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4.5 stars Your schooling is your voice, child It will be speaking for you even if you didn t open your mouth to talk It will be speaking till the day God is calling you come Adunni is a fourteen year old Nigerian girl who wants nothingthan to go to school and become a teacher Her mother is the one who encourages her to find not just her voice, but her louding voice But, when her mother dies, Adunni is sold by her father to a much older man to be his third wife What follows is a l 4.5 stars Your schooling is your voice, child It will be speaking for you even if you didn t open your mouth to talk It will be speaking till the day God is calling you come Adunni is a fourteen year old Nigerian girl who wants nothingthan to go to school and become a teacher Her mother is the one who encourages her to find not just her voice, but her louding voice But, when her mother dies, Adunni is sold by her father to a much older man to be his third wife What follows is a life of abuse and degradation with no opportunity to go to school These are heavy themes but what makes this book shine is the spirit of Adunni She s spunky, filled with life and light, never losing her optimism and hope for an education and better life She is na ve and childlike, unaware of the ways of the world, which was endearing and added much needed humor The entire story is told in broken English I feared this would annoy me but I quickly fell into the rhythm and grew to enjoy it I highly recommend this book on audio Everybody in the whole world be speaking different We all be speaking different because we all are having different growing up life, but we can all be understanding each other if we just take the time to listen well Inspiring and emotional, this is a moving story and I loved being transported into a world I knew little about I very much enjoyed the facts about Nigeria sprinkled throughout the book It could be seen as a bit predictable but I read it as a parable, a story with a lesson Adunni represents the girls who came before her and those who will come after her, the girls whose voices and intelligence have been dimmed due to poverty, lack of opportunity, the exploitation of children, enforced servitude, and the wide gap between the rich and the poor If you love a book that will break your heart, then stitch it up again, this is the book for you I highly recommend this heartfelt story with memorable characters I received a free digital copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review A beautiful debut novel Once again I judged a book by its cover and once again, doing so did not disappoint The main character, our narrator, is every bit as bold and brilliant as the colours on this cover, leaping out from the page as soon as she starts to speak and tell her story.One of the criteria of a good writer is the ability to make us feel for their characters Be it positive or negative, we become emotionally involved in their lives Almost from the beginning of The Girl with the Loud A beautiful debut novel Once again I judged a book by its cover and once again, doing so did not disappoint The main character, our narrator, is every bit as bold and brilliant as the colours on this cover, leaping out from the page as soon as she starts to speak and tell her story.One of the criteria of a good writer is the ability to make us feel for their characters Be it positive or negative, we become emotionally involved in their lives Almost from the beginning of The Girl with the Louding Voice, I was invested in Adunni, wanted her life to be better, her dreams of an education to be fulfilled It is written in the vernacular of English of Adunni s town in Nigeria which I thought gave the novel authenticity It has a beautiful cadence that draws the reader right in and makes it a book you don t want to put down I particularly enjoyed that many of the chapters opened with facts about Nigeria, a country I know little about I hadn t, for instance, realised that it s the 7th most populous country in the world, and one in seven Africans are Nigerian Another thing I hadn t known is about Nigeria s film industry, known as Nollywood Its worth is about 5 billion and is the second largest in the world.I do have two complaints about this book though, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 The story is predictable right from the beginning you know where it s going Also, though it held my interest 100% for most of the book, by the last 50 or so pages, my interest was waning I think this was due to the unbelievability of the conversations that took place between Adunni and Big Madam the woman for whom she was a servant It suddenly felt inauthentic and as though the author was just intent on wrapping the story up neatly It also became overly sentimental towards the end some readers like that in a story I don t Overall, it s a beautiful story of a young girl who longs for an education and a better life but has to fight great odds to reach her dreams Also, this is not a young adult novel, though it is about a teenage girl I point that out because a lot of us do not enjoy YA and I don t want readers to be put off thinking this book belongs in that genre It does not After reading so many rave reviews for this book I just had to get the audiobook WOW is all I can say This book touched me in so many ways, I felt laughter, love, fear, betrayal, anguish and finally triumph I don t always write reviews on audiobooks that I receive from my library but this book is spectacular and not to be missed.Adunni is a 14 y o Nigerian woman who has recently lost her mother, who was her best friend She is still in mourning Adunni has only ever wanted to receive an educ After reading so many rave reviews for this book I just had to get the audiobook WOW is all I can say This book touched me in so many ways, I felt laughter, love, fear, betrayal, anguish and finally triumph I don t always write reviews on audiobooks that I receive from my library but this book is spectacular and not