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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Square Fish | May 10, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Speak is rated 4.4304 out of 5 by 79.
The first ten lies they tell you in 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, 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 increasingly 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 fights 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.21 × 5.47 × 0.61 in

Published: May 10, 2011

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312674392

ISBN - 13: 9780312674397

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is powerful. It talks about something that isn't always the easiest topic to discuss. Whenever a friend asks for a book recommendation I always recommend this first. It speaks to the reader on a different level then other books. I feel as though this is a book everyone should read before high school, girls and boys. I read it (first time) in grade nine and I think it helped me to make better decisions in my teen years.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So boring I was assigned to read this book last year for an ISU and it was so terrible I didn't even finish it. Maybe the book picks up near the very end but I read a good 2/3 of Speak and nothing interesting was happening. I don't know just a personal opinion.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book Speak was a good book, but it was slow at times, and i found myself getting bored sometimes. But mostly it was good, and i was into it. Well written book.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good I liked this book. I felt frustrated at times, but in the end.... read this!
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest I was assigned this book to read last year in grade 9 and it is one of my favorite school issued books that I have read to date. This book is very haunting and shows that even though someone might not speak it doesn't mean that their mind is blank.
Date published: 2013-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good novel Melinda is starting freshman year at Merry weather High School with no friends, a reputation, and a terrible secret. Melinda called the cops at a summer party, and experiences a traumatic experience. Melinda is speaking less and her friends are abandoning her. Her silence and physical pain she endured at the party causes her to slowly fall apart. Emotional trauma, depression, and isolation consume Melinda. Speak is a novel of Melinda’s journey of pain, suffering, and recovery. Melinda is a realistic and believable character, as it written by the author’s unfortunate experiences. The rich language and self-deprecating humour makes it a solid novel. The writer is able to write in an accessible language which makes it easy to associate with its teenage viewers. Melinda’s monologue is able to create a relatable character that can voice to those who have endured sexual abuse. Speak will educate its audience about the suffering of sexual abuse. Speak communicates to the readers that sexual assault can happen and somewhere you don’t anticipate it to happen and how it can affect a person. Melinda did not know it would occur when she went to the party. She was confused, lost and afraid. Melinda isolated herself and stayed silence, resulting in emotional turmoil. Laurie Halse Anderson is able to deliver her message effectively by writing engaging and truthful monologue. No one seems to care and listen to Melinda and the readers are able to sympathize for Melinda. The novel is well written because it’s very similar to how people actually view high school: Her attitude towards school, classes and teachers. Some may criticize this story for being too gloomy or saying that Melinda too depressing. The story of what occurred at the party also unfolds slowly throughout the book instead of saying it outright, which I disliked. The book was slow. The character is a silent withdrawn and plot stays the same, until the ending. Also, the conclusion felt unrealistic. Even though she finally started speaking up, usually there’s no one jumping in to save you. Your problems don’t eventually get solved on its own, unless you do something about. I think it puts across the wrong message to those who might find themselves in a similar situation. Although despite what I disliked about Speak, it is a terrific novel and a must read.
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Speak Ever wondered what a teen’s like is like? Ever wanted to know how dramatic their lives really are? Well in this novel it will tell you a lot about what happens in a teen’s life and how hard it can get. Situations in a teen’s life switch from good to bad in a blind of an eye. Teenagers often find themselves in really dramatic situations. Melinda the main character in the book experiences and she can’t seem to get herself out of them. She decided one night in the summer, that she was going to go to a party and have some fun, but she ended up in a bad situation. She got raped by a guy at the party. Melinda learned quickly that she needs to rethink her actions: be careful of whom you decide hang around; be who you are and not to be fake just to fit in. Melinda tired fitting and it got her nowhere, besides a place where no one wants to be. After she was raped she had no friends. But once she told the truth about what happened to her at the party. No one believed her until they caught him trying to rape her again. Then everything completely turned around for Melinda. The Arthur was trying to say by making this novel was that not everyone appears to be who they are. You have to be aware of that. Melinda was just trying to have a good night and wasn’t thinking that a guy would take advantage of her. I feel this book would be good to have in a high school, so then teens will be aware of what can happen if you’re not careful. So many teens go to these parties and drink and don’t realize that disturbing events can happen.
