The Girl with the Louding Voice by Ami Daré

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 2/1/21-2/5/21

How I Found It: Book of the Month

Trigger Warning: This book has depictions of rape and violence. Please read at your own discretion.

Set in Nigeria, this book follows Adunni after her father betrothes her to Morufu at the age of 14. Adunni only wants to go to school so she could hopefully teach others. But when Adunni is with Morufu’s second wife when she dies, Adunni must run away in order not to be killed. At that time, she is sold to Big Madam, who beats her and is overall just mean to her. On top of that, Big Daddy is determined to rape Adunni purely because he can. When Adunni learns that there is a scholarship for young domestic workers, she begins to learn English and work toward her acceptance.

I grew up in middle class in the US. While I never wore Gucci or had new shoes every week, I have taken for granted some pretty heavy advantages in life like electricity and running water. One of the reasons why I love reading so much is because I get the chance to see what others experience in their daily lives. And while I wouldn’t say that I would love to be in Adunni’s shoes, I am amazed at how similar we are. Truly, if Adunni was me, she would happily run this blog, and probably would do so better.

If you are uncultured swine like me, I would recommend that you read this as an audiobook. This took me a little bit to get into, but once I was in, I was hooked. I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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