The Girl with the Louding Voice
A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future. Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni's father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.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, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can—in a whisper, in song, in broken English—until she is heard.

The Girl with the Louding Voice Details

TitleThe Girl with the Louding Voice
Author
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherDutton Books
ISBN-139781524746025
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Cultural, Africa, Adult, Feminism, Adult Fiction, Western Africa, Nigeria, Literature, African Literature, Literary Fiction, Audiobook

The Girl with the Louding Voice Review

  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi DareCourageous!Compelling! Fearless!I loved this book so much I could not stop talking about this and recommending this book! I haven’t read a book like this since forever and what a powerful and emotional read this was for me. What an amazing debut novel by Abi Dare whose writing transported me to Adunni’s life, struggles, misfortunes and triumph as well. I loved reading the book in its colloquial voice of Adunni, a fourteen year old Nigerian girl, who was The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi DareCourageous!Compelling! Fearless!I loved this book so much I could not stop talking about this and recommending this book! I haven’t read a book like this since forever and what a powerful and emotional read this was for me. What an amazing debut novel by Abi Dare whose writing transported me to Adunni’s life, struggles, misfortunes and triumph as well. I loved reading the book in its colloquial voice of Adunni, a fourteen year old Nigerian girl, who was sold into marriage as the third wife to a much older man, who wanted a young wife in order to produce a son. Abused and mistreated by the first wife, Adunni runs away only to find herself a slave in a wealthy household suffering all forms of abuse. Despite the life she is given, Adunni is determined to live out her dreams of going to school and becoming a teacher one day. The story of Adunni will break your heart, and mend it right back up. The writing is very easy to read and you will find that you will become attached to Adunni and rooting for her to persevere and win in this life that is so set against her. This book made me laugh, cry, squirm to the point of discomfort and feel the different emotions all in one reading. Congratulations to Abi Dare for an amazing and successful debut. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars!!This is immediately going on my best of 2020 list. There is so much to hold on to and talk about with this very special book. I found myself bereft of all hope as I read about Adunni's life, yet she continually amazed me. It opens with Adunni learning she will soon be married to a man older than her father, where she will become the third wife in her new home. To think that this practice still exists today all over the world! All Adunni wanted was to go to school and earn an education. 5 stars!!This is immediately going on my best of 2020 list. There is so much to hold on to and talk about with this very special book. I found myself bereft of all hope as I read about Adunni's life, yet she continually amazed me. It opens with Adunni learning she will soon be married to a man older than her father, where she will become the third wife in her new home. To think that this practice still exists today all over the world! All Adunni wanted was to go to school and earn an education. My heart just broke for her. So many girls in this and similar situations are being robbed of opportunities and it made me so thankful that my daughter (and me too come to think of it) were saved this terrible fate. In ninth grade English, we had a unit called 'The Indomitable Spirit" and if this book were alive and kicking in 1997 when I took that course, The Girl With The Louding Voice would have been front and center. Adunni was unconquerable and that gave me hope. That kept me reading. I read an egalley of this, but will be sure to add this to my book collection because the writing was phenomenal. My copy will be full of fluorescent highlighting because it was just that good. I absolutely urge you to read this book. Run if you have to! Abi Dare is without a doubt one of my new favorites and I will be sure to add her to my list of auto-buy authors. Thank you to Edelweiss, Dutton Books for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.Review Date: 02/10/2020Publication Date: 02/25/2020
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    Today is publication day for this book. Congratulations, Abi Dare!This novel won the Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018. In this interview Abi Dare shares a little about the story and her writing process: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2018/09/...4.5 starsWhen we think of a coming-of-age story, we usually imagine a sweet, gradual awakening from adolescence into adulthood. There are bumps and bruises and broken hearts along the way, but it's all just part of growing up. Adunni is Today is publication day for this book. Congratulations, Abi Dare!This novel won the Bath Novel Award for unpublished manuscripts in 2018. In this interview Abi Dare shares a little about the story and her writing process: https://bathnovelaward.co.uk/2018/09/...4.5 starsWhen we think of a coming-of-age story, we usually imagine a sweet, gradual awakening from adolescence into adulthood. There are bumps and bruises and broken hearts along the way, but it's all just part of growing up. Adunni is a Nigerian girl who doesn't get the luxury of that incremental process. Her coming of age is swift and brutal, dictated by her father, who thinks a girl-child is "a wasted waste, a thing with no voice, no dreams, no brain."When Adunni is fourteen years old, her father sells her to a rich old man who wants a third wife. Thus begins a journey that is disturbing and traumatic, but ultimately triumphant. Before Adunni's mother died, she told her daughter, "Your schooling is your voice, child. It will be speaking for you even if you didn't open your mouth to talk." Throughout everything Adunni has to endure, her dream of furthering her education grows ever stronger. Even after she is essentially sold into what amounts to socially sanctioned slavery in Lagos, she never gives up hope. She wants to become a teacher because, she says, "I don't just want to be having any kind of voice...I want a louding voice."There are a number of messages the author is trying to convey about Nigeria in this novel. Adunni is representative of several social ills, including child marriage, slave labor, and the enormous chasm between the rich and poor. Nigeria is the wealthiest country in Africa, and yet over half of its people live on less than one dollar a day. All of these issues are important, but as a reader I was content just to get to know a spirited girl like Adunni. At first I wasn't sure what to make of her, but she grows on you. She already has the voice her mother spoke of, but she's clueless as to how to use it to her best advantage. She really is still a child, and she blurts things out and asks inappropriate questions at the most inopportune times. It gets her in a lot of trouble. Sometimes she is beaten or made to go without food, but she can't help herself. Eventually Adunni asks the right people the right questions, and she gets a shot at a brighter future. Sometimes all it takes is someone who can point you in the right direction and who believes in you as much as you want to believe in yourself. Adunni is the first person narrator and she tells her story in an unusual style of English that takes a while to get used to. At first I wasn't sure if I could stick with it, but my brain did adjust, and eventually I stopped noticing it. If you watch closely, you will notice that the the style changes ever so gradually in the second half of the book as Adunni gets the chance to improve her English skills. Available February 4, 2020
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  • Elena L.
