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The Girl with the Louding Voice

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  928 ratings  ·  220 reviews
A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Dutton Books
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Nursebookie
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Courageous!
Compelling!
Fearless!

I loved this book so much I could not stop talking about this and recommending this book! I haven’t read a book like this since forever and what a powerful and emotional read this was for me.

What an amazing debut novel by Abi Dare whose writing transported me to Adunni’s life, struggles, misfortunes and triumph as well. I loved reading the book in its colloquial voice of Adunni, a fourteen year old Nigerian girl, who was
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Jeanette
Today is publication day for this book. Congratulations, Abi Dare!

This novel won the Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018. In this interview Abi Dare shares a little about the story and her writing process:
https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2018/09/...

4.5 stars

When we think of a coming-of-age story, we usually imagine a sweet, gradual awakening from adolescence into adulthood. There are bumps and bruises and broken hearts along the way, but it's all just part of growing up. Adunni is
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Elena L.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[4,5/5 stars]

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE centers around the life of Adunni - a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who doesn't want to follow the destiny of all the Nigerian girls and desires to choose her own future.

The first chapter already had me infuriated! I found myself helpless in front of the cultural imposition - Abi Dare does a fantastic job tackling issues of sexism, marriage, parenting, futility, negativity of a patriarchal society and women's inequality. Having read a great amount
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Basic B's Guide
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Binge-worthy literary fiction. Say what?! Let me introduce you to THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE (available today!).

Adunni, is just 14 when her mother passes away and her father sells her as a 3rd wife to a much older man. Not long after being married, tragedy strikes and she is sold as a servant to a very wealthy household in Lagos. Adunni must fight against all the odds to have a voice and not just a voice but a LOUDING VOICE. “Not his-story,” I say. “My own will be called her-story. Adunni’s
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Kayla Garcia
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It may be bold to say, but this is the best book I’ve ever read. This is a masterfully-crafted combination of flawless literary fiction and astounding cultural statistics.

I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I am helping.

I’ve said this before, and I firmly believe it
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Michelle
5 stars!!

This is immediately going on my best of 2020 list. There is so much to hold on to and talk about with this very special book. I found myself bereft of all hope as I read about Adunni's life, yet she continually amazed me. It opens with Adunni learning she will soon be married to a man older than her father, where she will become the third wife in her new home. To think that this practice still exists today all over the world! All Adunni wanted was to go to school and earn an education.
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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
I await this novel's deserving film adaptation.

As I read this tale, I experienced several emotions. To name a few, hope, heartbreak, fear, and joy. Some may ask how could I possibly feel these things toward a story that's challenging to the senses and soul. Easy. I listened. One must listen to Adunni to appreciate the full scoop of her story.

The story's unnerving, but it's well worth a read. Take your time with this one. It deserves to have every word savored.

1) The plot is simple. A young
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Janine
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. The unique style for which it was written and the powerful impact it left made this an easy 5 stars for me. The author does an impeccable job at inviting you into Adunni’s life and making you feel the landscape of Nigeria throughout the entire story. Sprinkled with facts about Nigeria and full of emotion, this story is one that I will think about long after the book is closed. If this is not yet on your lists, do yourself a favor and add it asap. This is captivating story ...more
Mikaela (Booklover1974)
2,5 stars

I realize I'm in minority here but I just couldn't give the book more stars.

It took a while to get use to the language, it's written in rather bad English (the way Adunni talks) but after a while it was OK. Adunni is the fourteen year old girl who wants a louding voice, she wants it's so loud that the whole Nigeria can hear her. All she dreams of is to be a teacher and have a classroom full of children that listens to her. Too bad her father has other plans for her, like marrying her
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Angela
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-literature
Incredible. I was drawn by the cover initially and intrigued by the description as I enjoy literature focused outside the US and UK but don't read nearly enough of it. I was lucky enough to snag an ARC from NetGalley.

