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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 Spea
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Published March 12th 2019 by Penguin Young Readers Group
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Ryne No veo promociones para el libro en español, pero acaba de ser publicado, entonces es probable que demore un poco. Además, es un libro escrito en poes…moreNo veo promociones para el libro en español, pero acaba de ser publicado, entonces es probable que demore un poco. Además, es un libro escrito en poesía, lo que sugiere que tardará un tiempo en hacer una traducción satisfactoria.(less)
Bird If you are referring to the section of the book where Anderson mentions the ribbons tied on the fences around churches and schools where children had …moreIf you are referring to the section of the book where Anderson mentions the ribbons tied on the fences around churches and schools where children had been sexually assaulted or molested, it was a real event, here's an article that talks about it;
The ribbons were not a specific colour, they were all sorts of colors and types and this was done in many different place to show support for the children that were hurt. (less)
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Emily May
“the overlap of my stories and my life
is a garden courtyard, sky-strung with stars”

The first half of this book was a 4-star read for me, but the second half was a full shimmering 5 stars. So it gets 4½ stars, rounded up.

It's been a long time since I read Speak, but I still recall how deeply that book affected me. In a time of #MeToo, it is easy to forget how powerful and important little books like that were for readers. Every day, survivors are finding their voices and learning how they, to
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love this author. Speak is one of my favorite movies. I love books written in verse. I'm going to add some random quotes from the book. Hold on to your bootstraps. You know I don't like to write big reviews any more.....SPOILERS AHEAD

this book smells like me
honey and strawberries
sunscreen, libraries
failures and sweat
green nights in the mountains
cold dawns by the sea

this book reeks
of my fear
of depression's black dogs howling
and the ancient shames riding
my back, their claws
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 l
Julie Ehlers
I didn't speak up
when that boy raped me, instead I scalded
myself in the shower and turned
me into the ghost of the girl
I once was, my biggest fear
being that my father,
no stranger to gaming
with the devil,
would kill that boy

and it would be my fault.

I was impressed by Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel, Speak, and several years later what I remember most about the 10th anniversary edition I read was the poem Halse Anderson included at the beginning, about all the young women and girls who have reac
Schizanthus Nerd
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
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
Powerful! This is Laurie Halse Anderson's autobiography and she delivers it in a direct way through poetry and verse. It comes across as simply telling her tale with no emotion and for me, it had a huge emotional impact for me, the reader. I find that works well, if the author is just giving facts and let the reader feel the emotions.

The last half of the book, Laurie discusses her book "Speak" which came out 20 years ago and has started a movement of women speaking up about their experiences. I
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
This is an important book. I can’t stress that enough. I commend Laurie Anderson for writing this story, her story, and for writing it so well through poetry format. So well, in fact, that someone like myself who isn’t a fan of poetry found this “novel” so incredibly moving that I’ll have to venture out to read more poems.

Many of you know of Anderson’s bestseller Speak. If not, I recommend you read it as its message is incredibly important. Both that novel and this one surround the topic of sexu
Trina (Between Chapters)
I'm intentionally not giving a star rating because it doesn't seem fair to me to assign ratings to personal memoirs. That said, I'd recommend this book to just about anyone.

To people who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, and rape - this book is inclusive and I think would provide healing and a mirror.

To people who haven't - You likely know someone who has experienced assault. Many can't, or don't want to talk about it. If you want to gain some understanding, here is an account that i
Alyse Liebovich
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, memoir
Speak is one of the first books I had to read in grad school for my YA lit class. I remember feeling thinking, wow, this is not what I expected YA lit to be. YA lit was not really a thing when I was actually considered a YA, so this was news to me. I was encouraged that authors were broaching these type of devastating but important subjects and that students had access to these kinds of stories.

