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Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition (edition 2009)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Title:Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition
Authors:Laurie Halse Anderson
Info:Speak (2009), Edition: 10 Anv, Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, Awards
Tags:young adult, fiction, sexual abuse, National Book Award Finalist, Printz Honor, F

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


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Melinda, the main character of Speak, refuses to speak after a horrific event during the summer of her 8th grade year. Over the course of the novel, Melinda battles the depression and demons that surround the incident; however, the actual event remains a mystery to the reader (the sharp reader will begin to guess as the novel unfolds). The book offers a glimpse into the mind of a troubled teen as those around her struggle to help her return to her former self. This is another book I enjoyed thoroughly. It may have greater appeal to female readers than male, but the story kept me engaged. I think it is perfect for 8th graders, though, specifically because it deals with the transition to 9th grade and the associated transitional themes.
  jstrecker | Feb 11, 2016 |
This was her first novel and for a first it was pretty great. Read a while ago. ( )
  ElizabethJoseph | Feb 10, 2016 |
This is an amazing book. An insightful look into the mind of a teenage girl and how she deals with a horrible experience. This book is on par with 13 Reasons Why. A must read for teenagers, their parents and anyone who works with them. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Melinda begins high school as a social pariah: no one will speak to her and she’s lost her friends. Only Heather, a new girl, befriends her and then abandons her to fulfill her own self-interests. It is not immediately apparent why Melinda is an outcast as we witness the suffering of her grades, social status, and emotional state. Her art class and an abandoned janitor’s closet are her oases. It turns out she was raped at a party over the summer, but when she called the police she went mute and all this time she has kept it to herself. (Everyone was mad at her, thinking she intentionally called the police to bust the party.) Eventually she learns she is not alone in being treated badly by Andy, and she has developed the strength and courage to defend herself when he attempts to attack her again in revenge for spreading “lies.”
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This book was amazing. I don't know how I went so long without reading it!

Formal review to come. ( )
  RenaeMcBrian | Jan 31, 2016 |
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The plot is gripping and the characters are powerfully drawn, but it is its raw and unvarnished look at the dynamics of the high school experience that makes this a novel that will be hard for readers to forget.
added by khuggard | editKirkus Reviews
In her YA fiction debut, Anderson perfectly captures the harsh conformity of high-school cliques and one teen's struggle to find acceptance from her peers. Melinda's sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers.
added by khuggard | editBooklist, Debbie Carton
Anderson expresses the emotions and the struggles of teenagers perfectly. Melinda's pain is palpable, and readers will totally empathize with her. This is a compelling book, with sharp, crisp writing that draws readers in, engulfing them in the story.
added by khuggard | editSchool Library Journal, Dina Sherman
But the book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.
added by khuggard | editPublishers Weekly
Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two).
added by khuggard | editAmazon.com, Jennifer Hubert

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This book describes the struggle of a teenage girl to find her voice. You watch the character fall into depression, go mute, drop tremendously in school, and isolate herself from society. As if feeling unsafe in the world isn't enough, Melinda doesn't even feel safe in her own mind. And why? Maybe because all of her once best friends refuse to talk to her for busting an end of the summer party. Or perhaps it has something to do with the fact that her parents couldn't take less of an interest in her, and refuse to communicate as they get sucked into their workaholic lives. Deep down, Melinda Sordino knows the reason that her life has turned into a living hell. The only way to escape this whirlwind of torture is to speak, but that's not as easy as it may seem.
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Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...

Laurie Halse Anderson's first novel is a stunning and sympathetic tribute to the teenage outcast. The triumphant ending, in which Melinda finds her voice, is cause for cheering (while many readers might also shed a tear or two). After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

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A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

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