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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
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jesenia, November 14, 2007

Melinda Sordino had many great things such as great friends, good grades, and a great relationship with her parents. But it took one party to mess it all up. She went to a party during her summer vacation with her friend Rachel, she got drunk and the most unexpected thing happened to her. She called the cops but ran home and didn't say anything to them. When she entered high school as a freshman nobody liked her for what she did. She became a loner, she never talked, she ditched classes, and she was doing badly in school. Then when a new girl, Heather, met Melinda they became friends. Their friendship didn't last long because Heather joined the Martha's. Melinda was becoming friends with another girl named Ivy. She met her in her art class. Art was the only class she was doing well in. Her teacher was Mr. Freeman and he could see through Melinda that she was hurting inside, so he assigned a project. Melinda got the tree as her project and as she drew trees in many ways Mr. Freeman saw more and more of her. Then her ex-best friend starts going out with a senior, Andy Evans. Melinda tried to make Rachel understand that he wasn't a good person, but she wouldn't listen. She said that Melinda was just jealous. Melinda couldn't do nothing about it. But as the book goes on u will see a huge change in Melinda. I think that this boook sends out a strong message to teenagers because it tells a story about a teenage girl that goes through a tragic situation that a lot of teens go through and can relate to. I really liked this book because it tells me to be careful if I'm out with a few friends, or going to parties. There are a lot of bad people out there and you never know who it might be. The author's message is to show what teenagers go through these days. To be careful who you are with. Even if you think you know them they might be faking it to get to you. I would recommend this book to anyone. Maybe it might even let boys see what girls go through and how they fell, most girls get pregnant because of it. Some even get kind of traumatized just like Melinda did. If they are the same problems as Melinda it might help them out a lot. I don't think that anyone wouldn't want to read ths book even if they don't like to read this will take them in like it did to me. (491 words)
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