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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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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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This book was alright, but I couldn't really get into it. I don't know if it was because I had to read it for school and that usually kills the joy of reading almost any book, or if it's just because I prefer fantasy. I'll reread it if I ever get the chance. ( )
  DoomLuz | Jul 20, 2021 |
Melinda enters high school without any friends because she called the cops at an unsupervised party at the end of the summer holidays. Melinda is barely speaking, her grades are horrific, and the only release she has is an encouraging art teacher. Eventually, she befriends a new kid in town, but even that goes south because Melinda is depressed. The entire tone of the book is depressing, but eventually we find out why she called the cops and, of course, her justification for doing so is valid, compelling, and necessary. Good ending, including Anderson's afterword. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Teen fiction; Rape/trauma/9th grade. Numerous awards including Printz Honor 2000, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, SLJ Best Book of the Year, National Book Award. While the topic is serious, Mel's joking tone (and her ability to forget, for the most part) keeps this light and readable. See also: Laurie Halse Anderson's interview on NPR and the consequences of not talking to your kids about date rape situations (for boys, what constitutes rape, and for girls, what to do in such situations so that you're not caught off guard and to know in advance how far you're comfortable going). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This novel is a wonderful window into the life of a teenage girl while also dealing with extreme issues. A wonderful read for young adults. ( )
  mrortiz | Jun 7, 2021 |
This was a tough read and I never would have heard of it had it not been an assignment for my kid. There's nothing particularly graphic in the book but being a witness to Mel's feelings of despair and solitude were painful. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Laurie Halse Andersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Abos, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Correa, María MercedesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Forsström, Ann MargretTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heesen, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kantele, Arja(KÄÄnt.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kollmann, BirgittÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morgenstern, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Sandy Bernstein, who helped me find my voice, and to my husband Greg, who listens
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It is my first morning of high school.
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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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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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