Speak Review

Posted October 7, 2010 by Stacey in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publish Date: March 2009, Penguin (10 yr anniversary edition)

Synopsis: 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. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because 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. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

Speak came out the first time my senior year of high school. Sadly at that point in my life I wasn’t the reader I am now and missed it the first time around. I picked up Speak because of all the craziness that blew up in September surrounding the book. I didn’t want to be one of those people who were talking about a book they had never read. Granted I was 100% behind the book and against banning, but I wanted to know what I was talking about when I was saying that Speak couldn’t be further away from porn. And know I can talk about Speak with authority.

Speak is the story of a girl who couldn’t find her voice to speak out after being date raped at a party. Melinda has now shut herself off from the rest of the world, choosing to close herself off instead of talking about what happened. It’s heart breaking to see that Melinda has no one to go to for so long, but also heartwarming at how the story concludes.

Speak is a book that if you’ve gone through a crazy situation in your life and don’t feel like you have a voice, and it doesn’t have to be rape, or something that violent, it will help you find your voice. I have not been through anything close to what Melinda has, but it reminded me how important it is to express my feelings and not keep them all bottled up inside me.

This is not a book I enjoyed reading, but it’s a book I’m glad I read. It’s both heart breaking and empowering and an amazingly written story.

My Over All Rating:
4 Large

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Stacey

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One response to “Speak Review

  1. I picked up this book for the same reason. I had never really had a interest in reading it mostly because I didn't really know anything about it. But the controsvery made me want to understand what all the fuss was about. And I am so glad I did read it. It is a wonderful tool to help people understand and hopefully empathize with girls who go thru something like this. It's an important topic to cover with teens!

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