    January 1, 1970
    [4,5/5 stars]THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE centers around the life of Adunni - a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who doesn't want to follow the destiny of all the Nigerian girls and desires to choose her own future.The first chapter already had me infuriated! I found myself helpless in front of the cultural imposition - Abi Dare does a fantastic job tackling issues of sexism, marriage, parenting, futility, negativity of a patriarchal society and women's inequality. Having read a great amount [4,5/5 stars]THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE centers around the life of Adunni - a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who doesn't want to follow the destiny of all the Nigerian girls and desires to choose her own future.The first chapter already had me infuriated! I found myself helpless in front of the cultural imposition - Abi Dare does a fantastic job tackling issues of sexism, marriage, parenting, futility, negativity of a patriarchal society and women's inequality. Having read a great amount of stories in which women are culturally less worthy, I still found it unbelievable how women are regarded as meaningless, when they don't have voice for marriage or anything that we consider fundamental. I was totally invested in the story and the slangs made it even more authentic. The characters were developed in complexity and I felt connected with them. I personally loved Adunni - she was an image of a girl with dreams, being innocent and at the same time, having a good notion of the "dangers" surrounding her. Her curious nature had me thinking of the fact that people shouldn't just accept their realities and live with it. I enjoyed how the characters were down-to-earth and sympathized with the sisterhood between Adunni and Khadija. Also, how inspiring and impactful was the figure of Tia and Kofi in Adunni's life. The facts about Nigeria in each chapter were utterly interesting - it shows that Nigeria is a wealthy country while having so much poverty and inequality. I devoured this book yet I didn't want it to end. I only wished there was more about the characters' future in the end.Through stunning writing, THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is a powerful and eye-opening debut that I can't recommend enough! It reminded me a bit of "A thousand splendid suns" which I loved.[ I received an ARC from the publisher and all opinions are my own ]
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars "I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking." I first came across this book in an article written in Daily Kos challenging readers to read 52 books by women of color over the course of the year. I fell in love with the cover. I fell in love with the description. Once I started reading I fell in love with Adunni and her spirit. The Girl With the Louding Voice is a coming of age story 4.5 stars "I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking." I first came across this book in an article written in Daily Kos challenging readers to read 52 books by women of color over the course of the year. I fell in love with the cover. I fell in love with the description. Once I started reading I fell in love with Adunni and her spirit. The Girl With the Louding Voice is a coming of age story set in Nigeria. Fourteen year old Adunni has always been encouraged by her mother to follow her dreams. But shortly after her mother's death she is sold off into marriage against her will. Most of the village is happy for her. Her chosen husband is rich and can afford to pay the community rent as part of her bride price. Not all young girls are so lucky. Adunni with her hopes and her dreams is seen as selfish and ungrateful. What she is expected to do is obey her husband and give him boy children. This might sound outrageous for this day and age. Surely child marriage is a thing of the past right? But no. Although there are some protections in place, young girls are still being forced into marriages. A 2018 UNICEF report estimates that one out of every three girls is married before they reach the age of 18. Although child marriage is an important topic, Dare's debut novel explores patriarchal society more deeply. She looks at the exploitation of children for free labor and examines women's roles in furthering these offenses. In fact, the women in the book were some of the most egregious perpetrators when it came to abusing young girls and women. I understand the concept that "hurt people hurt people" but injustice does not thrive without compliance. That being said I think that The Girl With the Louding Voice was a fairly accurate depiction. I really appreciate that Dare chose such a headstrong and vibrant young character to tell this story.Special thanks to NetGalley, Dutton Books and Abi Dare for access to this wonderful book.
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  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    Binge-worthy literary fiction. Say what?! Let me introduce you to THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE (available today!).Adunni, is just 14 when her mother passes away and her father sells her as a 3rd wife to a much older man. Not long after being married, tragedy strikes and she is sold as a servant to a very wealthy household in Lagos. Adunni must fight against all the odds to have a voice and not just a voice but a LOUDING VOICE. “Not his-story,” I say. “My own will be called her-story. Adunni’s Binge-worthy literary fiction. Say what?! Let me introduce you to THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE (available today!).Adunni, is just 14 when her mother passes away and her father sells her as a 3rd wife to a much older man. Not long after being married, tragedy strikes and she is sold as a servant to a very wealthy household in Lagos. Adunni must fight against all the odds to have a voice and not just a voice but a LOUDING VOICE. “Not his-story,” I say. “My own will be called her-story. Adunni’s story.”Like most stories, this one is best gone in blind. Adunni had my heart from the very first page. You will be cheering for her and screaming and clawing at the people that try to stand in the way. She’s so full of light and hope despite the cruel world around her.While this is a work of fiction, I love that the author sprinkled in Nigerian facts at the beginning of some of the chapters. “A 2003 study of over 65 countries suggested that the happiest and most optimistic people in the world live in Nigeria.” I also want to mention that the dialect may be unfamiliar to some but do not let it deter you, persevere and you will find your groove quite quickly. All the SUNSHINE for this beautiful story. Get your hands on a copy when it releases February 4th and save a special place for it on your shelves after you’ve finished. This is going at the top of my forever favorites stack.P.S. This is a @bookofthemonth selection for February, a @diversespines pick for March and #thesixspotlight for February. It’s BASICally a necessity in your reading life.
