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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 her life and calls women to action through 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 is for survivors, for abusers and assaulters, for consenting young men and women, for gatekeepers unwilling to let sex through. Immensely powerful, Shout is for everyone…. as bold (and beautiful) as the title suggests.’
‘Anderson’s novels…speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore.’
‘With her trademark hope, humour, and heart-breaking realism, Laurie Halse Anderson has given us a roadmap to heal. She is a treasure.’ EndFragment
‘A frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today’s headlines…a novel that will be hard for readers to forget.’
‘Seriously—does ANYONE write…with the realism, grace, and soul of Laurie Halse Anderson?’
‘Shout is Anderson’s reckoning; it follows a hurting cry to the universe that turns into a hard-won path to healing and ultimately unfolds into a powerful call to action…With Speak, Anderson opened the door for more novels exploring the deeply felt and deeply personal aftermath of sexual violence. Shout serves as both a testament to the life-altering, lifesaving impact of these types of stories—and as an urgent and brutal reminder of their ongoing necessity.‘
‘20 years after her groundbreaking book Speak was published, acclaimed YA and children’s book writer Laurie Halse Anderson is coming out with an intensely personal follow-up…We don’t exaggerate when we say you should buy Shout for everyone—especially the young men and women—in your life.’