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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Great for Young GirlsUser Review - themarydietz - Overstock.com
I read this for the first time in junior high and really liked the voice of the story. I recently purchased it via Overstock when it came up as a recommended read for another book I was ordering ... Read full review
Review: SpeakUser Review - Janet - Goodreads
Melinda enters Merriweather High as a freshman with a reputation, the reputation that no one wants, social pariah. Her parents do not understand why their previously popular and happy good student has ... Read full review
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