The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré

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Book Review of The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Many months ago, a friend lent me her copy of The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré and told me I had to read it. I had so many books that I needed to read and review first that it has sat on my shelf for months. Honestly, I can’t even remember who loaned it to me (Oops!! If it’s you, please text me and I’ll get it back to you!) I don’t care how many books were in line first, I should not have waited so long to read it! My friend was spot on—this book needs to be read!


Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into to build the future she chooses for herself—and help other girls like her to do the same. Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jessa Bush Hager on the Today show) as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams…and maybe even change the world.

My Book Review:

You know those books that you think about and ponder over for days after you finish them? You know the ones…they speak to your soul and move you? They’re the books that you wish never ended, and you wish you could meet the characters. The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré is one of those books. Wow. Just wow. The feelings and emotions in this book draw you in, and the characters keep you there.

I absolutely loved the writing in this book. Ms. Daré has a talent, that’s for sure! At first, I found it a little difficult to read because Adunni’s grammar isn’t great. I’m sure it made the editor cringe to leave it like that, but the poor grammar adds so much to the story. It definitely shows Adunni’s lack of education, but it also gives you a chance to see her personality and her thought process. By the end of the book, I didn’t even notice.

I also love the craft with which Ms. Daré put into her writing. The writing is so beautiful! Her style just pulls you into this world that feels so far away. It could be on another planet it is so different from mine. Yet, it feels so close and intimate. It feels as if I’ve always lived there. Like Adunni is my friend and I’ve grown up with her. I loved the descriptions, the flow of the story, and the language of the story.

I fell in love with the characters in this book. Wow. They are real, authentic, and unique. Each character has his or her own voice and place in the story. Even the characters I despised (and there were a few of them) had a place in Adunni’s story, leading her to where she ends up. It made me realize how each person you know in life touches you and can change your story for good or for bad. Sometimes what may seem like the wrong direction turns out to be the correct direction in the end. There are some evil characters in this story and there are some angels—each one put Adunni on a path to find herself and to be able to tell her story.

I loved the title of this book. The Girl With The Louding Voice. What is a louding voice? Adunni feels so small and unimportant at the beginning of the story. She has a quiet voice that no one listens to or cares about. Adunni has thoughts, feelings, dreams, hopes, and knowledge that she wants to share—but nobody will listen. She begins the story with a quiet voice. I love her term louding voice that describes a voice and a confidence that people will listen to. Adunni wants to be heard and listened to—she wants a louding voice!

The Girl With The Louding Voice is a book I’ll be pondering about for a long time. It helped remind me of the advantages I have in life just because I was born in the United States of America in the twentieth century. I have a nice home with running water, a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, a furnace and an air conditioner. I grew up in a family that loved me and valued me. My husband loves me and treats me with kindness and as an equal. Women have had to fight for their rights over the years, and I am a beneficiary of their hard work and courage.

I loved Adunni’s story. Thank you to whoever loaned me the book! You were correct—I did need to read it! The Girl With The Louding Voice has become a favorite, for sure.

Content Rating R

Content Rating: R

  • Profanity: Moderate
  • Intimacy: High (There are a couple of almost-rape scenes; there is at least one scene with her husband that really is a rape scene, even though they’re married.)
  • Violence: High (There is domestic violence, beatings, girls sold into slavery, abuse. A character dies a terrible death.)

Age Recommendation: Adult

My Rating: 4.5/5

4.5 Star Rating


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