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  • Heartbreaking

    This was a very interesting and very upsetting reading, The storyline is simply terrific, But I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the author had limited the vernacular to the dialogues only. I understand that the intention was to create a feel of authenticity, but I thought that the broken English was too distracting, especially for someone who does not have English as a first language. I do think that this works a lot better as an audiobook (I did order the audiobook format from the library, as I’m really curious). Anyways, this was a hard read for me. I couldn’t stand all the physical and emotional abuse. To think that to this date some culture still carry on arranging marriage for girls of 14 years old. Some are not even to become the first wife. That’s outrageous.

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  • The Poignancy of This Novel CANNOT be OVERSTATED

    It took me nine days to finish what is a comparatively short book. Even in the middle of the COVID-19 Quarantine, with plenty of reading time. Why? Because this is a hard story to read. Very Hard! And I kept wanting to put it down and escape. THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE will take you deep inside Nigeria (the most populous country in Africa.) From life in a small rural village (where young girls are routinely married off -aka sold - in exchange for a guarantee of a more stable food supply) to life in the main city of Lagos, where even business success and affluence provides neither a guarantee of political stability nor happiness. It’s a country straddling the divide between ancient customs and culture and the technological and social advancements of the modern world. The story centers on 14 year old Adunni — whose beloved mother has recently died, forcing her to abandon the success she has had in school to take care of her father and two brothers. Living in desperately impoverished circumstances, she nonetheless dreams of returning to her education and eventually becoming a teacher. Unfortunately, opportunities are few in a rural village, especially for young girls. And so, for the good of the family, Adunni’s future takes a new direction that her father determines will be best for all. It turns out to be a harrowing journey for Adunni, still a child with little control over her circumstances. Along the way, there is hunger, human trafficking, physical abuse, and sexual harassment. That’s the part that made this novel difficult to read. There are also friendships, protectors, and advocates. The author has been extremely creative in the voice she gives Adunni, which adds to her believability and makes this read VERY distinctive. And for those who complete the book, Adunni turns out to be quite an amazing, spirited, intelligent and caring person! Bottom line: I am glad to understand more now about a country I never learned much about. I have been reminded of how vastly different life experiences are for children, depending on the geographical accident of their birth location. But I also had to confront the horrible experiences children sometimes face when resources are scarce, when they are powerless, and where a single female life is undervalued. So, be warned.

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  • Must read

    I just loved this book from start to finish. I could not put it down. I loved the way the book was written in the words at the beginning of a girl with limited reading , writing and speaking English. I just cannot say enough about this book. The boy showcased the fight a girl has in Nigeria to go against the norm of what is expected of her. I hope we see a follow up book to this one to learn more about the girl with the louding voice...

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  • A Glimpse

    A coming of age journey - a wonderful metaphor of finding a “louding voice”. A heartfelt tale offering a glimpse into a life of a Nigerian girl from the village

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  • Wow!

    One of my favorite characters in a long, long time. Do yourself a favor and read this book!!

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