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read Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson reader ↠ ebook Þ 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 herAnged 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 abo 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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Ut 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 ignor 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

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Shout by Laurie Halse AndersA 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 ch Thank you readers of Goodreads SHOUT won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry