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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). After reading Speak, it will be hard for any teen to look at the class scapegoat again without a measure of compassion and understanding for that person--who may be screaming beneath the silence. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Somewere out there there are girls like Melinda and they need every one to know that this kind of thing can happen.
Melinda Sordino and her friends are invited to a high school party the summer before her freshman year . . . Imagine their excitement to be invited to a senior party!
Anderson's unique writing style of having Melinda's story written in a "journal" format held my interest from the very beginning and I could hardly put it down!
I'm not sure what it was that encouraged me to read this book but I'm glad I did. "Speak" should be required reading in all high schools. Read morePublished 3 days ago by C Mauro
What word can be used to describe this book other than "wow". No, no. This is not a wow where the reader is left staring at the front cover in awe. This is wow. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Abby Merrill
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
When I first read the preview and started reading the book Speak, I immediately became engaged. Read more
Melinda is a little too quiet; it is rare when she talks. She is so afraid to tell people she has been sexually assaulted so her lips are closed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Denise Frahm
I love how this book manages to capture real feelings and internal dialogue, and how it really reeled my in emotionally. I highly recommend this story.Published 14 days ago by Mya
Reading this book as a parent of a teenage girl really have me a different perspective. I kept thinking all the time how did Melinda's parents miss so many clues and where were the... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sheila Siler
This book has its moments and personal connections with the character and what she had to endure. The pain and suffering she faced is closely resembled to what i had to do. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Erik Herrera
The book Speak was probably one of my favorite books. I read it in class and I really connected with the characters. The book was well written and had an interesting story-line. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Scott Harris
Speak was a truly inspiring book for young adults, it shows you the story of a girl who was assaulted but still continued to be bullied because she was too afraid to speak up for... Read morePublished 17 days ago by chrystal fiddler