When I first saw Shout was being released, I added it to the virtual cart to purchase for the library
CW: rape, sexual assault, harassment, drug and alcohol abuse, physical abuse, effects of war and ptsd, depression, gaslighting of survivors, rapists not facing consequences

Like everyone else who has read any literature on sexual assault, I’ve known about this author’s pioneering book Speak but have been scared to read it because I didn’t think I was prepared to handle the content. But when I saw that this book was nominated for the National Book Award this year and it’s also written in verse, I
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
“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.”

This was a powerful read and I love Laurie Halse Anderson's voice. She narrated the audio book herself. The first half was really slow for me and I struggled to get through it, but the end finished strong.
Kara Paes
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning! This should be required reading for all teenagers and adults.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I think I have an unpopular opinion on this one: I actually really enjoyed Part 1, which focuses on Anderson's childhood and young adulthood. The insight into what it was like to live with a father with PTSD and a mother who struggled to speak up for herself was heartbreaking and viscerally told. I was fascinated by what her community and social life was like, and how she was able to keep her life from spiraling out of control in her teenage years.

I found Parts 2 and 3 to be more disjointed; th
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.

Scottsdale Public Library
Beautifully written. Beautifully done. An absolutely powerful memoir written in verse. This heartbreaking, yet inspiring, read about all the tough subjects (sexual violence, mental health, PTSD) is a definite must read. - Megan G.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So powerful. Essential reading actually. I felt the urge to read this book when it was announced as up and coming. Borrowed an ebook version from the library and the loan expires in less than 24 hours and when I finished it in the small hours yesterday I was already thinking I should get my own copy, either in print or as an ebook or in the audio format which is narrated by Laurie Halse Anderson herself, which must make for an... lump in my throat, having trouble typing... quite an experience, t ...more
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**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
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for this book. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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
This poignant memoir is beautifully written in verse. It’s a story of family dysfunction, courage, resilience and, ultimately, hope. Laurie Halse Anderson stands up and speaks for victims of sexual abuse.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read Speak nearly 20 years ago. Back then, Speak was my favorite book. It stuck with me for years afterwards. It’s one of the few books that I really remember even after all these years.

At some point, after you’ve read 1000 or so books, they can start to blur.

I was hesitant to start Shout. How do you follow up a book like Speak? And with a book of poems? They aren’t really my thing.

As with most hyped things I think, “No, not for me. I have a million things to read, I’m not going to give in an
Me to be stronger
you to stand taller
we to shout louder than they thought
we could


I have no words.

The playground was a war of girls versus boys and now I feel shame cuz some kids must have wanted to stand with the other team, and some must have wanted new teams entirely, but the world was drawn for us binary in clumsy chalk lines, and we'd try to do better when we were in charge.

What a powerful, beautifully written, topic-tackling book.

untreated pain
is a cancer of the soul
that can kill you

I lo
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This book not only discusses the incident, but the before. The after. The healing. The learning. The leaning on each other. This book shares and gives and lifts up. This book was beautiful and heartbreaking and glorious and I'm going to recommend it to everyone because everyone needs it.
Sep 01, 2022 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022
Will not rate this book because I had mixed feelings but don't believe it is fair to criticize when you really didn't give the book a fair read. This is book made of cutting and short stories similar to all the Chicken Soul books. Although, many of them were very well written, I would of loved for some of these short stories to be developed into full novels. I got invested into some of the characters to merely turn the page and say goodbye to a character and start a new venture/heart break. I ma ...more
Initial reaction: I thought this was an excellent reflection through the use of poetry of the author's experiences and observations of many important issues.

Full review:

Even two years after reading Laurie Halse Anderson's "SHOUT" - I still have a hard time voicing my thoughts on this book. As brief of a narrative as it is in the author's poetic format, there are parts of this narrative hurt to read and it weighs in my mind long after I've put the narrative down. I was an emotional wreck the firs
Oct 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea.
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UPDATE! SHOUT, my memoir in verse, is out, has received 9 starred reviews, and was longlisted for the National Book Award!

For bio stuff: Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. Her new book, SHOUT, a memoir-in-verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirte

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like that's going to get them somewhere
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you can slay it”
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