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  • Kayla Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    It may be bold to say, but this is the best book I’ve ever read. This is a masterfully-crafted combination of flawless literary fiction and astounding cultural statistics.I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I am helping.I’ve said this before, and I firmly believe it It may be bold to say, but this is the best book I’ve ever read. This is a masterfully-crafted combination of flawless literary fiction and astounding cultural statistics.❝I want more than just a voice, I want a louding voice. I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I am helping.❞I’ve said this before, and I firmly believe it still—books have so much power to move us, change us, and teach us. The Girl With A Louding Voice exemplifies a reality that will render you completely heartsick, but will also squeeze out every ounce of compassion within your heart for others and their experiences. A story that encourages a momentous rising of grace and empathy. A reshaping happens during these pages. A powerful combination of prose, people, and culture—a loud debut that deserves to be heard!I think we as humans should always be looking for ways to make a positive difference—we should always be open-minded and vigilant to what is happening around the world. I am thankful for books written by own voice authors that give us a new perspective into things we may not have known much about beforehand.❝I want to tell her that God is not a cement building of stones and sand. That God is not for all that putting inside the house and locking Him there. I want her to know that the only way to know if a person find God and keep Him in their heart is to check how the person is treating other people, if he treats people like Jesus says—with love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness.❞This was a book written from the voice of a girl who desires to be heard. The characters are fully dimensional. I felt their pain and sorrow so deeply. The descriptions that showed the reader into Nigerian culture were vivid and palpable. The writing was immersive, and I felt as if I was being told someone’s life story while being face-to-face with them.❝Because it is true, the future is always working, always busy unfolding better things, and even if it doesn’t seem so sometimes, we have hope of it.❞This was an all-embracing story about strength, pain, and the bravery a girl has to dream for a life beyond the limitations she’s been bound to. We live through our faith; our faith is what can propel us forward through our despair.
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  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    So I’m speechless after reading The Girl With The Louding Voice over the weekend. This was one of those books that I could have easily binge read in one sitting, but I wanted to soak in the story of Adunni.After a few 5 star reviews started flooding my feed, I was excited to read this debut novel, but I had no idea that I would immerse myself so fully into the story.I was so drawn to Adunni’s powerful spirit, despite the fact that she is sold into a marriage at the age of 14, living in a village So I’m speechless after reading The Girl With The Louding Voice over the weekend. This was one of those books that I could have easily binge read in one sitting, but I wanted to soak in the story of Adunni.After a few 5 star reviews started flooding my feed, I was excited to read this debut novel, but I had no idea that I would immerse myself so fully into the story.I was so drawn to Adunni’s powerful spirit, despite the fact that she is sold into a marriage at the age of 14, living in a village of Nigeria, with no voice regarding her future. Abi Dare has written a beautiful novel, and tackled the issues of sexism, power, grief, marriage, and women’s inequality so effortlessly, and I can see why this book is getting the early praise that it deserves.I highly recommend this book, and you should get those pre-orders in, because this is going down as a favorite of mine!*Thank you Dutton for the beautiful finished copy for review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
    January 1, 1970
    I await this novel's deserving film adaptation. As I read this tale, I experienced several emotions. To name a few, hope, heartbreak, fear, and joy. Some may ask how could I possibly feel these things toward a story that's challenging to the senses and soul. Easy. I listened. One must listen to Adunni to appreciate the full scoop of her story. The story's unnerving, but it's well worth a read. Take your time with this one. It deserves to have every word savored.1) The plot is simple. A young I await this novel's deserving film adaptation. As I read this tale, I experienced several emotions. To name a few, hope, heartbreak, fear, and joy. Some may ask how could I possibly feel these things toward a story that's challenging to the senses and soul. Easy. I listened. One must listen to Adunni to appreciate the full scoop of her story. The story's unnerving, but it's well worth a read. Take your time with this one. It deserves to have every word savored.1) The plot is simple. A young girl finds her truth via various trials and tribulations. They are gut-wrenching and, you may shed a tear or two. Do not center yourself in this story. You do yourself and the story a disservice. Listen!2) Characters are flawed. They will give you reason to toss the book several times at a wall. But there are some that may your heart beat a few paces faster as they support the young girl in this story.3) One caveat: I would have liked an epilogue to see where three characters - Ms. Tia, Adunni, and Kola - and their journeys progressed or ended.I loved this story and I hope others will do the same. (Trigger warnings: Physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse; violence; misogynoir)5/5
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  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Dutton Books for my review copy.Adunni, you have my heart girl. I have so many thoughts. So, so many. I don't really want to speak on them all....I want you to read this book blind. I'm going to say just a few things.1. The characters written here are the most memorable of characters. Exceptional.2. The actual location was a learning experience for me.3. The fact that I was surprised how much hope I would walk away with.That's all I'm going to say. Read this book. Let your daughter Thank you to Dutton Books for my review copy.Adunni, you have my heart girl. I have so many thoughts. So, so many. I don't really want to speak on them all....I want you to read this book blind. I'm going to say just a few things.1. The characters written here are the most memorable of characters. Exceptional.2. The actual location was a learning experience for me.3. The fact that I was surprised how much hope I would walk away with.That's all I'm going to say. Read this book. Let your daughter and your sons read this book...within the right age as there are very hard subjects....but oh my goodness...READ. THIS. NOVEL.How is that for a five star review (lol). Seriously. This will be a favorite this year and many years to come. I can already tell. The Girl with the Louding Voice holds a piece of my heart.
