Friday, July 4, 2014

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Review

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

My Thoughts:
4/5 Stars
What do you do when something terrible happens, but the words won't leave your mouth to tell the truth?
This book is about just that...
Melinda was raped and no one knows what truly happened. All they know is she called the cops on the night of the party.
When she attends school it's as if she has the plague. Her old friends hate her and people who don't know her glare. She walks through the halls and cringes at the verbal abuse she receives. If only they knew the truth...
The story is a classic about just how cruel High School can be. Melinda has to let her guard down in order to Speak again.
Slowly she learns to let go by expressing herself through art. When the burden is off her shoulders, things go back to the way they were before... and justice is served.
I was captivated by Melinda's story. The things in the book are true actions that one may face in school. Everyone is so quick to judge, even if it's just hear say. To see what Melinda went through showed me how emotionally damaging bullying is. Many times she would hide or cry or even think about ending it all. No one should think such things... I wanted to scream at the people who treated her terribly. My heart ached for her.
This is a book that every person should read. It is a beautiful lesson about how tough life can be and how important it is to always speak the truth.



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