Hello denizens of the interwebs! I bring you greetings from a land of words and pages.
Today I read a pretty impactful books. It is entitled Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson.
It is the follow up novel to her critically acclaimed book “Speak”, where in free vese poetry, she tells the story of a girl who lost her voice, symbolically, and found it through poetry. “Shout” follows this same theme, describing in vivid detail her life of trauma on every side, and how she found a way to express her pain, her joys, and her sorrows via words.
As the reader, you feel the weight of every word. Her word choices are so cutting, so descriptive, that you are quite literally yanked from this reality and thrown down into hers. I use such words of violence because her reality was one of extreme trauma, and I think her style is an apt representation of what she had to escape from. She is brutally honest and intensely thoughtful, while holding nothing back in expressing a voice that was once stolen from her, but has not been returned.
I wholeheartedly recommend that you take some time and read this book. Share it with your of age children as well.