Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Read Speak Online Free - "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.



Title : Speak
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ISBN : 014131088X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 198 pages


Reviews


Madeline rated it ★★★★★

April 16, 2010

"THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. We are here to help you. 2. You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings. 3. The dress code will be enforced. 4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds. 5. Our football team will win the championship this year. 6. We expect mo...


Emma rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2017

4.5 stars! I think this is a really powerful novel that should be read by so many, especially teens. Speak is a fascinating tale of learning to use your voice when you previously believed it did not matter. The message is one I think all can benefit from and I’m so glad I finally read it. Trigger...


Cara rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2014

Once I finished reading the last word I knew I was going to reread it. Yes that profound. Honest. Authentic. Real. Use all those words and their synonyms and you have this book. I literally wanted to hop into the sea of words and tell Melinda Sordino " I'll be your friend! Don't despair !" Alas...


Lola rated it ★★★☆☆

September 17, 2015

Well, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. I mean, the summary doesn’t reveal much (kind of like Melinda herself) and so, obviously, I made my own assumptions of the plot. Turns out, there’s no killing involved. It’s not a mystery or a thriller; it’s a psychological story. If I had known...


Maddie rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2016

ALL AGES - Can read this Gem! According to me a Prologue or the 1st Chapter of a book is THE reflection → Be Tougher Than Your Life Is - 2016 Motivation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyDlB... Herewith my review! Type of Characters and my choices according to pictures! : Eminem - Not Afraid https:/...


Veronica PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT: A Court of Mist and Fury is an EROTICA/NEW ADULT but most booktubers won't tell you rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2017

The following review will touch upon serious topics and under the spoiler section I might hide TMI (too much information) tags. If you don't want to know about my own personal journey don't read because it might be umconfortable and triggering. I'll use strong language. I also want to point out th...


Emily May rated it ★★★★☆

April 14, 2011

I didn't think I'd be so gripped by this book but the author captures the pains and troubles of everyday high school life with such honesty and emotion that I couldn't help recognise half the characters from my own high school days. There's Rachel, the ex best friend who's had a personality trans...


Maureen rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2015

3.5/5 This is such an important book for the content and message it presents. The writing was fantastic and Melinda was such an interesting character to read. I didn't totally LOVE everything about it, but overall it was a fantastic book.


Laurie rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 08, 2008

Just okay. I was particularly disappointed with the ending and felt that there was an element of glorification in this novel that I didn't appreciate. Let me explain: Although I loved the fact that Melinda finally finds her voice and a way to express herself, I felt as if the story was wrapped up...


Jessica rated it ★★★★★

April 09, 2008

Reference information: Title: Speak Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Publisher: Penguin Group Year: 1999 # of pages: 198 Genre: intense read Reading level: 9th grade Interest level: late high school Potential hot lava: Thoughts of suicide and rape. General response/reaction: This book was so moving. Yes,...





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