Shout

Shout

A Poetry Memoir

Book - 2019
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When she was thirteen years old, Anderson was a shy, bookish girl who was raped by a boy she trusted. She has since become known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed in the years since, she has written a poetry memoir that shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780670012107
0670012106
Branch Call Number: YA 811.54 An2394A 2019
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 21 cm

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sjpl_leizel Sep 09, 2019

Very accessible poetry memoir that covers trauma, consent, and healing. I'd recommend the audio version because I think hearing the poems in the author's voice is powerful.

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

I absolutely adored this book! I did not want to put this book down! If I didn't have to eat, sleep, or work I would have finished this book in a day! Once I started reading this book, it was like the only thing I could think about, I just wanted to know what happened next. This book is an autobiography of Laurie Halse Anderson's life. We all most likely know her from her YA Fiction novels Speak, and Wintergirls. She has written a lot of YA books, I just think those are her two most known novels. In this autobiography Laurie Halse Anderson writes about her own experience with rape, so there is a major Trigger Warning for Sexual Assault and Rape in this novel. I really liked this book, because the novel starts off with Laurie being a child. In each poem Laurie grows older and older and we are taken through the most memorable moments of her life. She talks about the Domestic Violence between her mother and father. She talks about her parent's alcoholic tendencies and her own drug dependency, etc. This book was really heart breaking in many ways, and also very healing in so many other ways. This book is really inspiring. Laurie Halse Anderson could have easily wasted her life... because she was in so much pain, but as the book progresses you slowly watch her heal and mend and start to LIVE again. There were some really powerful poems in here about CONSENT that just blew me away! This book was just so inspiring, I hope more people read it. A quick and easy 5 star read for sure.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

Laurie Halse Anderson has been a powerhouse in the realm of Young Adult Fiction, so it was interesting to learn a little bit more about her through this poetry memoir. I like the format in verse because I think it will make the book seem less daunting to reluctant readers. I was able to breeze through it in a couple hours, and despite it’s brevity, there is still a lot to unpack.

I think this is an important book because it reveals the gap in education regarding consent, and really just sex in general. Because sex is still such a taboo topic, society is failing to educate youth about their own bodies and the importance of respecting others.

One of the most tragic aspects of sexual abuse/assault is that the victims often do not fully understand what has happened/is happening to them. They push down their shame and internalize their trauma, which often manifests itself in destructive ways. Because of this, it is so important that we talk through these issues with our youth, and let them know that it is ok to speak out if someone is doing something that doesn’t feel right.

I personally think this should be required reading in middle schools, because it is important to start this conversation early. It is not graphic, but it absolutely gets it’s point across, which I think makes it appropriate for both middle school and high school students.

LPL_MaryW Jul 20, 2019

Laurie Halse Anderson invites readers not to speak but to shout in her new poetry memoir, a long awaited follow-up to her bestselling YA novel, "Speak," which centers around a survivor of sexual assault. In "Shout," Anderson shares memories from her young adulthood — when she herself was raped — and how she found the strength to keep going. Between autobiographical poems lie fierce rants about rape culture and censorship, as well as love letters and encouragement to survivors of sexual assault. Shout is a fist raised to the sky, arriving on the heels of #MeToo, and urging readers to never be silenced. A must-read.

_m1_ Jun 15, 2019

This was a moving and very powerful read. I liked that this was written in verse; it felt like it enabled me to get to know the author better. Although I read this quickly, I would not say this is an easy read. I think that reading the story of survivors is vital to us as a society, in order to better understand how such crimes are committed, and perhaps more importantly, to empower and support survivors. I highly recommend this for teens and adults.

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trinmarie
Jun 13, 2019

A brilliant piece and follow up to Laurie's 'Speak.' Such an important, powerful read.

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stepha89
May 11, 2019

Laurie Halse Anderson's memoir in verse was every bit as powerful as I expected, and she deftly weaves discussion of consent and sexual harassment throughout her narrative. Her reflections on what readers have told her since the publication of SPEAK show that the book is, unfortunately, still a timely read today.

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samcmar
Apr 20, 2019

I loved Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and it's one of my favourite books of all time. Reading Shout was a powerful and uncomfortable experience. Anderson digs deep into her childhood to share her experience as a sexual assault survivor and what it means to educate young men specifically about the role of consent. These poems are beautiful and haunting, and this book is easily worth the read.

RDPL_Teens Apr 16, 2019

I couldn't put this down until it was finished.

I feel his timely and evocative memoir told in verse, will serve as a call-to-action for some and a healing tome to others.

Halse Anderson shouts in this latest work about her experience, and about the communal experience of survivors of sexual violence - shared experiences of shame, silence, hurt, rage, redemption, healing, and love.

She assures those who are hurting, afraid, or enraged that they are not alone. She is standing with them.

A true must-read!

DPLjosie Apr 04, 2019

Powerful, raw, sweet, kind, angry, healing...all in one package. Amazing book in both the paper and audio formats.

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stepha89
May 11, 2019

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stepha89
May 21, 2019

Violence: Describes multiple instances of domestic violence and sexual violence.

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stepha89
May 21, 2019

Coarse Language: Used in a natural way that was in line with the tone of Anderson's poetry.

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