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Book Review: The Girl with the louding voice by Abi Daré

I cannot thank Hodder books enough for sending me this amazing book! Get ready for tomorrow’s UK Publication Day!

The girl with the louding voice by Abi Daré

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5

Overall: Set in Nigeria. Adunni did not want to be sold to an old man as his third wife. Adunni is 14 years old. All Adunni wanted was an education.⁣

⁣Despite it’s extremely hard subject – I LOVED this book! Abi Dare has done a fantastic job with her debut novel creating such an incredibly heartbreaking story, yet still one of hope, courage and determination. Adunni’s character is fearless, smart and amazing. All the surrounding characters backstories are so well crafted too, they really came to life through the pages. It’s going to be in the Top reads for 2020 for sure! US peeps, pick it up NOW, UK get it tomorrow!⁣

 

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.

Plot:

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.

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