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Speak Paperback – May 10, 2011
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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.
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The story is not written as your average outcast "popular people are stupid" cliche. It's an original. The tone is like Melinda is just relaying her thoughts and what she sees to the reader, rather than her feelings and rage and anger against the people that hurt her. Her character gets stronger as you read on, as she begins to stand up for herself.
I liked how the author didn't just tell you what had happened to Melinda in order for her to stay so silent - instead, bits of the incident unfolds as you read along.
I was caught up in Melinda's world, and even though I'm glad to say that I haven't been there and done that, it was easy to just recognize the pain, fear and confusion she went through just because the author doesn't say it right out.
Overall, an excellent read and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to feel the triumph of "Speak".
Her parents know something is wrong but cannot get her to open up. Her only hope is her art teacher; he realizes something is very wrong and through the assignments he gives her tries to draw her out.
This is a story of a girl who is abused, and who doesn't know how to talk about it, but in keeping it inside she is self -destructing. Can Melinda find her voice and speak of her sorrow, or will her silence destroy her?
Speak is a fast-paced read that involves the reader emotionally from the very start. Speak is an accurate portrayal of the very common existence of high school cruelty and peer pressure. Every reader should identify with most of what happens in this novel, no matter what their age.
You will get mad at the good characters as well as the bad. I found myself talking out loud to the characters, which is why I know the book involves you.
Speak passes my Young Adult novel test. The book allows you to read without wanting to put it down, and it flows straight to ending. Laurie Halse Anderson has written a book that will be around for a very long time.
From the beginning I was intrigued by the main character, Melinda. She has a voice that is forgotten in the literary world. It remineded me of "Catcher in the Rye". The settings and chracters take you back to a time when High School was all that mattered.
I recommend the novel strongly. It's a quick/easy read and by the end of the novel, your cheering for Melinda.
PS. I gave the book for my wife to read and she got the "secret" right away...is this a woman's intuition???
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Disturbing and depressing. Required summer reading for my grandson. This is the second summer that his required reading has been a book that is depressing and unmotivating to... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Ms. P-G
I finished this book in under 5 hours and absolutely loved it. Its a very difficult story but one I think everyone should see.Published 2 days ago by Liliannar
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Beautifully written story that all teenagers should read! I teach it to my 9th graders and I love hearing their insightful analysis, connections, and reflections. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Laura
A must read for anyone who has been assaulted or knows someone who has. A well-written, compassionately told story, I recommend this book from middle school on.Published 23 days ago by Wordsmith
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a Young Adult Literature classic that deals with an extremely difficult and heavy subject. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Michelle
This book was assigned to my son for an advanced English class. I had no idea what it was about & it is definitely not a book I would have chosen to read for myself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie Nicholson
A Book that Truly Speaks Aloud.
I almost forgot about this book! "Twisted" lead me to this book, and I just now realized that those two books are by the same... Read more