Book Review: The Girl With The Louding Voice


The Girl With The Louding Voice

By: Abi Dare

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. 


Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookish Tip: The Girl With The Louding Voice is not written in “proper” English. Some have found it difficult BUT give it time. You will get use to it. The improper English actually adds to the story. It makes it more authentic. Don’t give up on it. You will miss out on a beautiful story.

Special thanks to Dutton Books for the finished copy in exchange of an honest review.

When I first started to read The Girl With The Louding Voice, I was not prepared for the story before me. I did not expect this story to stir up so much emotion, to be so empowering and inspiring.

The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare is AMAZING. I am left completely speechless by this beautiful, breathtaking story!

Adunni is such a smart, strong, inspiring girl who faces so many hardships and yet still has the biggest smile on her face. She DREAMS BIG….so so very big. The circumstances surrounding her, the same ones that try to push her down do not kill her spirit. Her spirit does not let her dreams die. With the assistance of a few along her journey, Adunni realizes that she really can be a girl with a louding voice.

When I finished this book my first thoughts were…..I hope there are a ton of Adunni’s in this world. The world needs it. And I hope there are a ton of Ms. Tia’s and Kofi’s – the two characters that believed in Adunni the most – because the world needs them, too.

Recommendation: I have such a DEEP LOVE for The Girl With The Louding Voice. All the feels. All the stars. You keep writing, Abi Dare. Keep writing!

More Books Like The Girl With The Louding Voice…..

If you really enjoy The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare, try these contemporary fiction reads! I’ve read Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano and loved it. These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card and Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid are both are my TBR list. I’ve only heard great things about them as well. Plus Such A Fun Age is a Reese’s Book Club pick so you know it’s going to be good!

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