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Empowering Novel Have you ever taken a look into the life of a teenager who struggles in a social atmosphere? The novel “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson is an empowering story about a girl who is a social outcast. This text tells what happens to a girl when she goes to a party. What happens after is just as shocking. For most teenagers, maintaining a social life and keeping your grades up is a struggle. But when you take away friends and your social standing, what happens? Melinda found this out the hard way. She went from a typical teenager, friends, social life, and to top it off, she was popular. It took one night at a party to fall from top of the social ladder to the bottom. Melinda became a social outcast thanks to one party, one phone call, and one boy. This text is written in the perspective of Melinda. She seems to be a typical teenager, until you take a deeper look into her life. There was a point in time for which Melinda had it all: the trust of her parents, friends, grades, and a social status. It took one mistake at a party and she lost it all. It was at the party that Melinda found herself drunk and raped. After having called the police and therefor crashing the party, Melinda lost everything. In my opinion the theme of this text would be to do always do what is morally right, even if you are standing alone. Melinda didn’t tell anyone what had happened to her until near the end of the story. When she finally tells the person who used to be her best friend her plans fail and she wasn’t believed. This was devastating for Melinda, after finally trying to do the right thing and protect her old friend. She was back to square one, with no one. It isn’t until Andy tries again that people realize that what Melinda had told Rachel was the truth. I enjoyed reading this novel. For me it was something easy to relate to. Not only were there topics in the story that relate to what had just recently happened with Amanda Todd. But there were also parts of the text that I could relate to myself and what has happened in my own past. I would most definitely recommend high schools to have this book as an English class assignment. It shows what can happen with teenagers at parties where alcohol and other influences are involved.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very emotional story I thought this book was very well written. I was very moved by the subject matters and the characters. A must read for anyone who knows teens...insightful as to what can be secretly happening in their lives.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Beautiful I just finished 'Speak' and I must say: One of the best books I've ever read. I think everyone should experience reading this story, even if it's a theme or genre you usually don't go for. I just, can't explain how emotional I am about this book. I just loved it, I mean I can l can barely write this review right now because I'm in tears. I was devastated when I finished this book. Devastated. I didn't want it to end. I fell in love with Melinda (and Ivy), and you'e constantly rooting for her to stay strong. The ending which must have been so hard to write, was spectacular too. I think everyone can relate to this book in some way or another. Definitely 5 stars. I cannot wait to read Laurie Halse Anderson's other books.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from As much as I wanted to love this book, I got so bored! I saw this book and thought there could be great potential with the topic, but some spots were just so dry, and boring I was like skimming through it. The part where she finally speaks out is great though :) And the characters were very realistic
Date published: 2012-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I just loved this book! The subject is touchy, but you learn so much along the way. Broken teenagers often hides dark secrets and we have to try to understand them before judging. I feel this book reflects how young people can act in this kind of situation. I recommended it to a friend who barely reads in English, and she loved it! A must-read! One of the best from Laurie Halse Anderson, alongside Wintergirls!
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SPEAK LOUDLY! This book has been on my to be read list for quite some time, and after this past week's events I decided to bump it to the top of my list and read it this week. I was upset to see that someone was trying to add it to the Banned Book List as I have loved every Laurie Halse Anderson book I have read to date. I was not disappointed in Speak at all. I loved the way it was written, almost journal like or glimpses of the thoughts flowing through Melinda's mind at different moments in time. I really could not put this book down and read until the wee hours of the night to finally see Melinda find her voice and speak out against the boy who raped her. It brought me to tears, both for feeling her pain and also seeing her finally soar and become the person she knew was stuck deep inside. The first person narrative gave an edge to the story, almost like a real voice, that tears at your heart strings as her story progresses through the heartache of being alone and trying to make it through the first year of high school with no one, then trying to fight the nightmares that plague her daily and finally breaking her silence and fighting back. I really do think that this book is a worthwhile read for teens. It shows not only that you can have a voice about any situation where they need help or someone to talk to, but it also deals with a difficult family life, losing friends, feeling like you've lost your identity, trying to fit in, and more. I also related to it on another level, in that the art teacher is one of the only people who seems to inspire Melinda or help her think things through without her really