Poetry Memoir

eBook - 2019
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A memoir in verse shares the author's life, covering her rape at thirteen, her difficult early childhood, and her experiences surrounding her publication of "Speak."
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2019]
ISBN: 9780698195264
Branch Call Number: AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource (291 pages)
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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.

m__c 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.

Jun 13, 2019

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

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.

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.

OPL_KrisC Nov 07, 2018

A gritty poetic memoir where Laurie Halse Anderson shares the story of her own sexual assault and the impact that it had on her and how she ends up turning her life around.


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May 11, 2019

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OPL_KrisC Nov 07, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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May 21, 2019

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

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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