Today I have a book that I was contacted by the author about her book. She was looking to spread the word on it and asked if I would be interested in having a read. I read the summary and was interested. I do really enjoy a good contemporary book they can bring you back to earth when lost in tons of wonderful fantasy. A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. So here are my thoughts on Outspoken by Lora Richardson.
Rating: 5 Stars
Outspoken is a story of Penny, the girl who like many say yes when she really means no. She keeps to herself, follows rules, and is a good girl. After an eye opening experience she is determined to change her ways. She wants to build a back bone and be the strong woman she dreams of and the best way to do that is to practice. So moving cross-country to check on her grandpa she decides to try out her whole bolder and more outspoken attitude when she meets the strangers of the town. Practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying what anyone else thinks. That’s the plan. Practice on practice people who don’t count because who cares what they think. Until she does care. Can she stick to her guns?
I am much more outspoken now but even in middle school and high school I always spoke my mind even when I was beyond shy. I might not jump right in but I never let anyone push me around. Still I did like pleasing people, still do in some ways I do bake for my work people all the time after all, but there is a limit to it. I have known people through life that remind me of Penny, who let others take advantage of them and their disinterest in any type of conflict. Some do it by accident truly not knowing and others count on it to get what they want. I was invested in Penny from the start and had hope for her after having the courage to move cross-country. That’s a huge thing to leave your comfort zone.
I really enjoyed how Richardson handled the issues in the story. Facing sick family and what it means for their life. Making a bad decision that you regret, something you can’t take back, and living with it afterwards. Finding your own place separate from that of what you came from. Family issues in several different aspects and how it effects you in different ways. Confusion after school of knowing what you want to do with your life. All of this was handled beautifully. I just adored this story and would recommend it to everyone.
Until next time…