SAP<3, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by SAP<3)
I enjoyed Speak very much. It is a phenomenal book, I love it. I like how the author waited till the end to tell what happened, but it made me very anxious to find out. Books like this want you to just keep reading till you get to the end. I couldn’t stop reading it. I like how the book was teen related, it helped me understand it a lot better. Melinda had a bad experience which didn’t help her fitting in at school. Nobody knew the truth about Mel, but yet everyone was mean to her when she had no other choice but to call the cops.
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jacqulynnf, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by jacqulynnf)
Melinda is a very lonely freshman in high school. She wants to have friends, but everyone hates her for calling the cops on a huge party, even the three girls she was best friends with since preschool. Unfortunately, she didn’t call the cops to ruin the party, she did it for a completely different reason that she feels no one will believe. She would tell her parents, but they are not as close as she would like them to be. It seems the only person she can really talk to is inside her mind. No one else will listen because no one else is around to. When I was reading this book, I seriously couldn’t put it down. It was almost like an addiction. I put the bookmark in, set it down, then snatch it right back up and kept reading. I loved how the author waited so long to tell what happened at that party. I think that’s what kept me reading. I just had to find out what happened. When I got to the end, I kept reading, over and over, the part where “IT” showed up in her super secret closet at the school. I got so excited, I told everyone I saw the next day about the book. I think the author was trying to say that no matter what the secret is, you could tell anybody, and they can relate or understand. Melinda didn’t want to tell anyone because she thought they would think she was lying, when really, they would comfort her. This book is great for thirteen years and up. If you like slow moving stories with a big secret at the end, this is definitely the book for you. If you get angry really easy at characters you can’t see, this is most definitely NOT the book for you. Either way, this book’s amazing and I highly recommend it.
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jcraig90, June 7, 2007 (view all comments by jcraig90)
Well...this book was worse than i thought it would be. It was about a young girl's life during high school(mainly th beginning). She starts out with no friends, and doesn't gain many throughout the book. If you want to see what happens you have to read it yourself( or just visit some kind of "notes" site, but sparknotes doesn't have it) Happy reading!
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Set in Syracuse, New York at Merryweather High School, Speak is an amazing book that tells the tale of Melinda Sordino. After facing trouble at a party the last week of summer, Melinda returns to school friendless, and emotionally scarred. Although she hardly talks about what happened to her, she is able to express and get rid of some of her angst and depression through her artwork. By writing about a very real and very scary topic for most people, the author teaches awareness of the consequences of alcohol, partying and not thinking clearly. She also encourages girls to speak out if they’ve been hurt in ways similar to Melinda’s. Although the book is upsetting, it is also inspiring and understanding as Melinda tries to move on from that chapter of her life. On the last page of the story, many of the themes are tied together in Melinda’s epiphany. “It wasn’t my fault. He hurt me. It wasn’t my fault. And I’m not going to let it kill me. I can grow.”(p.198) By stating this, Melinda realizes she can’t keep her emotions bottled up; she has to stand up and speak out for herself. Melinda is also taught a lesson in diversity and perfection by her art instructor. “Breathe life into it…scar it, give it a twisted branch- perfect trees don’t exist. Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting. Be the tree.”(p.153) Throughout the story, I loved the voice of Melinda’s thoughts and how real the social interactions of the characters were. Although the adult roles in the story seemed distant and bland, Laurie Halse Anderson has created an excellent book, that all young adults should read. By incorporating very real topics in her book, she accomplished her goals and left me wanting more to read.
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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. But 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.
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