Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Shout is Laurie Halse Anderson’s story told in poetry. She writes of her younger life, her time as a foreign exchange student, her dysfunctional family, and her time in college. She also mentions the story of how she was raped as a thirteen-year-old girl by a boy in her neighborhood and how it affected her. She writes how she healed over a long time period and how she refuses to stay silent about it now.
The book also talks about her writing her critically acclaimed novel, Speak, and how it was rejected the first time she submitted it to a publisher, but she didn’t give up. She also talks about how people confide in her their stories and how no one should ever blame themselves. Halse Anderson is an advocate for victims and it shows in her writing and her actions throughout the book.
This is the second book I’ve read written in poems and I’ve really been enjoying it. I never would have given books like this a chance several years ago and now I find myself wanting to find more written in poetry format. I always like to read books that push me as a reader. I always like to try to broaden my horizons when it comes to books.
I would recommend this if you enjoy poetry or if you like any books by Laurie Halse Anderson and want to know more about her life. I think this is a must if you have ever read Speak as well. .