Review: Speak

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Paperback, 198 pages
Published April 23rd 2001 by Puffin (first published 1999)
“Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.” – Goodreads
This is a very dramatic book. you can be crying or feeling depressed along with the character. Melinda is just your average girl going into high school, except that she gets raped at a party by none other than her best friend’s soon to be boyfriend. Her friend then ditches her for him. She gets really depressed and she starts to get over what happens to her through art. But then of coarse her old friends play a trick on her and trap her with her abuser once again.

This book was easy to relate to because we have all gone to parties and we all see what happens on TV with all the shows about murder and rape.
It was also easy to relate to because of how Melinda is portrayed, like your everyday girl. She can be your next-door neighbor, your best-friend, or someone you know from school.

I really enjoyed this.
Overall:  5 out of 5
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3 responses »

  1. Pingback: WHAT? Since when is SPEAK pornographic? (Banned Books Week) « Novel Society

  2. I loved this book. At first I wanted to stop reading it because it was not an easy read. I usually prefer lighter reading for enjoyment. But I kept reading, it was hard to put down, and just loved the story. Anderson is a great writer.

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