Hi everyone, it’s Sarah!
I don’t know what happened…but this was supposed to publish Monday. Sorry for the delay!
I have always loved books by Laurie Halse Anderson. She has a way with words and a way with story. This book did not disappoint.
We also did a video about this book. If you are interested, you can check it out here.
I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
20 years ago, teen readers were exposed to the heartbreaking story of Melinda a sexual assault survivor who found a way to give a voice to the horrific thing she experienced. Halse Anderson uses Shout to explore the impact of this novel on her life. This novel-in-verse biography beautifully explains how Laurie Halse Anderson become the author she is today. Many of her novels have been based on experiences found within her own life. By releasing these experiences through novels, Anderson works to begin the dialogue and create change around issues like sexual assault, PTSD, and eating disorders. This book reads like an author visit. It gives readers encouragement to become authors themselves and find help if they are experiencing something difficult like the characters in Anderson’s books. This book was gorgeous and I couldn’t ask for more. I appreciate all that Anderson has given to the YA community and look forward to her future endeavors.
While Anderson’s previous novels have all had a superb level of writing, I think this work blows those others out of the water. By writing in verse, Anderson has taken away all of the excess and broken her story down to bare bones. It is in those bones that the true beauty of her writing clearly shines through. I loved this book and hope that Anderson gets recognized for this piece of literature because it is high quality.