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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – Read As An Adult–Important And Well Written

July 16, 2011
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that its been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: My throat is always sore, my lips raw…. Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze…. Its like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis. What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors big end-of-summer party? Or maybe its because her parents only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why shes been struck mute…

Laurie Halse Andersons 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

Not To Be Missed Out On
Speak is about a girl named Melinda Sordino who was reasonably normal, until she went to a party towards the end summer, before high school started. Melinda started dancing and IT came up and whisked her away to the woods, then he raped her. She was so stunned she ran back into the party to call the police for assistance. Someone stole the phone away from Melinda before she could say what had happened.

From then on, when Melinda started high school, she was known as the freak, tattle-tail, that ended the party. Melinda became an outcast, and was ignored, and pushed around. She couldnt seem to speak up about what had really happened. In the book we hear all her inner thoughts as she struggles to find her voice.

Speak is one of the best novels I have ever read. Melinda Sordino is more relatable than any other character you could possibly find in this genre, and thats saying a lot. You will find yourself laughing at her irony, and wit, whilst whimpering when she refers to IT. It is unbelievable, exactly how believable it was.

If youre an adult and youre wondering how teenagers might think, let this be your reference. This novel was written in the nineties and it still holds true in this millennium, and Melinda is the every-girl you cant help but empathize with, throughout.

This is not a rape book. This is a book about the struggles, and emotions that any given teenager has to deal with. It is a shame for anyone who is missing out, because of a fear of a depressing book. Even though the topic is sad, Melinda doesnt hash out the pain on readers, instead she goes into survival mode. Which leaves her to speak very little, because (according to her) you can get misunderstood, and/or hurt. I guarantee you will be satisfied all the way through.

For those of you already sold on the novel, and are determined to buy…

The Platinum 10th year Anniversary Edition. What is there to say? Besides that it is spectacular! It is light and can easily go with you anywhere, the cover is glossy and sturdy. The very first page after the cover is a personal author note from Laurie Anderson, herself. It feels as though she wrote it to each reader personally. There are no copyright, blah blah, publishing group, events are fictional…etcetra etcetra default pages in this book. There is the heart felt authors note, the title, then you can enter Merrywhether High School with Melinda.

After you finish the book (while still on that high from reading an amazing story) there is a Q&A with Laurie Halse Anderson, on the book, and what it has done for her these past few years. Then another heartfelt note on the importance of not censoring books, that can help teenagers, such as this one has so many.

If you are going to buy one of the best books, this edition is the way to go!

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