Book Cover of Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book-in-verse companion to Halse Anderson’s 1999 bestselling 1999, “Speak.” This book details Anderson’s life, from her childhood in upstate New York to her rape at age 13 to her college years and beyond. Anderson shares how “Speak” has changed her life and the lives of those she meets as she shared her raw truth. She credits “Speak” for helping her find her voice so she can now “Shout.” These are necessary books for modern young adults to help understand and unpack trauma – whether their own or from those around them who have experienced similar issues. It is meant to be powerful and uncomfortable.