Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), May 10, 2011 - Young Adult Fiction - 208 pages
The 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AbbieLauren2018 - LibraryThing
I deeply, deeply, deeply despised this book. I found it to be boring and very hard to finish. I tried re-reading it.. three times. I could never get into this book and just wished I hadn’t picked it up. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - anacskie - LibraryThing
It was kind of slow and dragging for the first few chapters, for me. But it becomes more interesting towards the end. It grips my heart reading how Melinda struggles with what she had been through. So ... Read full review
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