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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Melinda is starting high school without any of her friends from middle school. They have all shunned her. She doesn’t talk very much – really only when necessary – but manages to make a friend in the ... Read full review
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Why did I read Speak? I didn't know a whole lot about Speak but had seen it pop up a couple of times in the bloggersphere. There seemed to be a lot of varying opinions pertaining to this book and then ... Read full review
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