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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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 World Reading Circle: (M94'12) Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson4 unread / 4cedargrove, January 2013

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Never having to had experience what this character went through, I think that it showed good insight as to what a teenage girl feels while keeping her emotions so bottled up. I know this isn't a movie site, but I enjoyed the TV drama that was made from this book, they did a really good job in portraying the character. ( )
  Luzader | Oct 25, 2023 |
  C_Dean | Sep 11, 2023 |
Muy buena novela, vi la película hace muchos años, y me había encantado la historia, y recientemente descubrí que era basada en esta novela de Laurie Halse Anderson por lo que tuve que leerla. ( )
  mahebelen | Aug 25, 2023 |
** Includes spoilers***

I'm in the minority here......I didn't love this book.

The topic is an important one and I'm glad Anderson wrote about it in a way that teens will relate to. She did a great job portraying the self doubt, depression and isolation many rape victims experience.......but, Melinda is extremely hard to feel sorry for......she's cynical, selfish and weak. Anderson took the silent victim shtick abit too far to be believable. The ending, and the way the events played out, was very unbelievable as well.

Overall, I think this is a book that every teen girl should read. The dangers of rape, and/or date rape, among peers is very real and something all young girls should be very aware of. I applaud Anderson for putting this book out there. ( )
  Jfranklin592262 | Aug 5, 2023 |
Speak is a story about the lies they tell you in school and the power standing up for yourself can have. This story is dark and powerful. The story follows Melinda a Freshman in high school who has no friends is outcasted by the students and bullied for a party she called the cops on. But the truth of the party goes a lot darker than most would like the story has dark tones and follows Melinda fighting back her oppressor and refusing to stay silent.
  cowscanswim | Jul 27, 2023 |
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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.
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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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