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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
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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


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a novel about the aftermath of a young girl's rape. I think it would resonate deeply with teen aged girls. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Dec 27, 2016 |
While i was reading speak Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson i thought it was a really great book
The character melinda was very relatable.In the book something happens to her and she doesnt
Speak to anyone at all.This book falls into the fiction genre you would fall in love and break up with this book but want more at the same time
In the book i noticed that when going back to school melinda seems very shy and hesitant
A lot of the students at her school seem not to like her very much.The most interesting part was…...well i have so many do you really think i could just pick one lol.But one that stands out the most is when she writes down what happened to her at the party she attended.You can tell something happened because of the constant flash backs she has
I learned that when you see something wrong with someone and they seem to act
Different from how they use to act don’t be a bully. Just ask them what’s wrong are they ok do they need someone to talk to.
A strength is It brought these issues to life but as a reader i didn’t like the fact that even though that happened to her she could go on about life. Her cry for help seemed to be obvious but the fact that the kids didn’t care i could see myself acting the same way she did keeping quiet until someone cared enough to wanna know.
I could connect to melinda because sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone and I wanna see who’s gonna actually care when i just stay by myself and change everything.

I think that speak is one of the greatest book that I ever read i could relate to it and I believe others would relate to. I give this book 5 stars and i recommend you read it to.
  yajanique | Dec 22, 2016 |
This book was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it. I like that this book could be easily connected to people. This is a book that really talks about the true meaning of depression and overcoming that through artwork and expression.
  ksteim23 | Dec 9, 2016 |
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  christopher.kyle1706 | Dec 8, 2016 |
I would never have picked up Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, if it wasn’t for #YASaves. I saw a post on how this book affected some one’s life and my curiosity got the best of me; so while I waited for my train one night, I wandered into a book store, picked it up, flipped through and then decided to take it home with me.

I’m very happy I did.

Speak is a voice for the voiceless. As Melinda tells her story I had to stop and listen. The emotions that seeped though the pages hit me like a wreaking ball. Her withdrawal, her fear, her inability to say anything, to speak up for herself; Laurie did a great job at capturing these emotions in black and white.

I felt the frustration she felt at not being able to tell her use-to-be-best friend what happened. The numbness when she didn’t know how to explain what happened to her to her parents - would they even listen? Melinda whispered in my ears during the day, telling me her story. She spoke to me at night. She haunted my every move until the very end. As tears streamed down my face and the final page was turned, I found myself wanting more of her story.

I’m very happy that I picked up Speak - whether you need a voice, or you need to learn to listen - it’s a book for everyone. ( )
  iShanella | Dec 2, 2016 |
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This book is about a girl named melinda Sorodino who begins her freshmen year at Marryweather high school. The summer following up to her freshmen year seemed to have been great until an incident happened. Because of this Melindas life flips completelty. Melinda is not the type of girl to look for friends or try to socialize, in fact she spends most oh her time in a janitors closet.Many of the people at the school doslike her because of her actions.
added by erick_2413 | editLos Angeles Times, alvarez erick (Dec 9, 2016)
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

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To Sandy Bernstein, who helped me find my voice, and to my husband Greg, who listens
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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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