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Shout A searing poetic memoir and call to action from the bestselling and award winning author of Speak Laurie Halse AndersonBestselling 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 Speak was first published twenty years ago she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying as timely as it is timeless In free verse Anderson shares reflections rants and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before Searing and soul searching this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup whether aloud online or only in their own hearts SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud clear voice and once you hear it it is impossible to ignore

10 thoughts on “Shout

  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    “the overlap of my stories and my lifeis 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 upIt'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 can speak up without shame about what happened to them Now twenty years later Anderson is back with a voice that is louder stronger and attuned with the current era It is still much neededHer voice is wiser now too; mature It speaks of twenty years of talking with survivors sharing their pain and most of all listening The first half of this book is a memoir of Anderson's upbringing including how she was raped at thirteen and her struggle in the aftermath Through verse she talks about how the toxic misogynistic environment of the 1970s set women up to say nothing be good be uiet don't ask uestions definitely no uestions about sex or menstruation You can see how her experiences both within her family and within society at large would later silence her voice when she needed it mostIt is the second half where her writing is strongest however This is complete speculation but it felt to me like the author wrote the hard hitting poems of the second part first and then proceeded to tell the first part of her story in verse to fit with the rest The later poems all work as powerful standalones and read like they were written as such but I think the first half could have been stronger as prose “Censorship is the child of fearthe father of ignoranceand the desperate weapon of fascistseverywhere” The second half made me absolutely furious The poems are about rape consent and censorship using a lot of grotesue metaphors and imagery that fit the subject matter well but are disturbing I think the most upsetting aspect of all was surprisingly the censorship; the constant barriers faced by those trying to teach kids about their bodies and sex and consent It made me so angry to see teachers cancelling Anderson's talks or banning her books because she talked honestly about young girls and sex Kids of all genders need these talks They are essential if we are to stop what happened to Anderson and Speak's Melinda from happening to others So read this book And let your kids read this book tooCW Rape graphic PTSD abuse alcoholism substance abuseBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. Laurie Anderson Laurie Anderson says:

    My truth

  3. Laurie Anderson Laurie Anderson says:

    Thank you readers of Goodreads SHOUT won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry

  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I love this author Speak is one of my favorite movies I love books written in verse I'm going to add some random uotes from the book Hold on to your bootstraps You know I don't like to write big reviews any SPOILERS AHEAD this book smells like mewoodsmokesalthoney and strawberriessunscreen libraries failures and sweatgreen nights in the mountainscold dawns by the seathis book reeks of my fearof depression's black dogs howlingand the ancient shames riding my back their clawsburied deepthis book is yesterday's muddried on the dance floorthe step patterns cautiously submittedfor your curious investigationof what I feel like on the inside creator on pic And then green August melting hotdays running out the bottom of the hour glass school time marchingrelentlessly toward the children of summer so intent on capturing every free minute like flowersto be pressed between the pagesof a book We walked downthe hill to the creek far away from the heat the trees our shade companions the babbleof water overrunning my need to speak we tossed pebbles into the watereverything was calm that's what I remember the calm cuz I was safeand happy tossing pebbles in the waternext to this tobacco smelling boyfriendso when he turned to kiss memy mouth was wet with delight I was newto this kind of kiss and happy to play by the creek with this boy whose handsthenwandered fast too fast too farlike a flash flood overwhelming the startled backs of a creek that never once thoughtof defense of damming or the need for a bridge to escape his hands arms shoulders backmuscle sinew bonean avalanche of forcethe course predetermined one hand on my mouth his body covering mineI took my eyes off the ragein his face and looked up to the green peaceof leaves fluttering above trees witnessing pain shame I crawled into the farthest cornerof my mind biding my time hiding survivingby outsidingand when he was doneusing my bodyhe stood and zipped his jeanslit a cigaretteand walked away Creators on pic I didn't speak upwhen that boy raped me instead I scaldedmyself in the shower and turned me into the ghost of the girl I once was my biggest fearbeing that my father no stranger to gaming with the devilwould kill that boyand it would be my faultBut that boy who raped meon the rocks by the creekgot drunk and lay down on a dark night to play chicken with the devil and he lost I didn't have real friends because a friend is someone you trust and trust never came easy after that boy raped me But I had people to get high with to share sandwiches with Sometimes I had people to walk with in the halls Being mocked doesn't hurt as much when someone walks nextto you I was grateful for my almost friends creators on pic my I'm fine mask fit snuglyI only took it off at home but when I shared peanut butter chewswith those friendssometimes I forgot I was wearing itI studied hard to keep up with them we listenedto each other and to the same musicwe ate a lot of peanut butter chewsthe slant of light in the cafeteria illuminated possibilities My home in Denmark taught me how to speakagain how to reinterpret darkness and light strength and softnessit offered me the chance to reorient my compassredefine my true northand start over she was a foreign exchange student tens of thousands speakwords ruffling the surface of the seainto whitecaps they whisperinto the shoulder of my sweaterthey mailtweet crydirect messagehand me notesfolded into shardswhen no one is watchingsharing memories and befuddlementbroken dreams and sorrowthey struggle in the middleof the ocean storms battering grabbing for sliced life jacketsdriftwoodflotsam and jetsam from downedunfound planes sunken shipsand other disasters We're all born to fightbut few are ever trained instead they tell usBe niceDanuta's mother survived a Nazi concentration campalive but scarred so when the Nazis marchedthrough her Swedish town in 1985Danuta hauled backand smacked a Naziin the head with her purseIt was a big purseShe snapped they saidcouldn't take it any reached her breaking pointWe should teach our girls that snapping is OK instead of waiting for someone else to break them the names of the charred survivors who don't know how fucking toughthey arenestlehiddenin the fifth chamberof my heart Their courage warms me from the inside stubborn candles illuminating this scorched pumpkin MelMY BLOG

