Bestselling 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.
Shout Laurie Halse Anderson Penguin Young Readers Group, 2019 Source: Review Copy
Shout was an emotional roller coaster, and I wish that I had read Speak prior to this one.
Halse Anderson was unflinchingly honest in her memoir. I was devastated for her, I cheered her on, I learned from her. Because her story is such an emotional one, Shout was hard for me to read at times, so it took me a while to finish it in spite of the fact that it was short. Halse Anderson was so brave to use her voice in this way so the world can learn more about sexual assault and rape.
However, I personally didn't care for her style of poetry. I think that this was because there wasn't much punctuation, so the words all ran together. It overwhelmed me a bit, and perhaps that was why she made that choice. Once I got used to the style, I hardly noticed it. (Keep in mind that I know very little about poetry.)
Overall, I enjoyed Shout and I look forward to reading more books by Laurie Halse Anderson.