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  • Mikaela (Booklover1974)
    January 1, 1970
    2,5 stars I realize I'm in minority here but I just couldn't give the book more stars. It took a while to get use to the language, it's written in rather bad English (the way Adunni talks) but after a while it was OK. Adunni is the fourteen year old girl who wants a louding voice, she wants it's so loud that the whole Nigeria can hear her. All she dreams of is to be a teacher and have a classroom full of children that listens to her. Too bad her father has other plans for her, like marrying her 2,5 stars I realize I'm in minority here but I just couldn't give the book more stars. It took a while to get use to the language, it's written in rather bad English (the way Adunni talks) but after a while it was OK. Adunni is the fourteen year old girl who wants a louding voice, she wants it's so loud that the whole Nigeria can hear her. All she dreams of is to be a teacher and have a classroom full of children that listens to her. Too bad her father has other plans for her, like marrying her off to an older man for a lot of money, against Adunnis will. 📚During the whole story it's almost palpable, Adunnis dream to be an educated person. In that way I like the story but I didn't like how Adunni sometimes were so stupid it was embarrassing. The author did a poorly job with her. Being a fourteen year old girl and not know your traditions and culture about marriage is very naive and behaving like a spoiled brat is not a compelling trait. I could say a lot more about Adunni but I would spoil events for you then.📚Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    January 1, 1970
    5+ Stars! Review first published on Readingladies.com“Tomorrow will be better than today. I have value and I’m important.”Life for a woman is not easy in Nigeria. Adunni’s mom plants the thought of having a “voice” in her spirit. Fourteen-year-old Adunni is determined to fight for her voice to be heard and for her future despite being sold as a third wife. Even when she runs away, she finds herself in another powerless position of servitude. Adunni is introduced to a more modern woman who 5+ Stars! Review first published on Readingladies.com“Tomorrow will be better than today. I have value and I’m important.”Life for a woman is not easy in Nigeria. Adunni’s mom plants the thought of having a “voice” in her spirit. Fourteen-year-old Adunni is determined to fight for her voice to be heard and for her future despite being sold as a third wife. Even when she runs away, she finds herself in another powerless position of servitude. Adunni is introduced to a more modern woman who befriends her and encourages her to keep hope alive and to think of herself as important and having value.I could leave my review at one word: WOW! The Girl With the Louding Voice checks all my boxes for a great read:√ diverse culture√ likable character√ unputdownable√ thought-provoking themes√ substantial and relevant content√ powerful, emotional, memorableI’m intrigued by being transported to a world I know nothing about, experiencing a life foreign to me through a unique point of view, and falling in love with a character. I love cheering for Adunni and hoping for her future because, in my mind, she’s a symbol of oppressed girls around the world who fight every day for education and for their voices to be heard. The Girl With the Louding Voice reminds me of memorable reads with similar themes such as The Pearl That Broke its Shell, I Am Malala, and Amal Unbound.Although she is trapped in a life of servitude, fourteen-year-old Adunni sets the highest goals for herself (paraphrased): Mom tells Adunni that education is her voice. Adunni’s goal is to go to primary, secondary, and university and to become a teacher because she doesn’t want any kind of a voice, she wants a Louding Voice.Thoughtful themes include women’s rights, equal access to education, finding your voice, overcoming oppression, hope for the future, women as mentors/role models, and friendship.Even though this is a heartbreaking read, I highly recommend The Girl With the Louding Voice and I’ll be promoting it to everyone I know! It’s memorable (gave me a huge book hangover), unputdownable, engaging, poignant, and compelling. Yes, all the words!TL:DR: This story is a love letter of hope and encouragement to girls worldwide who are dreaming and striving to use their own Louding Voices!For more reviews visit my blog www.readingladies.com
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  • Kaytee Cobb
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible. Persistence, resilience. Adunni is amazing. And everyone needs a Ms. Tia in her life.
  • Renee (some kind of a library)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for my free copy. "...I don't just want to be having any kind voice...I want a louding voice." Theres something about reading a book with a main character that digs deep and doesn't let go- that feeing hangs on. I'd like you to meet Adunni, a 14 year old girl from Nigeria who experiences deep sorrow and pain and hope and empathy while on her journey to finding her "louding voice". When I closed this book I was without any words to describe my experience of reading- Thank you to the publisher for my free copy. "...I don't just want to be having any kind voice...I want a louding voice." Theres something about reading a book with a main character that digs deep and doesn't let go- that feeing hangs on. I'd like you to meet Adunni, a 14 year old girl from Nigeria who experiences deep sorrow and pain and hope and empathy while on her journey to finding her "louding voice". When I closed this book I was without any words to describe my experience of reading- there was nothing I could say that really felt adequate other than "READ THIS". And a strong feeling knowing I will not forget Adunni, her story or the hope she carried with her for a long time. Incredibly well written, I was invested in Adunni's journey after only a few chapters and quickly realized this book was something really special. I highly recommend this story if you are looking for something powerful that will move your heart and leave a lasting mark on you.