realizing it. I had an art teacher in high school who changed my outlook on a lot of issues and opened my eyes to the world around me - I will never forget him. This one scene actually made me see that someone (her art teacher) notices her pain even if they don't realize that she didn't mean to show them. I don't even think Melinda realized she was pretty much creating art to show her pain and cry for help. I glue the bones to a block of wood, arranging the skeleton like a museum exhibit. I find knives and forks in the odds-'n'-ends bin and glue them so it looks like they are attacking the bones. .... "I see a girl caught in the remains of a holiday gone bad, with her flesh picked off day after day as the carcass dries out. The knife and fork are obviously middle-class sensibilities. The palm tree is a nice touch. A broken dream, perhaps?" ... Mr. Freeman: "This has meaning. Pain." And lastly - the tree metaphors - she has an assignment to draw a tree. I think the tree was supposed to represent growth and change for Melinda. I think it shows how none of us are perfect and that things happen that change us, but do not make us any less who we are. And in the end this is what happens (it's beautiful to read): My tree is definitely breathing; little shallow breaths like it just shot up through the ground this morning. This one is not perfectly symmetrical. The bark is rough. I try to make it look as if initials had been carved in it a long time ago. One of the lower branches is sick. If this tree really lives someplace, that branch better drop soon, so it doesn't kill the whole thing. Roots knob out of the ground and the crown reaches for the sun, tall and healthy. The new growth is the best part. The scenes in this book are not graphic in the least. They are mentioned, but not detailed in a way that would disgust someone - just mentioned so that we know it happened. They are pertinent details to the story, so that you feel Melinda's fear and understand the emotions it has created. I do not understand those who relate it to anything more than that. I can see why this book won a Printz Award. And I honestly hope that it stays off the Banned Book List
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing. I think what fascinated me the most about this book was that the entire book contains very little actual dialogue from the main character. I found Anderson's writing to be fresh and unique which is, sometimes, difficult to find in a YA book. I'm glad that there isn't a sequel, in the sense that Melinda's story is done, though Anderson says in her notes that she's been asked about one. In a world where sequels are churned out without so much thought as to whether or not the story *needs* one, I'm glad she hasn't expanded this. Melinda's story ended very strongly with those last lines in the book. Anything else is superfluous. I do know there's a book written in the same universe... but like Kelly Armstrong and her Women of the Otherworld books... it's not the same as a true "sequel." I would definitely recommend this book to anyone going into Highschool. It makes you uncomfortable because it is *supposed* to make you uncomfortable. And that, my friends, is the sign of a good writer. If you're always so "OMG SQUEEEEEEEE" about a book, you're reading stories that aren't trying hard enough. Good writing makes you squirm. And this was a very squirmy book.
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read Speak is one of the most refreshing and realistic books I’ve read. It takes the reader from the start of grade 9 to the end of a very intense and lonely year. Melinda is quiet and outspoken she curls inside herself when she can’t think of anything to say or do.She is desperate to find and tell the truth but is held back by emotions and memories so frightening it will leave the reader shocked and speechless. Melinda goes about her year with all of her old friends hating her while they separate into clicks. Melinda not only is quite and outspoken but she is also quite humourous in her own way. This book has it’s laughing moments which brings you up and helps you realize that Melinda wasn’t always a depressed wreck, She had lots of friends and had lots of plans. Than the worst possible thing happened to her and she was wrenched from her great life and thrown into the unknown of sadness, lying, despair and loneliness. Melinda has to crawl her way up the hole she was pulled into and finds herself through art and the truth. This book will leave you captivated and wanting more details of Melinda and her story. This book is an amazing look at teenagers and how bad things can happen to anyone. I will read this book over and over and never grow tired. I will recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Melinda is starting high school without any of her friends from middle school. They have all shunned her. She doesn’t talk very much – really only when necessary – but manages to make a friend in the new girl at school, Heather. At home, her parents are constantly fighting, and Melinda just tries to avoid them when at all possible. It was very good. Laurie Halse Anderson seemed to be able to portray 13/14 year old Melida amazingly well. It was told in first person, present tense. It took me a while to figure out why it “felt” a little different than most books; I think it was the present tense, and I thought it was done very well. I was a little disappointed that I happened to glance at the back of the title page before I started reading it and see a subject heading from Library of Congress that I would call a spoiler. It would have been nice to not know that as I read, but even still, I thought the book was very, very good.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Beautiful This book was amazing. I would not change one thing about it. I loved every bit of the plot, and every one of those characters. I'm so glad I picked this up.
