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 ...more
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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, ...more
this book smells like me...more
honey and strawberries
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
the question is born out of true confusion...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
When I first saw Shout was being released, I added it to the virtual cart to purchase for the library ...more
GET THIS BOOK.
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 ...more
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.
Five trillion stars, Laurie Halse Anderson. ❤❤❤ ...more
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.
you to stand taller
we to shout louder than they thought
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.
is a cancer of the soul
that can kill you
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 ...more
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 ...more
|A Union of Books: April: Shout||1||2||Mar 07, 2020 01:48PM|
|Play Book Tag: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson - 4 stars||3||11||Feb 28, 2020 12:59PM|
|Rated YA-MA: Shout (December 2019) part one||6||18||Dec 17, 2019 04:19AM|
|Rated YA-MA: Winner! ~ December 2019 ~ Books in Verse||14||14||Dec 10, 2019 03:53PM|
|Rated YA-MA: Shout (December 2019) part two||2||4||Dec 08, 2019 02:40PM|
|Rated YA-MA: Shout (December 2019) part three||1||3||Dec 01, 2019 04:13PM|
Ask box is open, my friends! What do you want to know?
UPDATE! SHOUT, my memoir in verse, is out, has received 9 starred reviews, and was longlisted for the National Book Award!
I recently answered all kinds of great questions over at Reddit. Check it out for loads about my writing process and my books:https://www.reddit.com/r/books/commen...
For bio stuff: Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times ...more
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like that's going to get them somewhere
Auntie Laurie says follow your nightmares instead
cuz when you figure out what's eating you alive
you can slay it”