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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
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Published March 12th 2019 by Penguin Young Readers Group
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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, too,
    Laurie Anderson
    Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    My truth.
    Laurie Anderson
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: books-i-wrote
    Thank you, readers of Goodreads! SHOUT won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry!!!

    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 lot
    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
    Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 Im one of the only ones reading SHOUT before theyve read Speak. Ive had Speak on my I absolutely have to read this book list for as long as I can remember but still havent read it. I searched my local library for it but they dont own it. I tried for several years to buy it on Kindle but it wasnt
    Ashleigh Rose
    Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    too many grown-ups tell kids to follow their dreams / like thats going to get them somewhere / Auntie Laurie says follow your nightmares instead / cuz when you figure out whats 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 ...more
    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
    Katherine Elizabeth
    This is an important book. I cant 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 isnt a fan of poetry found this novel so incredibly moving that Ill have to venture out to read more poems.

    Many of you know of Andersons 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 sexual
    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
    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, Ive known about this authors pioneering book Speak but have been scared to read it because I didnt 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 its also written in verse, I
    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.
    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
    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
    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.

    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, ...more
    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    **I listened to the audio and later read the book. I preferred the audio.

    Laurie Halse Anderson didnt 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
    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
    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    DNF @ pg 59

    If you can handle memoirs about trauma, this is a beautifully crafted one. I thought I could handle this one, and maybe another time, I'll try it again and it'll be cathartic and healing, the way I hoped it would be this time. Unfortunately, right now, I just can't do it. But I highly recommend giving it a try if you can bear LHA's raw honesty and pain.
    Empowering memoir in verse. Releases 3/12/2019 and when it does, Im 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. ...more
    Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Cc @halseanderson Im 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. ❤❤❤
    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.
    Kara Leann
    Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely stunning! This should be required reading for all teenagers and adults.
    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

    Stella❤️ 孔凡星
    The second part of the book was definitely the most impactful.
    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. Its one of the few books that I really remember even after all these years.

    At some point, after youve 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 arent really my thing.

    As with most hyped things I think, No, not for me. I have a million things to read, Im not going to give in and
    Text Publishing
    [P]erhaps the most significant contribution of any memoir of childhood sexual assault and abuse...Her book is a powerful testament that bears witness not just to her own pain, and the pain of others similarly abused, but also to the power of speaking persistently, time and time again, about topics that most people dont want to hear.'
    LA Review of Books

    Shout is for survivors, for abusers and assaulters, for consenting young men and women, for gatekeepers unwilling to let sex through. Immensely
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