This was unique for me in a couple ways--first that while most African set fiction I read is Nigerian or South African, this was the first that wasn't completely based in Lagos or other cities-- we got to Lagos eventually but experience a good portion of small village life first.
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Mel
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Abi Daré is a new, important voice bringing attention to the issues still plaguing young people in Nigeria who are essentially being sold into a slave trade, working for free for the rich in Lagos. The story takes place in 2014-2015 during the most turbulent change of Adunni's life following her abrupt marriage to a much older man who already had two wives and was desperate to have a son, the sudden illness of the pregnant second wife, and Adunni's running away from the village to a family ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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"But I don’t want to born anything now. How will a girl like me born childrens? Why I fill up the world with sad childrens that are not having a chance to go to school? Why make the world to be one big, sad, silent place because all the childrens not having a voice?"

Adunni’s mother once told her that an education is the only way for a Nigerian girl to have a ‘louding voice’. Without an education, a woman cannot speak up for herself, will never be
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Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
All Adunni has ever wanted is to have a “louding” voice. She wants to go to school, learn, and hopefully become a teacher one day. Since her mothers passing though, her father has decided to forget about her mothers wishes for her, and marry her off to whoever will pay. After a tragedy puts Adunni in a tough position, she runs away. Adunni ends up becoming a maid for Big Daddy and Big Madam, who beats her when things aren’t done to her specifications. Until she meets Ms Tia who sees the ...more
Brian
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adunni is a young Yoruba girl growing up in in rural Nigeria in a culture that places no value on women. Forced by her father to marry an old man for the sake of the bride price, she runs away to Lagos where she ends up trapped in domestic slavery. In the face of a society that regards her as little more than trash Adunni struggles to gain the education she has always longed for. At times harrowing, The Girl With The Louding Voice is also vibrant, lyrical and uplifting.
Kathleen
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this, but I wasn't blown away. The author creates very vivid characters and used the foreign vernacular successfully enough that it planted me right into the setting. Although that vernacular was awkward to read at first, and I did wonder whether I could read an entire book of it, there was a rhythm I was able to pick up on. I think the author has a very strong message that wasn't necessarily successfully communicated through what was written. While I did get an understanding of the ...more
Diamond-Hope Kingston
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It was told a little differently but it reminded me of Soza Boy.
Siphindiwe Chiliza
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of the best books I've read. Top 10. It was heartbreaking, heartwarming and funny. I felt like I was physically there with Adunni throughout the entire book. I appreciate the fact that she wrote all of Adunni's parts in broken English (she speaks it because she never got to finish school ) because it made the story so much more authentic and real and believable. This was definitely a tear jerker for me. I can't fault this book, the storyline, the pacing was all perfect. It was such ...more
Sharyn
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2020
This is a truly amazing book; written as the voice of a young Nigerian girl, in her pidgin English. I thought it would be a tough read because of that but I soon got used to the language and finished the book in just over 24 hours. The story is one of a sad and tough life and relates the abuses that young girls and women have to suffer in a truly patriarchal and often corrupt society. I am grateful to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read an e-ARC in exchange for an honest ...more
Joan Roll
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who lives in a small village with her two brothers and her father. Her mother has recently died. Since her death, the family has sunk deeper and deeper into poverty because Adunni’s mother was the one who earned money for the family. Adunni’s mother wished for her to complete her schooling to better herself but since there is no money for school Adunni must now stay home. Not only is she not going to school but her father has recently promised her to a ...more
Emma Robertson
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mel
Shelves: 2020
This is a debut novel told in the voice of a young Nigerian girl who is entrapped into a life not of her choosing by her father after the loss of her mother to enable the male family members to get an income.