Date published: 2010-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Speak Will Have You Talkin' Speak Speak is a great novel by Laurie Anderson. The story is about a girl named Melinda. The story is written in a journal-ish style of writing-- the paragraphs are not indented. Melinda made the mistake of ending a party by calling the police. Nobody will talk to her. Melinda falls into depression until a friend gives her a chance. Speak is a great story that teenagers can relate to. It helps the reader become aware of the harshness of teenagers and cliques as Melinda strives to fit in. It is a truly dashing story and is definitely one that the reader will remember. Cody B
Date published: 2009-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not As Good As I Thought Well I did like this book but it was VERY predictable......
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I have to say that I really liked this book. It was easy to get into, and in some ways I found myself relating to the characters. The only thing about this book is it was predictable. You could pretty much guess what had happened to make the main character the way she was from the first few chapters. I still found it to be an interesting read, so I would definatly recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as great as it's made out to be Speak was alright. Most of the time it was a little boring, with no action, and the storyline seemed pretty basic. but my review might be a little biased since i caught a glimpse of the poem at the beginning of the book and so i knew what was gonna happen!!!!! hello, what kind of idiots would put the poem, which gives off hints about what its about, at the beginning of the book!!!! ughh another thing: this book is extremely similar to Sarah Dessen's "Just listen" which is wayyy better but written years afterwards. so i dont know what happened there, it almost seems as if Dessen copied the idea... anyway, i just want to say that "Just Listen" is way better and that whoever put the poem in the beginning of the book is a moron.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from i liked it Im not going to lie. I enjoyed the book. I thought it was good. Except for one thing, it was predictable. Maybe if my teacher had not told me it was kind of like Just Listen by: Sarah Dessen, i would of enjoyed it more but, it was just to predictable for me. I would recommend it to people who enjoy books with suspense, i love books with suspense, even though it kills me, i love it and it makes a good book.
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well captured The author really described the main characters thoughts and experiences artfully. It is sad and thought provoking.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deep One of the books that has been with me since grade nine when i had to read it for class. I knew a girl, a friend of mine who went threw almost the same ordeal. I fell this book to grab you and feel everything she felt.
Date published: 2009-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Realistic! I loved this book because of the perspective it provided me. I learned to speak up when I need to most, and to also protect others when I can through speaking up. This book is very touching and will open up your eyes. No matter what, don't stop reading it till you reach the end!
Date published: 2008-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you HOOKED! i read this amazing!! book in less than a day! ididn't even want to put it down when i finshed! i ended up reading it THREE times in less than THREE days! i like that the author wrote the book in the acutal mind of this confused and lonley teen! everything in the world these days are getting harder and more dangerous and this is the perfect book for teens to see that even the most inocent acts can really result badly! i do think that the book was a bit predictable though! like's there are only a few other reasons a young girl would crash a party but rape seems most plassable.
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazazing ifly lauriehalseanderson! keep goingg with these irrisistable page flippers,. :P ifackinglovethem.,/
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. I first read this book when I was 12 and I fell in love with one girl's struggle to overcome fear. This book is much more than a story about an outcast it's about finding your voice and using it.The torture this girl goes through is remarkable. I recommend this book to teen and mature preteens.
Date published: 2008-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving book you won't put down. Melinda starts high school as an outcast. After calling the police at an end of summer party, no one will talk to her. She bites her lips - they are scabs the whole time. And gets sore throats. And she slowly loses the will to speak. Something has happened. This could be a really heavy book since it deals with a serious subject matter but it is funny in parts and just rings true. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2008-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning to 'Speak' A compelling look at one young girl's struggle to find a way to give voice to her inner pain. After calling the police at the end-of-summer party, Melinda has been relegated to no man's land in her high school's societal system. Darkly funny and touching, readers will follow Melinda through her journey to self-discovery and finally see that everyone has the right to speak. Anderson's first critically acclaimed book is a great read that is sure to appeal to readers of all ages.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I read this novel as a middle school language arts project. It was amazing! How the characters were described, and how Melinda (the main character's) feelings were described. I am telling you to read it!
Date published: 2007-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Review! Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of those books that every high school girl should take the time to read. The use of Melinda's narration (first person), and her relevance to a female, teen audience allows this fictious drama to not only bring to life the struggles of a female adolescent, but it also teaches the reader a valuable lesson - one of self acceptance. When you add in Anderson's unique but intriguing writing styles, it is easy to se why Speak has bcome a national best seller. I found that Anderson's approach to the delicate topic of sexual assault was really successful, because I can easily see girls all over the world having to learn the same lesson that Melinda had to. Overall, Speak had my attention for quite some time, and I'd recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2007-04-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fairly Good The novel Speak is a fiction novel that was written in a first person unreliable point of view. Melinda Sordino was the main character of the novel, she also was the narrator. Through out the whole novel it talks about Melinda's struggle and her life at high school. I thought that the mood of this novel was slow and kind of depressing. One good thing that I enjoyed about this book was how it was written with great description. I found this novel to be an easy read. I would recommend this book for teenage girls that are interested in a quick good short read. I don't belive that this book would be good for anyone that is older than 18 or male.
