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DescriptionThe first ten lies they tell you in high school. "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, 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. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. "Speak "was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
- Published: 05 October 2011
- Format: Paperback 197 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780312674397 ISBN 10: 0312674392
- Sales rank: 2,733
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Reviews for Speak
Very powerful novel
One of the most powerful novels I have ever read.
I absolutely loved the writing style of this book and can definitely see Anderson as one of my favorite authors in the future. The writing was just so beautiful and everything was described so well and it was also really funny.
The main character of the novel made me laugh and cry and I felt so much for her. I was rooting for her and wanted everything to end up we'll for her. Her story is really tragic and Anderson's writing helps you to understand and feel what she is feeling.
Definitely one of my new favorites and I recommend this to everyone and cannot wait to read more works from this author. by Jessica Gibbins