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Ngly 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 f. Well I can t help but feel a little disappointed I mean the summary doesn t reveal much kind of like Melinda herself and so obviously I made my own assumptions of the plot Turns out there s no killing involved It s not a mystery or a thriller it s a psychological story If I had known before I think I might have enjoyed this a tiny bit So Melinda She s confused scared terrified and convinced that she s alone in this wide animalistic world Things are somewhat bearable but that is prior to her losing her only friend at school and seeing IT We witness her trying her best to shut down everything around her and take nest in her own mind It s not pretty to see and it does make for tragic moments but they re all part of the process she creates to survive high schoolI really think that the outline of the book is fairly original It s feels like it s written in journal entries which gives such an authentic atmosphere to the story It makes us believe in Melinda and hope that everything turns out for the best for her The writing makes the story flow in a perfect rhythm for this type of story lent that s for sure but deep and reflectiveA couple of things that could have been better the secondary characters Melinda s parents and the tragedy around IT itself Basically this is a Melinda s world we re in her head and since she s not the most popular girl in school there aren t many interactions between her and other kids This euals scarcely any secondary characters There s David the headstrong and could not be different than Melinda David But what about him We only get to know him a little through short journal entries of Melinda sMelinda s parents are puzzling At least to me For most of the book they re extremely mad and annoyed at her especially the mother She never tries to actually ask Melinda what s wrong No wonder Melinda can t muster the force to do so But then at end of the story we see the dad showing such benevolence and I m there suinting my eyes like why is this the first time we see this facet of his personality Surely because Melinda prefers limiting her interactions with her parentsAnd the last thing that let me down is the details around IT Or shall I say the lack of them We don t know his past why he does what he does or even what will happen to him Alright so the last part is easy to imagine BUT STILL The ending is very open so that s something to remember I find it sad that we don t get any kind of info on IT I wish we knew what his life at home looks like just so we can understand his motives for doing what he does betterThis book didn t take me by surprise as I have read a panoply of novels with similar if not exact same themes But I can guess that when it was first published there were reasons to fuss about it I am still recommending it seeing that it s so profound and realistic and I grew uite attached to Melinda Hopefully you will as well

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The first ten lies they tell you in high schoolSpeak 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 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 increasi. 45 stars I think this is a really powerful novel that should be read by so many especially teens Speak is a fascinating tale of learning to use your voice when you previously believed it did not matter The message is one I think all can benefit from and I m so glad I finally read itTrigger warning rapeLaurie Halse Anderson is a fabulous writer She has a very distinctive writing style It s an unfiltered stream of consciousness that feels so real I previously read Wintergirls and found them to be written very similarly Melinda s narration is authentic and raw she s not here to make you love her or hate here she s here to tell her story as is Her humor is dry and loveable which creates an interesting dynamic with the rest of her characterI will say there really isn t a plot which is usually a letdown for me The entire book is essentially Melissa navigating her freshman year with a heavy weight on her shoulders and few people in her company There is definitely a large amount of character development which was executed well and I understand that is the intention of the story so I m not going to complain that it didn t feed into my reading preferences The novel didn t need a large plot because the story is of personal growth and strength not high school drama or romanceI will say the ending felt a little abrupt I would have loved even just an epilogue to have a concrete ending and justice though many people in Melinda s situation do not get closure so maybe that was the author s intentWhat s interesting is that this book was always described to me as a revolutionary story about sexual assault but I only found out in the middle of reading that this aspect of the story is not commonly known before reading Apparently the point of the story is to find out WHY Melinda cannot speak though I went into this story already knowing the reason I definitely don t think my knowledge of the events of this story affected my reading experience at all If anything I think I got out of the story because I was able to read into details as they were being revealed instead of having to decode them later I really wish the content of this story was widespread though I do seem to be a little late in reading this one because I think it s so important people know the sensitive topics they are reading about Sexual assault is not a plot twist and I am not suggesting Speak feeds into this because I think the topic was handled with accuracy and respect in this case I m making a general statement and I would love for us to not have to silence discussion on its inclusion in the book in fear of s p o i l e r s I think people should know the content of this book before reading if only to help protect those who may be deeply affected by the events of this novel where reading unprepared could cause a lot of harmI really loved this book and would definitely recommend it 7 Cavalier Of The Abyss Vol 7 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 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 increasi. 45 stars I think this is a really powerful novel that should be read by so many especially teens Speak is a fascinating tale of learning to The Bachelors Christmas Bride use your voice when you previously believed it did not matter The message is one I think all can benefit from and I m so glad I finally read itTrigger warning rapeLaurie Halse Anderson is a fabulous writer She has a very distinctive writing style It s an Manhattan Boss Diamond Proposal unfiltered stream of consciousness that feels so real I previously read Wintergirls and found them to be written very similarly Melinda s narration is authentic and raw she s not here to make you love her or hate here she s here to tell her story as is Her humor is dry and loveable which creates an interesting dynamic with the rest of her characterI will say there really isn t a plot which is The Photographers Quick Guide To Photoshop Cs6 usually a letdown for me The entire book is essentially Melissa navigating her freshman year with a heavy weight on her shoulders and few people in her company There is definitely a large amount of character development which was executed well and I Petals Drifting us to not have to silence discussion on its inclusion in the book in fear of s p o i l e r s I think people should know the content of this book before reading if only to help protect those who may be deeply affected by the events of this novel where reading Quyn S unprepared could cause a lot of harmI really loved this book and would definitely recommend it

