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By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Narrated by: Laurie Halse Anderson
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Publisher's summary

A New York Times best seller and one of 2019's best-reviewed books, a poetic memoir and call to action from the award-winning author of Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson!

Best-selling 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 20 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. Described as "powerful", "captivating", and "essential" in the nine starred reviews it's received, this must-listen memoir is being hailed as one of 2019's best books for teens and adults.

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.

©2019 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Anderson’s prose is so gorgeous...that at times the book needs to be put down to absorb her utter mastery of language." (Entertainment Weekly, starred review)

"In this powerful memoir told in free verse, Anderson delves into her past.... Her potent words and willingness to shout her message are proof of the soundness of that advice." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening." (Booklist, starred review)

Editor's Pick

Speak. Shout. Listen.
"Since its publication 20 years ago, Laurie Halse Anderson’s breakout novel Speak has been captivating and shifting the perspective of teens and adults alike. In the years since, she has been a tireless and unflinching advocate for survivors of sexual assault and now has written Shout, a searing little memoir in lyrical verse that’s at once a poignant revelation on Anderson’s fascinating and sometimes troubled upbringing (not to mention her own experiences with sexual assault), a retrospective of the writing and publication of Speak, and a rallying-cry for justice in the #MeToo era. It’s impossible to distill this incredibly layered, important, and powerful listen into a few sentences, but no other in my Audible library has as many saved clips as this one. Anderson’s story, and those of the survivors she’s met over the years, is filled with lines and paragraphs that stick with you and make you want to pause and think, and to hear them read in her own voice is as powerful as it gets."
Catherine H., Audible Editor

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