Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
August 16th, 2015
Penny Beck is a girl who says yes when she means no. She keeps to herself, follows the rules, and does what she’s told. After a disastrous experience with her boyfriend, she’s determined to change from the spineless person she’s always been into the strong woman she wants to become. All she needs is a little practice.
On a cross-country trip to check on her grandpa, she strives to become bolder and more outspoken with the strangers she meets. Penny’s plan is to practice saying and doing what she wants without worrying about what anyone else thinks.
Then she meets Archer, an introspective loner to whom she finds herself drawn. She realizes she does care what he thinks, very much. Will Penny be able to stick to her plan, or will she revert back to her people-pleasing ways?
Outspoken is a fun and quick read that easily captures and keeps your attention. Following along with Penny on her journey of self-discovery reminded me so much of when I was growing up and learning to be comfortable in my own skin. I felt so incredibly nostalgic while reading. The main and supporting characters are amazing and each one is easy to relate to in some way or another. Each character also brings a different personality and background to the story and easily gives the book more depth. Penny, the main character, has a big heart and is learning how to stand up for herself and learn to say what she truly feels. Following along with the characters and watching them grow was interesting!
I want to recommend this book to every girl in high school or getting ready to graduate. In all honestly, I want to recommend Outspoken to everyone!