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    This book blew me away. The unique style for which it was written and the powerful impact it left made this an easy 5 stars for me. The author does an impeccable job at inviting you into Adunni’s life and making you feel the landscape of Nigeria throughout the entire story. Sprinkled with facts about Nigeria and full of emotion, this story is one that I will think about long after the book is closed. If this is not yet on your lists, do yourself a favor and add it asap. This is captivating story This book blew me away. The unique style for which it was written and the powerful impact it left made this an easy 5 stars for me. The author does an impeccable job at inviting you into Adunni’s life and making you feel the landscape of Nigeria throughout the entire story. Sprinkled with facts about Nigeria and full of emotion, this story is one that I will think about long after the book is closed. If this is not yet on your lists, do yourself a favor and add it asap. This is captivating story is going to be hard to knock off my 2020 top ten list.
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  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    January 1, 1970
    via my blog:https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/"But I don’t want to born anything now. How will a girl like me born childrens? Why I fill up the world with sad childrens that are not having a chance to go to school? Why make the world to be one big, sad, silent place because all the childrens not having a voice?"Adunni’s mother once told her that an education is the only way for a Nigerian girl to have a ‘louding voice’. Without an education, a woman cannot speak up for herself, will never be via my blog:https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/"But I don’t want to born anything now. How will a girl like me born childrens? Why I fill up the world with sad childrens that are not having a chance to go to school? Why make the world to be one big, sad, silent place because all the childrens not having a voice?"Adunni’s mother once told her that an education is the only way for a Nigerian girl to have a ‘louding voice’. Without an education, a woman cannot speak up for herself, will never be able to support a life of her own, nor have any say at all in what happens to her body, mind and soul. After the worst day of Adunni’s life, schooling is a long forgotten dream and all hopes die. It is after a tragic loss that her father demands Adunni be a dutiful daughter and become a third wife to a much older man, the taxi driver Morufu. This is the only way she can save her family when her father cannot afford the rent anymore, bad enough he couldn’t afford to let her continue her education, but a threat looms and he could lose the roof over their heads. As a daughter, her bride-price will be enough to pay the community rent so that her brother Kayus and father won’t be kicked out. But in forcing Adunni, only fourteen years old, to marry an old fool- he is breaking a promise to her mother. She must do as she’s told, never in a million years would she see her father and little brother homeless, hungry.Just like that she is married off and slaving away as a third wife, hated by the first, Labake. Her welcome isn’t warm, it is a cold threat, “When I finish with you in this house, you will curse the day your mother born you…” To first wife, Adunni is a husband snatcher, there to birth him children and try to replace her. What good is a woman if she isn’t fertile? Yet, this isn’t the worst of what Adunni will suffer through. She will do her time in Morufu’s house, where he is king to long suffering women who provide him with useless daughters. She learns fast just what it means for a man to have the devil inside of him. Obey, or there will be beatings. If she runs away, then what will that mean for her family who are now well fed? Her husband is, after-all, considered a rich man in his village- who else has two cars?Running away isn’t necessarily the road to salvation. A girl with nothing is reliant on the kindness of strangers and too easily fooled into situations as bad as the ones she escaped from. Ignorance and youth make it impossible to navigate the brutality of those who would use it to their advantage. It is a crime to run, therefore what other choice is there than to bow your head in respect, work your fingers to the bone and endure, endure all manner of abuse, endure others taking their cut from your servitude? If the man of the house comes sniffing around, you do your best to hide. Sexual advances are the least she has to fear! Sometimes it is the women who are the biggest monsters. Take your beatings, do your duty even though it will never be good enough, even though the woman of the house will take her heartbreak out on you.Through her suffering, Adunni also uncovers the horrible stories of the girls who have walked this exact path before her. Despite the violence, Adunni remains steadfast that she must do everything in her power to find her louding voice. This requires outwitting those who have all the power, and pushing herself despite her exhaustion, fear, and the constant reminder that she is nothing and never will be. She mustn’t believe what the others tell her, that it’s best to accept her station in life and stop her flights of fancy, imaging she could ever be more than a workhorse for others. She must remember her mothers dream for her, and use her words as a guiding light in these darkest of times.This novel is painful because it sheds light on what is happening in other countries. Girls are trafficked and forced into modern day slavery, a female child a commodity when one can’t afford to feed their other children, especially the male children. Daughters are sold to afford a better life for everyone else, and this is modern times! We take for granted the luxury of an education at it’s most elementary level. We fear having the opportunity to send our children to college, imagine not having the money for basic schooling. In this novel, Morufu’s hunger for an heir exposes how women are always the ‘curse’, the ‘failure’. His first wife’s animosity is a matter of her being ‘not right in the head’, to Morufu’s way of thinking, yet what drove her to rage, madness? Imagine the demands, the crushing weight of the pain all three wives endure, all because of old beliefs. A devil inside of him, indeed.There is hope for Adunni through a sisterhood bond but other girls aren’t so lucky. It’s eye opening. It is a relief to know the freedoms of the Western World and yet trafficking of human beings happens here too so I am not getting on some high horse. Village life in Nigeria for Adunni is certainly not like our modern ways and superstitions still run rampant. Sacrificing goats in the hopes of birthing a son, killed for loving someone who was forced to marry another, marrying girls to old men so they can use their burgeoning fertility and have sons… it can feel like the dark ages, yet it is reality for many. Disposable girls, buried futures… but Adunni may just find her voice!Publication Date: February 4, 2020Penguin GroupDutton