Adunni, is our 14 year old protagonist and despite the loss of her mother at such a tender age she knows what she wants and that is an education, she believes that with this comes the freedom and "louding voice" which will get her the right to speak for herself and gain the respect she feels
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Viviane Crystal
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adunni wants to become educated, to learn and share that learning so that she will be known before she is seen. This advice came from her mother but was cut off when her mother died and the family could not even afford the rent of their home. However, Adunni goes on teaching her siblings to read and write and do simple math problems. Her father had promised her mother this would continue but he breaks his promise and arranges a marriage for Adunni at the age of 14. The dowry money sets her ...more
Jennifer Highland
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Papa says there is no money for school now that Mama is dead. He says I have to marry so he can pay the community rent with my bride-price. All I’ve ever wanted was to go to school and get an education; to have a louding voice.

Adunni’s life is not her own. As a young female growing up in Nigeria, she is forced to marry so that her family can survive. After a dramatic turn of events, Adunni finds herself on the run. She lands a job as a house maid for a rich family.
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Michelle
4.5 stars
"I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking."

I first came across this book in an article written in Daily Kos challenging readers to read 52 books by women of color over the course of the year. I fell in love with the cover. I fell in love with the description. Once I started reading I fell in love with Adunni and her spirit.

The Girl With the Louding Voice is a coming of age story
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Thomas
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abi Daré’s debut novel, “The Girl with the Louding Voice,” is the gut-wrenching yet heartwarming story of Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who dreams of becoming a teacher. After losing her mother, Adunni witnesses the hardships of life as a young girl in her village of Ikati when her Papa marries her off to a rarely-sober, twice-married man in exchange for Adunni’s bride-price. Despite her lack of value in her father’s eyes and the danger of her new husband, she is secure in the belief that ...more
Neelam Babul
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books written by African writers and stories set in Africa. It could be due to the love and devotion I have for my home and the continent I was born in.

The story takes place in 2014-2015 during the most turbulent change of Adunni's life following her mother's recent death, an abrupt marriage to a much older man who already has two wives and was desperate to have a son, the sudden illness of the pregnant second wife who was like a mother figure to Adunni and Adunni's running away
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Cheryl M-M
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Education equals louding voice, which in turn will enable Adunni to make decisions and speak for herself. It's what her mother always told her, but her mother is dead and Adunni has taken her place in the family. With a family to feed and rent to pay Adunni becomes the only commodity her father has, so he sells her to a local man. A third wife to be, her dreams wither and die.

Things come to a head and fourteen-year-old Adunni runs away and ends up in the hands of a scrupulous criminal who sells
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Ahaaha4
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin? I will start by saying this book will hands down be the absolutely BEST book I will read in this decade!

The title drew me in and every word after continued to fill my heart with so many feelings. Feelings of love, frustration, hate, fear, compassion, joy and hope.

This is the story of Adunni, whose name means sweetness, she is the girl with the louding voice. She was born into a life she did not choose, but a life that she makes the best of. She never stops loving Nigeria her
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Carol (Reading Ladies)
5+ Stars! Review first published on Readingladies.com

“Tomorrow will be better than today. I have value and I’m important.”

Life for a woman is not easy in Nigeria. Adunni’s mom plants the thought of having a “voice” in her spirit. Fourteen-year-old Adunni is determined to fight for her voice to be heard and for her future despite being sold as a third wife. Even when she runs away, she finds herself in another powerless position of servitude. Adunni is introduced to a more modern woman who
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Brittany
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS

“I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I will be helping.”

POWERFUL, EMOTIONAL & MOVING.

Adunni, a young Nigerian girl who narrates through her voice in the whole book, wants nothing more than a promising future for herself. Born in poverty and being
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Nancy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Young Nigerian Girl Searches for an Education to Give Her a “Louding” Voice

Born into poverty in Nigeria, Adunni at fourteen has been the family caretaker since her mother died. In Nigeria girls count for nothing. They have no voice. Before she died, Adunni’s mother told her that an education would give her a voice. Adunni doesn’t want just any voice. She wants a “louding” voice.

Adunni’s search for an education is not easy. First she’s sold to an older wealthy man as a bride. He wants a son.
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