Date published: 2007-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book, was wonderful. Being a teenager myself, I could find myself relating to Melinda. I've searched for many books, where I wished I could relate to the main character in someway, and after finding speak, my wishes were answerd. It was angsty, yet funny. The whole book spoke in a teens voice, it wasn't asthough it was a adults interpratation of how a teenager would speak. It was clear, and catching. I layed on my couch for hours reading this book, I did not want to set it down. Absolutly brilliant.
Date published: 2006-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stirring "Speak" is a riveting and innovative story in several ways. Firstly, it is written in a very unique style. Its layout differs from most other books and it definitely works. Secondly, the theme within the story is one that most people can connect with and understand easily. It contains an important moral. Thirdly, it causes the reader to consider things within their life that may have seemed irrelevant or insignificant beforehand. And lastly, it does not back off from the darker side of life but reveals it openly and shows it for what it is. This book is truly astonishing and remarkable.
Date published: 2006-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a dark but beautiful story about Melinda Sordino, a young girl starting high school with a terrible weight on her shoulders. After calling the police to an end-of-the year party, no one will talk to her. Left to herself, Melinda is tormented with something she cannot speak about. This is a story for every high schooler and parent alike, Melinda's trials reflect every high schoolers experience, from cliques to cherished teachers, Melinda's pain will touch all those who read. This is one of my very favorite books, and i suggest that everyone should read it.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak About It! Speak, like my review, has a simple format. No it doesnt have any indents or long chapters, or even chapters for that matter, but it is an important book. Have you ever met someone who seems fine on the outside but then you look closer into that persons life and find they arent OK? This wonderfull novel gives you that and a whole lot more. The book's main character, Melinda, is a sophmore (I believe) at her high school. Last summer she went to a party with her best friend rachell and for some reason called the cops. Throughout the book were asking ourselves what happened this night and why did it have such a big whiplash effect. Once we finally find out what did happens it gives us a whole new meaning to the novel. The book is fairly deppressing but once you get going you will enjoy Melinda's wit humor and outlook on life. If you are easilly depressed i dont think you should try this book. Its dark at times but its mostly an enjoyable read, but once again do approach with caution! I hope you get this book out of the library or look at that right above this you can purchase it! anyways just read the book its an amazing work of litterature. I only wished it was on this years summer book scene. Its truly the only book like this I have ever read.
Date published: 2006-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing in every way This is the most outstanding, inspiring and interesting read anyone could hope for. For days when everything goes wrong, this book really puts things in perspective. The way that Anderson writes about Melinda's mishaps and thoughts, its incredible. The style of writing may not spark everyones intrigue, but it sure lit the fire for mine. I can almost garuntee that after reading this book, you will be a better person. It makes you think, a trait in which all great books do.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Inspiring Originally when I purchased this book I didn't really know exactly what I was looking for and when I walked into the teen book section Speak was the first thing I saw so I decided to give it a try. After reading the back and discovering that it was about a teen outcast that was hiding a life changing secret from everyone in her life I though it would be good so I began reading. All I can say is that speak is an amazing novel about real issues and real life, I found myself physically not being about to put down this book, getting in trouble in class for reading and not listening, and staying up late at night just so I could get to the next chapter. Speak also made me think, not only about how I act towards people, but how people have acted towards me. These days I think everyone could relate to this book because in at one time in most people's lives they have hidden a secret from people who are involved in their lives, been intentionally cruel to someone, or have had someone be intentionally cruel to them. I think anyone who reads this book has the potential to be amazingly inspired like myself and to think before they speak and realize anyone you pass can be fighting a battle in their life that you know nothing about. All in all Speak is definatly one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life and I would suggest this book to be of all ages, cultures, and genders.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It Could Put You to Sleep! I found Speak written by Laurie Halse Anderson to be an incredibly boring read. The style the author chose to write with was a poor choice I thought. The way she described the events happening in the book was quite dull and repetitive. I found myself reading the book without even paying attention to what I was reading and completely missing what was going on. When I would reread the sentence or paragraph, I figured out I didn’t miss much at all anyways. The experiences in the book that the main character Melinda faced were somewhat boring and obvious once the book went on. I wouldn’t recommend this book to read.