I was very excited to see this book available at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, and made sure I got in line for it with plenty of time to spare. I think Speak was such a good and important book and I was very interested in this follow up.
I should pause a second and tell you though that this isn’t like a sequel to Speak or anything. It is more a memoir; the author’s true experiences shared in verse. She had written Speak out of her own history, and now she’s ready to speak more directly about what she went through when she was raped.
I read this book pretty much immediately. I think I picked the book up at about 10:30 am, and had read half of it by dinner time (while also going to panels, etc.) She talks about her childhood, her rape, all the consequences of both, the things she did to help heal, writing the book, and then some of the stories she heard from readers. It is very powerful and very moving and I was sucked in completely, appreciating lines and phrases that I felt connected to me and things I have personally experienced.
The only thing I think I have trouble with is thinking of this as a “teen book”. I’m not sure the intended audience has an age bracket. This is going to resonate with so many, not just teens.
- by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Viking Books, 2019
- 304 pages
- Source: ARC from publisher