Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Review: Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN-10: 0374371520
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Melinda has a terrible secret: she was raped last summer, and she hasn’t told anyone about it. Now Melinda hardly speaks a word, but as the traumatizing event in her past continues to haunt her, and the pressure from her friends at school builds up, Melinda realizes she needs to find her voice and stand up for herself.

It contains:

• Flashback rape scene (some description)
• Sexual assault
• References to sex
• Reference to abortions
• Profanity (b*tch, d*mn, h*ll, p*ss)
• Some drinking at a party

Speak is an important young adult book focusing on a serious topic. Readers should be able to relate with Melinda’s small, scared, young voice, and will cheer for her as she finds confidence in herself. There isn’t much language, and the rape scene is only vaguely described in the main character’s memory, but the subject is still weighty, so I would only recommend this book for mature teens.

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  1. Melinda aka Mel speaks not a word as the new school year begins and yet is screaming inside. Hated by all peers who heard of her calling the police at the end of the year party, the reader knows something had to have happened to her, just not what right away. Throughout the book, you get glimpses of what Mel's mindset is, how others see and treat her and how she is coping/not coping with the previous life changing event. This is a great read for all.

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