones elongated across pages, until the world is finally ready to listen. Tears glisten. All the words flooding, waterfall strong, everything we cannot find adequate words to express what we mean, how it fe ...more
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Mar 07, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
‘Shout is for survivors, for abusers and assaulters, for consenting young men and women, for gatekeepers unwilling to let sex through. Immensely powerful, Shout is for everyone…. as bold (and beautiful) as the title suggests.’
Shelf Awareness, starred review

‘Shout is Anderson’s reckoning; it follows a hurting cry to the universe that turns into a hard-won path to healing and ultimately unfolds into a powerful call to action...With Speak, Anderson opened the door for more novels exploring the dee
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Powerful and Empowering. 💕
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guys, this book. It seeped into my soul and held on so tightly there were times I couldn’t breathe and times I felt so incredibly seen. Laurie’s got a gift. Dive in and feel the catharsis.

Written in verse, Laurie Halse Anderson proves once again that through her writing and her novels, she gives many of her silent readers a voice.

Highly recommend reading Speak, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory first, as there are references to those characters and stories in this book.

face my truth
This is not
a resting bitch face

This is
a touch-me-and-you-die-face
Christine Stamper
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found myself a bit confused by this text. Some moments are beautiful and poignant, while others have seemingly random poems put together in no logical order. I think some guidance on what the three parts that divide the text are suppose to be could guide expectations and readers. (For instance, Part One seems very much Anderson's early life and rape that lead to her writing Speak. Part
Two is the aftermath of the book? Arguing for its existence? A needed conversation that needed more support. P
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There aren't enough words for how much I love Laurie Halse Anderson as an author and as a person. She advocates for teachers, but most importantly she advocates for kids--especially kids who need an advocate. This book, though, is so powerful. She's awesome when she speaks, but she's extraordinary when she shouts.
Molly Dettmann
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fascinating read. I felt so many emotions. Laurie Halse Anderson is a master with words. I loved learning more about her life growing up and after she published Speak (the part about the National Book Award dinner was so good!). The entire memoir felt like a literal shout. Anderson shouts about the pain her readers have suffered because of assault or rape. She shouts for herself and other survivors rebuilding their lives. She shouts against the schools who pull fire alarms instea ...more
Kara Belden
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word: POWERFUL. There is not a more fitting title for a book. This book gave me all the feels - disgust, defeat, discomfort, anger, nostalgia. This book provides so much to think, and talk, and shout about.

I loved the poems alluding to her other works. A delightful surprise! :)
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, ya
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Speak 15 years ago and it saved my life. Shout means so much to me. Thank you Laurie for sharing your truth and for calling me and her and him and them and us to action. Thank you for your words/blood/sweat/tears/soul. I checked this one out from the library I work in but I think I’ll buy a copy to read a second time around (and to annotate, of course).
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, favorites, gut-punch
I ugly-cried at work.
Gary Anderson
Review coming soon ...
Stephanie Bange
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This may be the most important book for teens to read this year.

Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of the widely-read book Speak, tells her own story of rape and how it affected her moving forward with her life in this powerful, emotion-filled memoir. Using poetry as its delivery form, she empowers readers to stand up to sexual violence and tell their own stories. The range of emotions that Anderson hits is so on target; it is at times poignant, at others funny, and still others just make you wa
Someone please give this book an award, many awards, next year! Shout is a powerfully written memoir in verse, with poems whose language demands to be savored even as they pack emotional wallops to the reader. Anderson tells her life story, including that of her parents and how their family dysfunctioned together. The poems detail how her upbringing influenced her life and eventual career, and especially how the experience of being raped in high school shattered her; she couldn't fully acknowled ...more
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“This note about anatomy
from me to you
is for the remembering that
after you speak
after you shout
your open mouth
will breathe in the light
for which you've hungered
and your backbone will unfurl,
until you can again dance to the beat
of your steadfast heart.”
“Too many grown ups tell kids to follow their dreams, like that's going to get them somewhere. Auntie Laurie says follow your nightmares instead. Because when you figure out what's eating you alive, you can slay it.” 0 likes
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