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Book! This book was really incredible. It was truly an amazing adventure through the mind of a typical girl that went under a drastic change. Speak really pulls the reader into the story and makes each page something to look forward to. I found myself wanting to never put the book down so I could find out what happened next, all the while wanting to slow down so I could savour each page. Written in first person, this book allows you to step inside of shoes that you may have never worn, or ones that you know all too well, and lets you experience things that anyone – teens in particular – face every day. Speak is an amazing book that really reaches out to people. It is definitely worth reading at least once, if not again and again.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Melinda Sordino, a student with good grades and great friends, has made some mistakes. At the end of a summer party she calls the cops, yet when they arrive she doesn't tell them anything. Back at school the next year, her friends won't speak to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her as the fink who wrecked everybody's party, and her grades start dropping. Her relationship with her parents deteriorates quickly. She becomes sullen, and withdrawn. However this picture is not the whole story. Her parents know something is wrong but cannot get her to open up. Her only hope is her art teacher; he realizes something is very wrong and through the assignments he gives her tries to draw her out. This is a story of a girl who is abused, and who doesn't know how to talk about it, but in keeping it inside she is self -destructing. Can Melinda find her voice and speak of her sorrow, or will her silence destroy her?
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Melinda Sordino, a student with good grades and great friends, has made some mistakes. At the end of a summer party she calls the cops, yet when they arrive she doesn't tell them anything. Back at school the next year, her friends won't speak to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her as the fink who wrecked everybody's party, and her grades start dropping. Her relationship with her parents deteriorates quickly. She becomes sullen, and withdrawn. However this picture is not the whole story. Her parents know something is wrong but cannot get her to open up. Her only hope is her art teacher; he realizes something is very wrong and through the assignments he gives her tries to draw her out. This is a story of a girl who is abused, and who doesn't know how to talk about it, but in keeping it inside she is self -destructing. Can Melinda find her voice and speak of her sorrow, or will her silence destroy her?
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking After I read this novel I was amazed to learn that it was the author's first work. Though I can't say this book is my absolute favourite it is definetly in my top 10. The authors writing kept me entranced until the very last word and the dark subjects it covers is often lightened with sarcastic humor keeping it from getting too deep. This book is an amazing work of art.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a mind-blowing wow! Upon reading this book, I could not believe how good it was. It is so well-written and I was filled with awe because of the author's brilliance to write such a darkly humorous, witty and gripping novel. The plot is not the most original I've read, but the way it is written and its abiltiy to relate to a wide range of readers makes it a novel you won't easily forget and you will want to read it again and again.
Date published: 2006-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak I picked up this book at a local library, and at first i wasn't sure if it was any good, but then, well, it is a very gripping story that just sucks you in and forces you to read it until its very satisfying conclusion. the author deals with the events in such a way that it seems like this could be happening to you or someone you know, and sometimes the events have the ability to eerily mirror those in your own life. A terrific book.
Date published: 2006-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from speak review The book speak is a very interesting novel, it had my eyes glued to the pages from beginning to start. I love the way the book is written, how you have to read to the very end to find out what had happened to Melinda at the party. This book has showed me that you shouldn’t keep things inside you forever and keep letting it burning and burning, you have to let it out if it’s causing so much pain to yourself. As a conclusion to my review I recommend this novel to most ages and readers who are especially in there teen years they will find the book to be a book they won’t forget and can relate to.
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rise Up and Speak I loved speak it was an amazing book and truly deserves the medal it won. It has taught me a few lessons about life. One main lesson I got is that if you have any problems don’t try to hide them, they will end up tearing you apart inside, just come out and “Speak”. The book had a slow boring start but it started to pick up and become very interesting by the end. If you are a teen in high school I recommend that you read this book because the main character deals with many problems that a normal teen would face.
Date published: 2005-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anderson's work of art It’s hard to even express how much I enjoyed this book. It spoke so much truth to me. It was one of those stories that make you feel like it’s actually happening. I loved very much how Anderson described the different groups or “clans” of people because that’s a very true thing, labels are a huge thing in High school and I enjoyed how much she emphasized that. I loved Melinda’s character and enjoyed the irony that even though she rarely ever speaks (aloud) the talking inside her head never ceases and this is how you get to know her character. In fact you learn more about her and can relate to her better than if she spoke aloud often. Being silent gives her more time to think inside her head I suppose. Anyway, I loved the point of view of Melinda and the wonderful writing style Anderson added to this intriguing masterpiece. I give it five stars!