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible. I was drawn by the cover initially and intrigued by the description as I enjoy literature focused outside the US and UK but don't read nearly enough of it. I was lucky enough to snag an ARC from NetGalley.This was unique for me in a couple ways--first that while most African set fiction I read is Nigerian or South African, this was the first that wasn't completely based in Lagos or other cities-- we got to Lagos eventually but experience a good portion of small village life first. Incredible. I was drawn by the cover initially and intrigued by the description as I enjoy literature focused outside the US and UK but don't read nearly enough of it. I was lucky enough to snag an ARC from NetGalley.This was unique for me in a couple ways--first that while most African set fiction I read is Nigerian or South African, this was the first that wasn't completely based in Lagos or other cities-- we got to Lagos eventually but experience a good portion of small village life first. Secondly, this was a first person account in dialect-- generally when things are entirely dialect, I need an audio version because I can listen much easier than read it. I had no problem here and fell easily into the rhythm. I've been completely spellbound by Adunni's coming of age story the last few nights. The story begins with her life in a village, being promised to an older man as his third wife when she's 14 and segues into her day to day working as housemaid in a rich Lagos household (I won't spoil the journey there). Adunni is wise, intelligent, and works ceaselessly to finding a better life, where she can use her "louding voice" to help others like her. This was an emotionally draining and eye-opening narrative but a thousand times worth it. I just wish we could join Adunni in her next stage of life and see what happens next. However you're left satisfied and optimistic that she will go on to great things. Highly recommended.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this, but I wasn't blown away. The author creates very vivid characters and used the foreign vernacular successfully enough that it planted me right into the setting. Although that vernacular was awkward to read at first, and I did wonder whether I could read an entire book of it, there was a rhythm I was able to pick up on. I think the author has a very strong message that wasn't necessarily successfully communicated through what was written. While I did get an understanding of the I liked this, but I wasn't blown away. The author creates very vivid characters and used the foreign vernacular successfully enough that it planted me right into the setting. Although that vernacular was awkward to read at first, and I did wonder whether I could read an entire book of it, there was a rhythm I was able to pick up on. I think the author has a very strong message that wasn't necessarily successfully communicated through what was written. While I did get an understanding of the plight of Nigeria, and especially the women, I think I created a lot of the emotion that went with that myself as I read along, I didn't think it came through the writing. I also enjoyed the first half of the book much more than the second. There felt like so much more emotion was put into the beginning and the second half was maybe rushed. Overall though, this was an interesting read and with all the really great reviews I would recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy.
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  • Ana (inquisitivebookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Dutton Books and NetGalley for the free review copy!What an absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching novel! Told through the voice of Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl, this story follows her journey as she fights to obtain an education for herself, all while being sold into marriage by her own father and attempting to escape a life of servitude. The author's choice to depict this story through Adunni's exact language, grammar, and syntax is---in my opinion---what makes this novel so Thanks to Dutton Books and NetGalley for the free review copy!What an absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching novel! Told through the voice of Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl, this story follows her journey as she fights to obtain an education for herself, all while being sold into marriage by her own father and attempting to escape a life of servitude. The author's choice to depict this story through Adunni's exact language, grammar, and syntax is---in my opinion---what makes this novel so powerful. Not only is it brutally authentic but it gives Adunni what she craves most: the ability to have her voice heard. As I sit here writing this review, I don't think there are proper words to describe how in awe I am of Adunni's courage and confidence. Despite the horrific traumas she's subjected to, she remains firm in her belief that her voice matters, and that she is 100% deserving of a quality education. The term "strong female character" is something that gets bounced around in major book reviewer platforms like Bookstagram, BookTube, and popular book blogs, but I think Adunni is one of the few characters I have ever encountered that truly embodies that definition, and takes it to the next level. If there's any February release you need to read, it's this one.
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  • Cheryl M-M
    January 1, 1970
    Education equals louding voice, which in turn will enable Adunni to make decisions and speak for herself. It's what her mother always told her, but her mother is dead and Adunni has taken her place in the family. With a family to feed and rent to pay Adunni becomes the only commodity her father has, so he sells her to a local man. A third wife to be, her dreams wither and die.Things come to a head and fourteen-year-old Adunni runs away and ends up in the hands of a scrupulous criminal who sells Education equals louding voice, which in turn will enable Adunni to make decisions and speak for herself. It's what her mother always told her, but her mother is dead and Adunni has taken her place in the family. With a family to feed and rent to pay Adunni becomes the only commodity her father has, so he sells her to a local man. A third wife to be, her dreams wither and die.Things come to a head and fourteen-year-old Adunni runs away and ends up in the hands of a scrupulous criminal who sells her into servitude. There she again works as an unpaid skivvy and is mistreated by her mistress. No matter where she turns there seems to be the same result.At first she doesn't question the girls who have trodden in her footsteps before her, but there is something about the last girl that doesn't quite sit right. What really happened to Rebecca and is there something or someone Adunni should be afraid of?One of the saddest and most poignant moments in the book is when you realise that the story of Adunni isn't set in the past. It's set in modern day Nigeria, and because of that it is absolutely heartbreaking. Her status as a girl means living as the subservient daughter, the obedient wife and lastly as the servant who is treated worse than a stray dog. Such is the life of her gender. No power, no choice and no voice.I loved the use of language as a tool to show progress and oppression in the same breath. Daré keeps the entire story on the level of the teenage girl, and yet it simultaneously screams out the unfairness of the adulthood which has been forced upon her.It's a contemporary cultural read - a strong reminder of the stark contrast of life for women outside of the high walls of Western civilisation.*I received a copy via NetGalley*
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  • Rena
    January 1, 1970
    No Spoilers! A beautifully written debut novel that grabbed onto my heartstrings and never let go! Dare’ efficiently carries the reader through many significant events in a deep and powerful way. It was a joy to join Adunni on her life journey through an array of emotions and choices. I imagine I’ll carry Adunni’s hope and determination with me as as she imprints upon my life journey both consciously and unconsciously. Thank you for sharing Adunni with the world Abi Dare’.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    I still need to digest all that I read. Every woman should read this.
