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ISBN13: 9781429997041
ISBN10: 1429997044
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The first ten lies they tell you in high school

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 that 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 this powerful novel, an utterly believeable 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 is a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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Melinda finds herself an outcast at her high school for calling the cops on an end of summer party, and, although she finds comfort in her art class, she still holds a terrible secret.

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A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

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Miss_Misfit, March 22, 2012 (view all comments by Miss_Misfit)
Sometimes we need to learn to listen to others. Other times, we need to learn to speak up and hope to be heard. My schools book, which I am a loyal person to, decided to read this, I had my doubts. Until I opened up the beautiful cover into the world of Melinda. This story, about how Melinda kept something dark to herself for so long, gave me chills and new reasons to speak up and out. I can relate to Melinda about trying to keep something to yourself, as I often hide my feelings and self away from the world. Speaking up is not the only messsage written on the pages of the timeless book. The message of friendship plays so many different parts to why Melinda vowed to keep silent. When your friends turn on you; you feel betrayed and hurt and might feel it's easier to try to start over. There are so many other things I can say about this story, but it's best if the book does that for me. Speak is a wonderful book for any middle school and high schooler. Just take the time to read it and try to see the story through your eyes. Maybe after you read it, you'll have the courage to listen out or just to speak.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781429997041
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Schools
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Rape -- Fiction.
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Emotional problems
Subject:
Rape
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Situations / Sexual Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Michael L. Printz Award Winners
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Physical and Emotional Abu
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Sexual Abuse
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Chinese
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Korean
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19991022
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
197

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Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Sexual Abuse
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Violence

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Product details 197 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - English 9781429997041 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Melinda finds herself an outcast at her high school for calling the cops on an end of summer party, and, although she finds comfort in her art class, she still holds a terrible secret.
"Synopsis" by , A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
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