I know it’s 4th of July and I should be posting a red, white and blue stack or something, but to be honest with y’all, there’s not a lot I feel like we have to celebrate today. I think the review of this book is the best I could do today as it talks about heavy topics that are the opposite of what we’re celebrating today, but probably more in line with what’s actually going on in our country.
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: The Girl With The Louding Voice
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Abi Dare
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Fiction, Contemporary
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 49/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): 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.
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50214741-the-girl-with-the-louding-voice
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: This book was beautiful. There is literally no other word to describe it but that. Every piece of it was beautiful, from the narration to the character arcs to the setting. It ripped me open in all the best ways.
One of the most pertinent things I noticed was the narration. It was SO subtle, but as the book went on and Adunni became more educated, her English got better through her narration. What BEAUTIFUL attention to detail is that?
I also found it so incredibly interesting how Adunni knew next to nothing about the world outside of Nigeria. I originally thought this book took place a VERY long time ago and was shocked when something was mentioned about it being fairly modern-day and mentioning Obama. Adunni didn’t even get the reference to “white” people vs “black” people. It went to show how truly out of touch a lack of technology and education can make you. This played such an important part in the story as Adunni began to learn about slavery from Big Daddy’s books.
This book has some pretty graphic rape and attempted rape (of a minor) scenes, so if that’s not something you can handle, I suggest staying away from this one. I felt like those were incredibly important to the story as they really bore on Adunni as a person and made her grow into the person she was.
Of course, Adunni’s character arc was beautiful, but I was most fascinated by Big Madame’s. I almost wonder if she was bipolar or something of the sort by the way she would flip so quickly, even at the very end. We saw such small, almost imperceptible changes in her character that mattered so much, and even though I didn’t like her (AT ALL), her arc was incredible.
There was so much I could unpack from this book, but I honestly don’t even know where to start. Read this one. Everyone should read this one.