  • Casey the Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Dutton Books for the free copy of this book.Fourteen year old Adunni lives in rural Nigeria. After her mother's unexpected death, her family runs out of money and Adunni's father sells her off to a marriage with an older man whose two existing wives have not given him sons. Adunni's mother always told her an education was the way out of a life of poverty and subservience, and she is determined to find her voice. THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is a coming-of-age story of a girl who Thanks to Dutton Books for the free copy of this book.Fourteen year old Adunni lives in rural Nigeria. After her mother's unexpected death, her family runs out of money and Adunni's father sells her off to a marriage with an older man whose two existing wives have not given him sons. Adunni's mother always told her an education was the way out of a life of poverty and subservience, and she is determined to find her voice. THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is a coming-of-age story of a girl who must fight for her girlhood and her adulthood. I loved Adunni immediately - she has a big personality and is impossible not to root for. She's up against so much and never loses sight of her goal of education, patriarchy be damned. Some turns of the plot felt a bit too coincidental to me, a few too many things falling exactly into place to get us to the next step. Ultimately, though, Adunni was a compelling enough protagonist that I had to know what happened to her next.
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    Abi Daré is a new, important voice bringing attention to the issues still plaguing young people in Nigeria who are essentially being sold into a slave trade, working for free for the rich in Lagos. The story takes place in 2014-2015 during the most turbulent change of Adunni's life following her abrupt marriage to a much older man who already had two wives and was desperate to have a son, the sudden illness of the pregnant second wife, and Adunni's running away from the village to a family Abi Daré is a new, important voice bringing attention to the issues still plaguing young people in Nigeria who are essentially being sold into a slave trade, working for free for the rich in Lagos. The story takes place in 2014-2015 during the most turbulent change of Adunni's life following her abrupt marriage to a much older man who already had two wives and was desperate to have a son, the sudden illness of the pregnant second wife, and Adunni's running away from the village to a family friend who, though dying, is able to call in a favor in time just before her furious father and brother can track her down and drag her back to her husband's home. Unfortunately, her way out is in to the luxurious home of a wealthy woman with a thriving textile business, a short temper, and a philandering husband. She and the cook warn young Adunni, then not even 15 years old, to stay away from the husband lest she get herself into trouble. Despite the promise of money a few months later, her handler, the "employment" agent the woman pays directly, never gets back in touch thus shorting Adunni of every paycheck and any possibility of a getting away from the daily beatings and near starvation she endures. She finds some solace in her friendship with the cook and one of the woman's neighbors who retains an empathy that her employer clearly does not. Though the story is heartbreaking, Adunni's resilient spirit is wonderful and worth the worry and hurt this book is sure to wreak.
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  • Ahaaha4
    January 1, 1970
    Where to begin? I will start by saying this book will hands down be the absolutely BEST book I will read in this decade! The title drew me in and every word after continued to fill my heart with so many feelings. Feelings of love, frustration, hate, fear, compassion, joy and hope. This is the story of Adunni, whose name means sweetness, she is the girl with the louding voice. She was born into a life she did not choose, but a life that she makes the best of. She never stops loving Nigeria her Where to begin? I will start by saying this book will hands down be the absolutely BEST book I will read in this decade! The title drew me in and every word after continued to fill my heart with so many feelings. Feelings of love, frustration, hate, fear, compassion, joy and hope. This is the story of Adunni, whose name means sweetness, she is the girl with the louding voice. She was born into a life she did not choose, but a life that she makes the best of. She never stops loving Nigeria her country even though she lives a life of suffering. Adunni dreams of one day making a difference. Nigeria is the richest country in Africa yet there are one hundred million Nigerians living there today in utter poverty surviving on less than a dollar a day. Adunni was married off at the age of fifteen, for money, by her father so that he could remain in his house. Her mother had died but left Adunni with these words, “you must do good for other peoples, even if you are not well.” The story is also about Ms. Tia., a wealthy woman who lives next door. Though wealthy, Tia and Adunni become friends. Ms. Tia is a breathe of fresh air in Adunni’s life. She brings Adunni hope that she never believed was possible. The story is written in broken English, but this is what makes it so real. Adunni is so courageous. She is my new hero. Abi Dare don’t ever stop writing. Your voice must continue to be heard. What an absolutely AMAZING debut novel. I hope you will consider writing a sequel so that we can see what happens to Adunni, one of the sweetest, bravest, most optimistic young ladies I know. A movie would be great too! I fear I will be in a reading slump now because nothing will compare to The Girl With The Louding Voice.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing. In the beginning, I had a slightly difficult time adjusting to the broken English vernacular. I had to reread some sentences and paragraphs and it was slow going for a very short time. However, I did get used to it. Adunni is a strong, resilient character and her voice comes through so clearly. You feel like you really are inside her mind as she struggles, feels joy, is exploited and devalued all while persevering for an education that is hard won. What impressed me the most about this Amazing. In the beginning, I had a slightly difficult time adjusting to the broken English vernacular. I had to reread some sentences and paragraphs and it was slow going for a very short time. However, I did get used to it. Adunni is a strong, resilient character and her voice comes through so clearly. You feel like you really are inside her mind as she struggles, feels joy, is exploited and devalued all while persevering for an education that is hard won. What impressed me the most about this book was the author’s ability to show Adunni’s suffering but never in a bitter, angry, depressing way. Somehow Adunni is able to feel love, sympathy and kindness even towards those who mistreat her. To me, the ability she had to do all this is expressed in this paragraph: “I want to tell her that God is not a cement building of stones and sand. That God is not for all that putting inside a house and locking Him there. I want her to know that the only way to know if a person find God and keep Him in their heart is to check how a person is treating other people, if he treats people like Jesus says - with love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness-“That’s the secret of the hope and love Adunni is able to carry in her heart and I just loved it.
