• Rachel Penate

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

TITLE/ AUTHOR: The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

PUBLISHER: Dutton (2020)

GENRE: Literary Fiction


SUMMARY: “Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. But instead, her father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir. But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, she finds the resolve to speak, however she can — in a whisper, in song, in broken English — until she is heard.” (Adapted from Goodreads)

REVIEW: If I could just fill my bookshelves with sweet and powerful coming of age stories like GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE, I’d be set for life.

Seriously. Hands. Down. I want to wrap myself in these books like a warm hug.

Adunni’s story gripped me (in her sweet broken English) from the very first page and quickly became one of those characters that I just want to love forever. Her story is one that teaches me — again— the power of kindness and compassion. While Adunni learns how to find her “louding voice” in the end, it is not without the help of some really beautiful souls who don’t just pass her by. In their own adversity, they acknowledge Adunni’s heart with empathy and extend their hand to help in the ways that they can.

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is a beautiful story of community, courage, and the power of mercy. Well done Abi Daré! Seriously, well done! This is an absolutely beautiful book that I’ll remember for a long, long time.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Child marriage, emotional and physical abuse, one scene of attempted sexual abuse, and mild language.

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