Date published: 2005-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definetely not the best, nor the worst. This novel wasn't incredible, horrible, but just average. Probably less than average. It's on the brink of 2 stars and 3. I think I'm being pretty generous so give it triple stars. It was okay at first, but it get boring later on, so I cheated and skimmed through the pages to the interesting parts. Recommended? Maybe. Only to people who are very patient with these kind of novels.
Date published: 2005-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG this book is my favourite of all time!!! it is so awesome. its sad, funnny happy and a teenytiny bit depressing all at the same time. it is so well written. its like this is finally a book that has stuff about teenages that really does happen.its great. its about this girl melinda who had a very terrible thing happen to her at a party and she calls the cops for help, but the peeps at the party get the wrong message, cuz the cops show up. so nobody will talk to her...i could go on but i wont. you will have to rea it to find out =)
Date published: 2005-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak Out!!!! I LOVED this book!!!!! When i was in grade seven i read it then read it again in grade eight!!! it shows alot about school groups and how things can really be! I had to make all my friends read it after me, then their other friends wanted to read it too!! I recommend that you read it!!!
Date published: 2005-09-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This book was disappointment i thought the book was very disapointing. I expected way better from this award-winning book. Most of the book wasn't very interesting, in fact it was quite repetitive. Only the last 30 pages was enjoyable. Every time the author would start to say something really interesting and intreguing, she would stop or end the chapter. There was also too much description. i wouldn't recommend it to those who like getting to point fast, impatient or those who like action or books that stuff actually happens. But the story was okay.
Date published: 2005-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's not just an everyday thing having been through this situation, it helped to deal with it, and realize that you can't keep it locked inside, because it will eat you alive, and when you do get that help, it may not be professional, it may just be telling someone, you can trust and who trusts you back, you don't have to be that quiet little girl everyone hates, just cause they don't know the story.
Date published: 2005-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I read it in seventh grade and i find myself reading it over and over again. It's the end of ninth grade and i still feel that this book is just amazingly well written and alot of fun to read. Although the reality of highschool depicted in the book was really different and somewhat too cliched and fictional from my first year of highschool i still enjoyed the detail. This story touches on very real issues and emotions many of us may face and I think that everyone should have a chance to read this wonderful novel. If anyone else enjoyed this book I recommend Catalyst aswell. =D
Date published: 2005-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic no doubt I chose to read this book as part of our Grade 9 angst unit. I thought the cover was really neat and thought I would read it. I couldn't put it down. The witty remarks and the characters really sucked me in. The book depicts exactly what it is like in highschool with all the cliques. I decided that a book like this couldn't be read once, so I read it again. It was even better the second time. I recommend this book to teenagers because it deals with issues that we may encounter at some point in our lives. I would give this book 6 stars out of 5, but the scale doesn't allow me to. Read and enjoy!
Date published: 2005-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Opinion. I started to read it , and i could'nt put it done, literaly. I love this book. Congrats to you Laurie Anderson, on writing an amazing book! I recomend you read it. Anyone and everyone will enojy it.
Date published: 2005-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWSOME I am doing this book for a grade 7 book report. it was sooo good!! Words realy can not do it justice
Date published: 2004-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awsome book This book was great. It dealed with issues that teens face today in highschool. I would recomend this book to adolescents, or anyone who has felt the pain of going through highschool.
Date published: 2004-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing~ I first read 'Speak' in Grade 7 [3 years ago] and it completely captured me. It is an amazing book that everyone should read...not only does it have a fabulous story, but also captures the true essence of some teens in today's world and what they go through... This book is a MUST HAVE...READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY!!
Date published: 2004-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Speak is a novel which i can read again and again. Each time i appreciate what Anderson has done more and more. She had captured the perfect image of a high school freshmen who not only deals with fitting in but personal tramuas as well. Its a book that teaches great lessons such as the importance of speaking up. Great for all ages and an absolute enjoyment to read!
Date published: 2004-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, moving, an awesome read! A friend of mine had to read this book for his english class and let me borrow it. I finished Speak in two days! I just bought it recently because I loved it so much. This book is very powerful. I enjoyed it immensely. A story of truth and triumph. A must-read!
