brittani, July 30, 2007 (view all comments by brittani)
One of my top favorites. This book is very well written, and I love how you are kept in suspence when wanting to find out what happened to Melinda. I highly recommend it.
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S.Elliott, May 5, 2007 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
This is required reading for every 9th grader at the school I teach at. It's engaging and well-written, with focus and attention dedicated to issues that accurately affect today's teens.
While billed as young-adult fiction, I think that every adult can enjoy and appreciate the narrator's voice.
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juju34, September 5, 2006 (view all comments by juju34)
I read "Speak" when I was in 7th grade and fell in love with the book. My teacher requested it and that's why I read it, because she has good taste in books. Well, every time I read it I would always want to know what it say's on the other pages because I just couldn't wait to turn the page .. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I remember one night I read 121 pages!! My teacher was very empressed. Honostly, I don't like to read but, this book made me change. The story behind this book is just fantastic!!! I could truly say that this book was the best book that I had ever read. It has a great moral behind it ... I'd recomend this book to anyone!!!
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In this powerful novel, a teenage heroine delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of 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, Melinds 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 is 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.
Freshman year at Merryweather High is not going well for Melinda Sordino. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, and now her friends—and even strangers—all hate her. So she stops trying, stops talking. She retreats into her head, and all the lies and hypocrisies of high school become magnified, leaving her with no desire to talk to anyone anyway. But its not so comfortable in her head, either—theres something banging around in there that she doesnt want to think about. She cant just go on like this forever. Eventually, shes going to have to confront the thing shes avoiding, the thing that happened at the party, the thing that nobody but her knows. Shes going to have to speak the truth.
After Melinda goes through a traumatic and violent incident at a summer party, she calls the cops and becomes a social outcast. Her freshman year is a disaster. As time passes, she stops talking--except through her paintings in art class. Her healing process has just begun when her perpetrator attacks again. Only this time, she doesn't keep silent.
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