The cover of SHOUT by Anderson is alluring enough, before passing cover art ("The true story of a survivor who refused to be silenced"), but then upon immersing within I encountered an intense voyage through Laurie's unentangling over decades. Turning pages, I joined the place that socializes personal trauma and again realize my horrors are also commonly experienced by survivors in many different versions of sexual violence or other forms of bullying oppression, whether physical or mentally instilled. Frankly, I'm not done with this memoir, though I'm well past my "Young Adult" years. The part of me that touches this verse-based memoir needs to review the clearly depicted and richly informed reflections on this issue among many of our social communities. We are not ALONE. Yes, Laurie Halse Anderson, it is time to SHOUT with rage at the repetition in this Earthly world which creates so many victims, those who need to know the same: We are not Alone and need not Shame Ourselves in our Healing Journey. This penning has created for me a friend to share Laurie's learnings along her own healing journey, one to hold in our other hand as we RISE from that abyss.