  5. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    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 uestion is born out of true confusionno one ever told him the rules of intimacyor the law his dad only talks about condomswith a don't get her pregnant warninghis mom says talk to your fatherso he watches a lot of pornto get offto be schooledporn says her body is territorybegging to be conuered no conversation reuiredyou take what you want Note uote taken from an Advanced Readers' Edition

  6. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    I didn't speak upwhen that boy raped me instead I scaldedmyself in the shower and turnedme into the ghost of the girlI once was my biggest fearbeing that my fatherno stranger to gamingwith the devilwould kill that boyand it would be my faultI 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 reached out to let her know what a difference she and her book made in their lives That poem may have been the seed for Shout a memoir in verse where Halse Anderson tells her own life story including her turbulent family life her own rape at age 14 how she came to write Speak and the impact it had among other thingsThis book is astoundingly effective The writing is mostly amazing Halse Anderson's story is poignant and tragic and above all inspirational All I could think when I read it was she has done so much good in the world already and with Shout she is about to do even One of the sad things about reading a book like this is that you imagine tweens and young teens reading it and you think they're too young to be reading stuff like this and then you remember that they are the ones stuff like this is happening to They need books like this and we are lucky we have Halse Anderson to provide them This is my second of her books but won't be my last I want to be inside her head again too many grown ups tell kids to followtheir dreamslike that's going to get them somewhereAuntie Laurie says to follow your nightmares insteadcuz when you figure out what's eating you aliveyou can slay it

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  8. Schizanthus Nerd Schizanthus Nerd says:

    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 available to purchase in my country I just checked and it’s still not an option I finally bit the bullet and added it to my Book Depository order last year and it’s been looking at me ever since from my shelf uietly asking me why I haven’t opened its pages Honestly? It’s intimidated me It’s the book about sexual assault and while I’ve read so many others I think I’ve worried about what it will bring up for me when I do finally read it So long story slightly shorter my plan is to SHOUT then Speak and then SHOUT again I’m interested to see if my perspective on SHOUT changes after I’ve read Speak I guess time will tellThe first section of this book is essentially memoir in free verse Laurie takes the reader on a journey through a series of childhood memories; a father haunted by war when alcohol isn’t numbing his memories a mother silenced her own experiences of school work and surviving sexual assault I really loved reading about Laurie’s experience as an exchange student in Denmark and would happily devour as much information as I could about those 13 months; what I’ve read has sparked an interest in Danish cultureThe second section which begins almost two thirds of the way through the book broke my heart as Laurie shared just a handful of stories about her interactions with other survivors whose young bodies have been invaded and lives changed most often by those they know and should have been able to trust Although this section made me cry one of the things that got to me the most was something hopeful the colourful ribbons tied to fences in Ballarat Australia in support of the abused which ultimately created Loud Fence The images of those ribbons of support broke me This section includes responses from readers students who have heard Laurie speak teachers and librarians; those who need to share their story those who don’t understand what was so bad about Melinda’s experience in Speak those who want to censor “inappropriate” reading materialI’m not sure how to sum up the third section other than to say that it was the shortest section but also the one in which I shed most tears Laurie’s final poems about her parents simply gutted meAlthough it’s clearly stated in the blurb I still hadn’t thought there’d be as much memoir as there was in this book I’d expected a greater percentage of poems to be directly addressing sexual assault even though there are plenty that do When my expectations didn’t line up with reality I thought I’d be disappointed but I wasn’t and I’m already ready for a reread I expect that I will revisit this book each time I read one of Laurie’s books that are mentioned here to search out her favourite scenes and glimpses of the story behind the storyThere’s a vulnerability here and it’s entwined with strength determination courage resilience and so much compassion While I finished this book with a contented sigh I’m still yearning for Luckily for me as this is the first of Laurie’s books that I’ve read shame on me I still have plenty to exploreThank you Laurie Halse Anderson for sharing some of your life in this book for breaking my heart growing my empathy giving me so many amazing passages to highlight and inspiring me I will see you on Ultima ThuleThank you so much to NetGalley and Viking an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC for the opportunity to read this book

  9. Calista Calista says:

    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 In our treatment rooms we are told that 60 percent of every women walking in our door has been raped of sexually abused at some point in their life We are told we don't need to dig it up but assume that something happened It's obvious that women have to deal with so much We need to do a better job in teaching men in how to interact with women regarding sex Laurie gets to the point and she doesn't shy away from the stories thousands of girls tell her and what is happening and how teen boys don't understand In every high school she visit boys ask her why girls are upset and they are genuine and not being an ass They don't understand it seems that no really means stop no She wrote about for men about this called 'Twisted' and I want to read that now It was written after all these guys wanted to understand the outrage Many people have been through a tough childhood and Laurie is among them She has a strong voice now and it seems to have empowered her She also talks about school boards wanting to keep books like Speak out of their libraries because they want to shield their kids from the subject but what Laurie sees is that all that stuff still happens Kids need information to know how to deal with situations and how to get help is something does happen This was a great book and I have to say that Laurie has gone up on my Author's of respect page and I will be reading by her

  10. Ashleigh Rose Ashleigh Rose says:

    “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 🔥 💛31219 #SHOUT

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