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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse…

Speak: The Graphic Novel (original 2018; edition 2018)

by Laurie Halse Anderson (Author), Emily Carroll (Illustrator)

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"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.… (more)
Title:Speak: The Graphic Novel
Authors:Laurie Halse Anderson (Author)
Other authors:Emily Carroll (Illustrator)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2018), Edition: 2, 384 pages
Collections:630: Resources for YA Megan Walker
Tags:Young Adult Fiction, rape, bullying, depression, graphic novel

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson (2018)


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The theme of the book is realizing your ow worth/standing up for oneself.

Plot Summary:
Over the summer, Melinda was at a party and something horrific happened to her. As a result she calls the cops and the party got busted. A lot of kids at school hate and pick on Melinda because of that call and the cops. No one knows her secret as to why she really called the cops. She was raped by an older student. She has no one to talk to about it and is an outcast. Throughout the story she works on an assigned art project that helps her face her demon in the past and stands up for herself.

Personal Response:
This book is very engaging. I read the original version, and it is very similar to the graphic novel version. The graphic novel version was great to help visualize the story, including the emotions that are not shown in the text and the horrific events. The book is an fast read. Young readers may not relate to the same events as Melinda, but can relate to bullying or being an outcast!

Curricular Connection:
Students can do an art project - draw a thing that represents an a sad or scary event that has occured to them. Students could make a resource/brochure for students on who they can talk to if something like that happens to them. Students could write a letter to Melinda in the point of view of one of the characters. Students could draw a picture of Melinda in the beginning of the book and one at the end. Then write a paper on how Melinda has changed over the story with evidence from the text. ( )
  megan00233 | Nov 8, 2019 |
I read the novel Speak years ago, so I feel I could read the graphic novel without comparing it to the novel. It's quite good.

Melinda begins the school year as an outcast. No one will acknowledge her, including her former best friend from merely weeks ago. Only a new student wants to spend time with her. Heather, the new girl, is really more interested in getting accepted into the "in" crowd, so this relationship is tenuous for Melinda at best. Loneliness, guilt, and shame are her companions. Even the teachers lack any caring attitudes. Only the art teacher tries to connect, but he has his own problems.

Melinda stops communicating. She rarely talks. Her parents don't like each other anymore and should divorce, so Melinda doesn't feel she can confide in them. They just berate her for her poor grades (what has happened?) and spend more time concerned with their own lives and disliking each other. They don't have time for Melinda and seem annoyed that she is adding to their stresses. Why talk to them? The teachers are ready to yell at people and seem to have their own battles. They don't have time to notice--much less help--anyone. The art teacher makes an assignment. He gives each student an object and the students must interact creatively with that object all year. Melinda gets a tree. He wants to care and does, but he also has problems battling administration.

The tree becomes the metaphor for Melinda's life. I do think the novel does a better job exploring this relationship, but you will notice trees drawn on many of the graphic novel pages. The teacher keeps encouraging Melinda to BE the tree. It's really the art that keeps Melinda from completely giving up. The novel progresses through Melinda's life as she becomes more and more alienated until she evolves, like a tree. Ultimately, Melinda has to speak about what happened. She has to tell the truth and deal with what happened. Staying silent only helps the guilty.

I honestly believe every teenager should read Speak and in high school read Luckiest Girl in the World. Both novels reveal misconceptions about popularity and boy/girl roles in high school. These are truths that shouldn't be swept under the rug because they make someone feel uncomfortable. These could literally save a young girl from violence. ( )
  acargile | Jul 22, 2019 |
Melinda, a freshman at Merryweather High, is disliked by the majority of her classmates because she called the police and caused a party to be broken up last August. Little do her peers know the actual truth--a truth Melinda can't even admit to herself. As the book moves on, Melinda struggles to find her voice at school, at home, and in life. Working through an art project for which she is required to focus on trees, she begins to make some realizations about her life. Just as she begins to figure things out, IT re-enters her life, going as far as to date Melinda's old best friend. IT is Andy Evans, the young man who raped Melinda at the aforementioned party last August. Eventually, Melinda tells her old friend what IT did to her, but the best friend doesn't believe her. As the book comes to a close, IT attacks Melinda again, but she survives, coming to the conclusion that, like those trees she's been focused on in her art class, she can still grow despite the dead parts being cut away.

In the Author's Note to the book, Laurie Halse Anderson states that she has "long pondered how to transform the story . . . into the graphic novel form." Working with award-winning artist Emily Carroll, who provides illustrations that are nearly as haunting as the book itself, Laurie Halse Anderson achieves what she sets out to accomplish. The book is beautifully done.
  RickLizotte | Jun 30, 2019 |
After last summer's disastrous party, Melinda starts off high school with no friends and a deep depression. But what exactly happened at that party is something Melinda won't talk about to anyone -- even herself.

This graphic novel is based on the YA book of the same name that was published 20 years ago. There are a few updates in the text to acknowledge changes in technology or pop culture, but this is more or less the same tale. As with the original novel, Melinda's account of her sexual assault and its aftermath are moving and, unfortunately, a story that many teens *need* to hear. Melinda's voice is also fantastic -- she is snarky and sharp when observing social customs that she finds ridiculous, but she can also be inspired by others and feel a range of emotions.

At first, the graphic format didn't do a lot for me, especially in the early pages when Melinda's story seems to be one of simply fitting in at school. But as we delve further into her story, the artwork really takes off. There is of course the work from Melinda's art class, but Carroll's illustrations also get at Melinda's myriad of feelings that run the gamut of anger, shame, guilt, loneliness, etc.

All in all, this is a title I would highly recommend for teens -- and adults, too. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Apr 2, 2019 |
Speak is a dark and creepy book about a girl named Melinda who just moved there and she is an outcast and everyone bully's her and she meets Heather. Heather just moved there too and she is energetic and she is trying to make Melinda become more happy about herself but Melinda is still not speaking very much and happy with herself. ( )
  EvieG.G3 | Mar 26, 2019 |
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