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Ights back refuses to be silent and thereby achieves a measure of vindication In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel an utterly believable 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 was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature. The following review will touch upon serious topics and under the spoiler section I might hide TMI too much information tags If you don t want to know about my own personal journey don t read because it might be umconfortable and triggering I ll use strong languageI also want to point out that I read this book long ago and that I won t re read for this review I just want to discuss the following uestions which I found in the review of one of my favorite Goodreads reviewers ever my dear Meredith BTW I recommend following her reviewsMeredith wrote this Should Laurie Halse Anderson s book Speak be placed in the adult section because it deals with rape No It is a teen book that touches upon a serious topic that teens are very much aware of How many people were assigned The Handmaid s Tale in high school which basically is all about women being used for their bodies to reproduce since a majority of the population can not Should that be added to the adult section only NoI agree with Meredith 100% I ll go even beyond that I think this book along with any other book that deals with rape culture should be mandatory read in every high school of this messed up planet Even if parents might feel unconfortable with their kids reading this book the sad reality is that rape is a crime that has no respect for the victims age Kids might be better prepared to deal with this crime if they get the right informationIf you have been following my reviews you ll notice that lately I ve been adding trigger warnings and explicit content warnings for YA books That s because lately you can find almost the same amount of nudity violence sexuality erotic content and edgyness in YA books as you would find in New adult readseven erotica books I ve been mentioning A court of mist and fury a lot because it s erotica book misllabed as Young adult by the greedy publishing company and their kirkus reviews minions Paper princess by erotica authors Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick along with Sarah J Maas Empire of storms have been mentioned as wellYet I won t add those kind of warnings for this reviewI wouldn t try to get 13 19 YO teens away of this bookI dissaprove of anyone who wants to keep teens away from this bookYou ll wonder WhyBecause1 Rape is a crime Some people might consider that this book contains sexual content because rape at times involves a form of fornicationcopulation But to make it clear sex is one thing a natural act that isn t a sin that isn t dirty that it s a healthy expression of afection a natural instinct Rape is everything but 2 Anyone who reads the book sypnosis can make an informed decision whether to buyreadborrow this book or not The blurb is a trigger warning in itself Unlike Mist and Fury and Paper princess the author and her publishing company didn t try to pretend that this book is something different that what it is Edgy dark and uncomfortableYes This book isn t a fluffy happy reading yet I remember enjoying Melinda Sordino s journey back when I was 16 YO The author has a way with words it was like Melinda was directly speaking to me she was so relatable This book didn t make me feel uncomfortable back when I read it it was dark and gritty but it was also a uick read and the uotes were to die for I highlighted this book so much it became almost unreadable and I m only sorry that I m completely uncapable to read this book now after TMI view spoiler I faced the very thing that this book is about Rape hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson

  1. says:

    THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL1 We are here to help you2 You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings3 The dress code will be enforced4 No smoking is allowed on school grounds5 Our football team will win the championship this year6 We expect of you here7 Guidance counselors are al

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    45 stars I think this is a really powerful novel that should be read by so many especially teens Speak is a fascinating tale

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    2017 Reread I read this for my young adult literature class along with scholastic articles about the book which ad

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    I didn't think I'd be so gripped by this book but the author captures the pains and troubles of everyday high school life with such honesty and raw emotion that I couldn't help recognising half the characters from my own high school days There's Rachel the ex best friend who's had a personality transplant over

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    Once I finished reading the last word I knew I was going to reread it Yes that profoundHonest Authentic Real Use all those words and their synonyms and you have this book I literally wanted to hop into the sea of words and tell Melinda Sordin

  6. says:

    Well I can’t help but feel a little disappointed I mean the summary doesn’t reveal much kind of like Melinda herself and so obviously I made my own assumptions of the plot Turns out there’s no killing involved It’s not a mystery or a thriller; it’s a psychological story If I had known before I think I might have enjoyed this a tiny bit So Melinda She’s confused scared—terrified—and convinced that she’s alone in

  7. says:

    The following review will touch upon serious topics and under the spoiler section I might hide TMI too much information tags If you don't want to know about my own personal journey don't read because it might be umconfortable and triggering I'll use strong languageI also want to point out that I read this book long ago and that I won't re read for this review I just want to discuss the following uestions whic

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    It is easier not to say anything Shut your trap button your lip can it All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say Speak to me is taken as a lesson than just a book A lesson worth reading and worth analyzing every little detail no matter how the writing is and no matter how repetitive it can get It's a short novel where the life of

  9. says:

    Just okay I was particularly disappointed with the ending and felt that there was an element of glorification in this novel that I didn't appreciate Let me explainAlthough I loved the fact that Melinda finally f

  10. says:

    oh goodness me i dont even want to begin this review because even though im sticking to my rating i feel super guilty for rating this so low but its been awhile since ive read this and i finally feel like i can articulate why this book just isnt for me firstly i want to say that the topic of this story is extremely important and deserves the representation it gets in this melindas high school experience is vastly differe

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