Thank you to Dutton books for sending me a free copy of The Girl With The Louding Voice in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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.
I needed this book. I needed it to remind me of how good I have it. It’s easy to get down on yourself or feel frustrated when your life isn’t going the way you want. But sometimes you need a reminder to stop and appreciate what you do have, what is going right! This book was that reminder for me. The struggles Adunni faces in this book are so much greater than anything I have had to deal with and my experience reading this book was a humbling one.
The Girl With the Louding Voice was also full of inspiration for facing your fears and fighting for what you want! I know I haven’t given much detail about this book but I think it will mean something a little different to everyone who reads it. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it to everyone! And I have to mention, I mixed in the audio and it was fantastic!! It really brought the story to life!