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1204tiny, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by 1204tiny)
The novel “Speak” was an inspiring and motivational book to read. It is about a freshman girl named Melinda Sordino who has no friends and everyone dislikes her for a summer incident that happened, no one understands what happened to her. She makes an acquaintance named Heather; Melinda treated her like a best friend until Heather decides that she doesn’t want to be counted as her friend. As things become worse in her life she starts to understand life. With the help of her art teacher, she learned how to put her feelings into her art work. She started to ditch school and hid in an old janitor’s closet which became her get away place to be alone and put herself together. Flashbacks of the party come to her at random times, scared to tell someone what IT did to her. Her ex-best friend is with IT, and she’s worried that he will hurt her, so she writes a letter to Rochelle to tell her what had happened at the party, but she completely ignored it. The more she remembers what happened the more her art work became powerful, creative, and filled with emotion. Keeping her emotions inside of her, builds up to finally speaking up and telling Rochelle one day in the library that she was raped at the party and that’s why she called the cops that night. Rochelle believed her at first until she told her who the rapist was. Finally Rochelle figures out that she was telling the truth. The last day of school Melinda stays after school to clean up the closet, it was hot and muggy, and the stench of Andy Evans filled the room. Knowing that she isn’t alone she fights her way out and finally breaks free from the nightmare he put her in. she understood what happened and so did everyone else at the school!
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jesenia, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by jesenia)
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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erka, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by erka)

Melinda, a teenage girl, had a lot of friends during summer but she lost them when she called the cops. She didn’t know what to do; everyone got mad at her and didn’t talk to her for a while. High school started, she wouldn’t speak up and no one would talk to her. She wanted to say something but every time she tried her throat would dry up and she would always freeze. The only person that she could really talk to was her art teacher, Mr. Freeman. He knew something was very wrong with her; every assignment that he would give her she couldn’t do it without showing her problem. The one thing that she couldn’t make come alive was a tree and it was because it was the one thing that she was afraid or traumatized by .The only friend that she didn’t really loose was Heather and she was there for her until she joined the Marathas, then she became a little mean to Melinda. Every day after school she would go to the one place that she can relax without any problems and that was her closet. Melinda has a very good personality, but she couldn’t open up to her problems .I really liked this book because it explained everything and had great details. The author’s message was to find help with anything that is bothering. Don’t let anything bother you or get you not to talk. If you have a problem tell someone as soon as possible or it can cause more problems. I would recommend this book to every teenage girl and any girl who has a problem like Melinda. Well, I think that anyone who enjoy reading this book except boys. This book is more for all girls or teenage girls with problems like Melinda. Guys wouldn’t enjoy this, unless they understood it like all girl. (327words)
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smartefreshie, November 14, 2007 (view all comments by smartefreshie)
I absolutely loved this book!
I usually don't like to read, but this book I just couldn't put down. It never told you what happened until the very end. That's what made it so interesting. I can honestly say that I would definitely read any books by this author. This book is so awesome that it made me realize not to judge a book by its cover. Everything this book said I could relate to. If you're 12 years & up this is the perfect book for you. Heather was so caught up in fitting in that she totally forgot about Melinda until she needed her to do something for her. Melinda never said NO to helping heather. They were the main characters and to me they both were good characters. Melinda never told people why she called the cops before school started that is why she wasn't like very much at school. That is all I have to say besides this is an AWESOME book.
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akp:], November 14, 2007 (view all comments by akp:])
The book Speak is a mind blowing book it’s about a young high school girl who is having a lot of troubles with her life. Melinda just started high school and things are not going to good for her. All her friends from the years past had stopped talking to her because she called the cops at a party she had gone to with a few of her friends. Nobody will let her tell them what really happened at the party; she is scared that nobody will believe what really did happen. She feels like an outcast compared to all the other students that are attending her school. She meets Heather during the second week of school and they sit with each other at lunch Melinda goes to Heathers house a few times. Then Heather all of a sudden wants be in a group of the popular girls, so she leaves Melinda. Now Melinda’s grades go down and nobody wants to be around her. She cannot believe that Heather would turn her back on her, like everybody else had done before. There were many different kinds of conflicts that had happened in this breathtaking story. I liked how the book didn’t say what happened until the end of the story it keep you waiting and not wanting to put the book down. I believe the author is trying to send out a good moral and a lesson to the reader. I think she is trying to say that if you are put into a very bad situation you should not keep it a secret you should go and tell an adult. I do recommend this book, but not for anyone who is younger than twelve.

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Anderson, Laurie Halse
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
High schools
Situations / Adolescence
General Juvenile Fiction
Children s-General
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
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"Synopsis" by , 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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