Text Publishing

March 2019

$24.99 AUD

296p pb

ISBN: 978-1925773682

Shout: the true story of a survivor who refused to be silenced

Laurie Halse Anderson

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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.

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Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson is a collection of poems threaded together into one novel. The poems, though each different from each other, tell the journey and struggle of a girl - the author herself - who was a victim of rape at a young age. Some poems tell of healing and others tell of pain and together, weave the reader through the life in the shoes of someone who suffers from great trauma. 

For the sensitive, mature topics discussed in the poems, I would recommend that this book for older teenagers. The poems were frank and straightforward in descriptions and addressing the issue of rape, also showing an honest perspective of people we often hear of in the news without such personal details. I also feel that the book does an extraordinary job at spreading awareness and informing readers of how serious the issue is, in addition to giving support to others who have suffered the same. One thing I found uncomfortable when reading was the sometimes very graphic descriptions of violence and aggression. Overall, the book comes clean and really does shout how it truly feels to be someone many may try to silence.

Jiyun, age 15

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