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  • Mainlinebooker
    January 1, 1970
    May this 14 year old Nigerian girl never leave the imprint of her struggle, her humanity and her bravery from my brain. As she narrates how her world widens from her poor home in her village to the city of riches in Lagos, one watches the unfolding of the chrysalis becoming a butterfly. She dreams of becoming a teacher but her dreams were decimated when her mother died and her father married her to an older man in order to have money to support himself and his other two boys. As she continues to May this 14 year old Nigerian girl never leave the imprint of her struggle, her humanity and her bravery from my brain. As she narrates how her world widens from her poor home in her village to the city of riches in Lagos, one watches the unfolding of the chrysalis becoming a butterfly. She dreams of becoming a teacher but her dreams were decimated when her mother died and her father married her to an older man in order to have money to support himself and his other two boys. As she continues to struggle through life, I was torn at my very being by her goodness, forbearance and compassion even when she was subjected to many abuses of the spirit and the body. Written in broken English, it was easy to immerse into the pattern and made the book feel more authentic. Not only was it a story of strength and empowerment, but the author made you feel you found the pulse that composes Nigeria. Seriously, I cannot recommend this book more highly.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    That is this book about?Adunni, age 14, a poor girl living in Nigeria just wants to find her place in this world. She wants to go to school and become a teacher but when her mother dies she is forced to make some sacrifices. Adunni refuses to give up on her dreams and will fight to keep them alive. What did I think?Wow! Wow! Wow! This will easily be on my top 10 for 2020. The book is so beautifully written, the storyline, the plot, the characters. Love Love Love! I truly enjoyed following Adunni That is this book about?Adunni, age 14, a poor girl living in Nigeria just wants to find her place in this world. She wants to go to school and become a teacher but when her mother dies she is forced to make some sacrifices. Adunni refuses to give up on her dreams and will fight to keep them alive. What did I think?Wow! Wow! Wow! This will easily be on my top 10 for 2020. The book is so beautifully written, the storyline, the plot, the characters. Love Love Love! I truly enjoyed following Adunni on her journey and I was so sad when it was over. I love when I finish book and I'm left with wanting to what the future holds for these characters, wanting to continue to watch their life unfold. I am not going to lie when I saw the style of writing in this book, I almost didn't pick as my BOTM. I am so glad that I picked it anyway. Stop what you are doing right now, buy this book and read it. I promise you will not regret it!
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  • MCZ Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This was my February Book of the Month pick. I’m very happy with my choice. However, I can’t tell if this book is targeted to an adult audience or YA readers (though there’s no reason it can’t be both). The constant threat of violence and the the social commentary seems geared more toward adult readers, but the protagonist is 14 and sometimes her feminist declarations come across as heavy-handed. Still, the writing in this book is gorgeous. I appreciate the author’s writing skill displayed her. This was my February Book of the Month pick. I’m very happy with my choice. However, I can’t tell if this book is targeted to an adult audience or YA readers (though there’s no reason it can’t be both). The constant threat of violence and the the social commentary seems geared more toward adult readers, but the protagonist is 14 and sometimes her feminist declarations come across as heavy-handed. Still, the writing in this book is gorgeous. I appreciate the author’s writing skill displayed her. The narration starts out in “broken” English, but the way words are used shows that the character understands what she wants to say, and it’s a great way to develop the character. The writing becomes more “correct” as the girl learns more. The end of the book becomes a bit repetitious, which is a drawback of this narration style. But the book’s message is important to read, and the short chapters are easy to process, especially when the subject matter is challenging. I can see this becoming a popular book club pick.
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  • Andrea Nourse
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever read a book that both broke and revived your heart? The Girl With the Louding Voice was both heartbreaking and inspiring.I absolutely loved Adunni and reading this book in her voice made it that much more real. Her words and sentences became more confident as she learned and grew, her voice louder and stronger with each page.The Girl with the Louding Voice is definitely one of my top books of 2020.
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