to be missed.Adunni is a 14 y o Nigerian woman who has recently lost her mother, who was her best friend She is still in mourning Adunni has only ever wanted to receive an education Her mother instilled this idea into her since she was very young She knows that an education is the only thing that will get her out of Nigeria and find a place where her louding voice can be heard I will finish my primary and secondary and university schooling and become teacher because I don t just want to be having any kind voice I want a louding voice Her father is worthless and only wants to find a way to make money to pay the rent on their miserable shell of a house She has an older brother who finds work sometimes and a younger brother whom she has been caring for and loves Her father, against her will, marries her off to a much older man The man wants Adunni to provide him with a son that his first two wives have not given him You heard right, Adunni is to be his third wife.After enduring just a few weeks of this unwanted, loveless marriage, this young 14 y o finds a way to get out of her village only to end up as a slave to a rich Nigerian woman and her husband She is supposed to receive wages which she never gets She is treated in the worst possible way, humiliated, beaten, forced to do things she doesn t want to At one point she barely escapes being raped by the husband.She finally finds a way out She studies and applies for a scholarship to school She has help along the way The cook at the house where she works and a younger woman who is an acquaintance of her woman boss She studies English and Nigerian history through books she finds in the unused library and gifts of books from her new friend.I have heard that the dialect can be hard to read in the book but listening to the audiobook it was not a problem, in fact it added so much to Adunni s character.It s hard to believe that this is still taking place today The patriarchal society of Nigeria makes it very difficult for a young woman to escape into a new life Girls of 14 years are often married off, giving birth to many children Most of the population lives in poverty and there is not enough food to feed the many large families.This was so eye opening that I have begun to do some research on what is going on in Nigeria I found this article to be very informative do read or listen to this book, it is one of my top books of 2020 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 Adunni is a 14 year old Nigerian girl who has had limited educational opportunities, but she has always wanted to become a teacher Her opportunities shrink evenwhen her father sells her to an old man to become his third wife Her job is to produce a son for him Following a frightening experience, she runs away and a man claiming to be helping her turns her over to a wealthy couple to work as their maid She gets no wages, is regularly beaten by the wife and sexually threatened by the hus Adunni is a 14 year old Nigerian girl who has had limited educational opportunities, but she has always wanted to become a teacher Her opportunities shrink evenwhen her father sells her to an old man to become his third wife Her job is to produce a son for him Following a frightening experience, she runs away and a man claiming to be helping her turns her over to a wealthy couple to work as their maid She gets no wages, is regularly beaten by the wife and sexually threatened by the husband Adunni is lucky enough to find a mentor to help her attain independence That was the only false note I felt in this book It just seemed too easy for her to manage to break free from her entrapment in this abusive scenario within a mere year after leaving her father s house I also found the dialect a little difficult to follow at times It s really hard for me to come to grips with the fact that this story is set in the 21st century and not the 19th It was a glimpse into an overwhelmingly patriarchal society of forced marriage, indentured servitude, brutal ceremonies and various condoned abuses However, Adunni was strong, resilient and determined to use her louding voice to demand that she be noticed and respected 4.5 stars Audiobook.read by Adjoa Andoh Library overdrive , And.synced with the ebook that I own The Girl With Louding Voice , deserves to win every award it s nominated for Why are the women in Nigeria suffering so muchthan the men WHY My heart was heavy taking in so much sorrow, and pain I was crying and laughing at the same time.towards the end a complete emotional mess My god this novel is BEAUTIFUL Love the song at the end.but tears took awhile to stop It Audiobook.read by Adjoa Andoh Library overdrive , And.synced with the ebook that I own The Girl With Louding Voice , deserves to win every award it s nominated for Why are the women in Nigeria suffering so muchthan the men WHY My heart was heavy taking in so much sorrow, and pain I was crying and laughing at the same time.towards the end a complete emotional mess My god this novel is BEAUTIFUL Love the song at the end.but tears took awhile to stop It s a book I wish everyone would read Deeply felt and moving Highly recommend 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 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 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 voiceI 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 4.5 starsI wantthan 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 starsI wantthan 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 societydeeply 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. {READ DOWNLOAD} Ò The Girl with the Louding Voice õ 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 HeirWhen 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 NothingBut 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 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 o 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 evenauthentic 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 wasabout 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