AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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“Brave, fresh . . . unforgettable.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A celebration of girls who dare to dream.”—Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club pick)
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and recommended by The New York Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, Essence, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Electric Literature, Red, Stylist, Daily Kos, Library Journal, The Everygirl, and Read It Forward!
The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams. Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself – and help other girls like her do the same. Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams…and maybe even change the world.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Nigerian native Abi Daré’s debut novel about the horror of forced marriage and slavery tackles the darkest extremes of patriarchy and sexism, yet it still manages to deliver a powerful message of optimism and hope. It was hard to read 14-year-old Adunni’s story without a hefty supply of tissues, but the young heroine’s warmth, humor, and determination shine through no matter how dark things get. Visceral, heart-wrenching, and beautiful, The Girl with the Louding Voice reminds us to always use our own voices to demand justice in the world.
I enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed this book! This story is about a young teenage girl from a rural city in Nigeria. She is forced to marry an old man to bring money to her family. Her dream is to go to school and have a louding voice , meaning a voice of influence and confidence. She finds herself in dire circumstances in Lagos, fleeing her family and find allies throughout her journey that helps brings her dreams of going to school a reality. This book was interesting as it introduces to the other side of the Nigerian culture with child brides, home servants/ slaves, rich elite class,politics and women’s rights that we don’t really know. Also the voice of the main character of the book, Adunni, is written in broken English too. In the beginning it was hard to follow but in the end it was worth it because it brought an authentic voice to the story. Great book!