Outspoken by Lora Richardson Book Review/Discussion

Author: Lora Richardson

Published: August 18, 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Page Number: 252

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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

My Synopsis:

I started doing this in my last review of The Wrath and the Dawn, where i do my own synopsis, because sometimes, you don’t want to read the entire goodreads or amazon one. This is basically where i break it down for you! 😉

So this girl Penny is always saying yes to things when she really means no, and after an incident like this with her boyfriend, Penny drives across the country to “check on her grandpa” when really she’s also trying to become more “outspoken” (Ha ha, get it?!) She meets a boy there named Archer also…wink wink

My Thoughts:

Aww, this was such a cute contemporary. And i related so much to Penny because of the whole yes and no thing.

For instance, someone asked to borrow my swim cap the other day, only it was our last meet, and i was never going to see this girl again, therefore never get my cap back, but i said yes anyway! No! I didn’t mean that! Argh!

Anyway, the romance between Penny and Archer was so sweet and i love how they got to know each other so well. I also loved how Penny didn’t want to hear the rumors about Archer and didn’t want to judge him based on them. That really showed Penny’s character.

This is supposedly a coming out of age YA book, but if felt more NA to me, simply because though Penny is still a teenager, she’s doing all of the adult things!

I mean, i’ll be Penny’s age in two years, and i can’t even imagine moving to a new state and living in an apartment by myself! You don’t really see such independent teens in YA books that much (unless it’s just me) 😉

When Penny returned home, there was a real contrast between the way she acted at home and South Carolina, (it is South Carolina, right?). Even her sister comments that she’s different. Hmm, it would be cool to have a kind of prequel novella about Penny and Will (if only to compare the Penny then and now).

*i checked, it is South Carolina

Small Spoilery Discussion:

Omg, i gasped when Archer brought up that his dad might have raped Irene!

Also, i related to Penny so much with the whole kissing thing. Speaking of that, i liked how nice and slow the relationship between Archer and Penny went, it wasn’t like love at first site, and how she was scared to touch Archer in the hotel!

Oh my god, Archer’s version of that first day at the grocery store was so different from what Penny thought!

Aw, when Archer jumped in when that dude at the grocery store was being rude to Penny!

Cal was hilarious after the parking lot kiss…;)


A cutsie contemporary that will have you relating to the main character so easily and having you say awwwww.

I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a quick adorable contemporary with some sass, around the ages of 14 to 22…(i’m not trying to say that a 13 year old or a 23 year old wouldn’t enjoy it though!)

My Rating:

I liked it! 4 out of 5 stars! Btw, i made a little ratings sign on the side, so you can see what i mean by each star i give a book!

Yup, that’s it! Did you read this book? Do you want to?

Let’s discuss in the comments! Share your thoughts!

Thanks for reading my review!

-Calliope (5)

P.S. I received a digital copy of this book to review. That being said, all opinions are my own, and this is an honest review

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