Date published: 2004-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read This book was very well written. Probably the best book I have read to describe the high school environment from the view of an outcast.
Date published: 2004-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak is AWESOME! This book was amazing! Laurie Halse Anderson, THUMBS UP TO YOU! I would just like to say that every teen girl should read this book, its very good.
Date published: 2004-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book was a wonderful novel, and put you right into the charaters shoes... and thoughts. Pulled you in, switched your around and threw you back out. A VERY good book that I highly recommend.
Date published: 2004-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Very outstanding book. I thought that it was very realistic to every day life.
Date published: 2004-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbelievable Speak is one of the best books I've ever read. There is so much meaning and messages in this book, and there is so much feeling and poetry in the pages of this book. It is also a book you can read a hundred times, and not get bored of it, yet find something new each time you've read it. I must have read it about 6 times by now. The author chose such great words to describe the story, and gave me such a visual picture of the story, and sometimes, I got soo into the book, my legs started to be numb, because i actually felt like I was her, so read it, it's an UNBELIEVABLY GOOD BOOK!!!
Date published: 2003-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving... Moving, heartbreaking and dramatic. Speak enters your mind and wont leave. Funny at times and sad at others; Melinda will take you into her world and let you experence the good and the bad. Melinda's narrative voice will fill your mind and you will follow with her...through till the very end. This is a powerfully gripping story where Melinda faces her deepest fears and searches for a road to recovery.
Date published: 2003-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This was a very interesting book. The description was excellent. I felt as if i could relate to how the character dealt with things. good for teens.
Date published: 2003-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Book I read Speak because my Lit teacher suggested it, reading the back I still wasn't convinced yet if I would enjoy the story, from page one I got hooked! You become desperate throughout the book to know what it is that Melinda isn't telling anyone, and you also feel for her and what she is put through at school, the writer gives you a character that it is very easy to relate to...all in all it was a great book!
Date published: 2003-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Laurie Halse Anderson brings this book to life with amazing emotions and words.
Date published: 2002-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Truth Between The Lines Speak is a sensitive, heart gripping story that keeps you reading until the end. Melinda is hated by her friends and peers for calling the cops and ruining the end of the summer party. Now, not only is she trying to deal with her peers and her workaholic mother, she has to forget why she called the cops. It is a sad struggle through the crude highschool politics where the only people to talk to are a barely tolerable outcast like herself, and her art teacher. Throughout her situation, Melinda is sarcastically witty, which brings humor into the story. Even as Melinda is tormented with her crude art assignments, thoughts of suicide, dealing with her parents and her peers, you can see that there is the truth between the lines.
Date published: 2002-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak! This is one of the best books that I have ever read. Its a mix of humour, drama and suspense. You have to keep on reading to find out what happens. Melinda has no friends and is just going into her first year of grade 9. How worst can things get and why did her friends ditch her ? Read on to find out.
Date published: 2002-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak An amazing book telling about a girl depressed and lifeless, because of a horrible night causing her to loose all her frinds, personality and inner voice. A girl who would rather hurt herself then think of that horrible night that changed her forever. A book you will never forget, that leaves you touched and lets you always remember to speak.
Date published: 2002-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it all in the one day. The girl has a secret to tell but she has someone to tell it to. She has trouble at school with the principle and counselors because she refuses to talk. She has nothing to say. The book is excellent and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys dark, emotional stories.
Date published: 2002-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak she did This book is absolutely phenomenal. Anderson provides the reader with a page-turner I couldn't put down. Melinda's story is one every teenage girl can relate to.
Date published: 2002-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!!! I picked this book up one Saturday afternoon, and I didn't put it down until I was finished. I couldn't help but read on about Melinda's troubles and the suspense leading up to what nobody will give her a chance to say, or maybe what she is most afraid of saying. I reccomend this to anyone who knew they had to say something...but they didn't know how or when... A story for teens who have ever felt isolated socially... great story...inspitaional even.
Date published: 2001-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Understanding The novel Speak is one of the best books i have ever read. It's story line and depictions of a teenage girls struggles are amazingly observant and accurate. Situations and atmosphere's that are present in our lives everyday are brought into a new light that allows readers to understand how hard it is to overcome lifes obstacles. The story that is told reflects a perfect understanding of how hard it is to be understood at the age of 14. All the fears and troubles of discovering one's self are displayed and described perfectly in this novel. I believe that this eye opening and inspiring story has the power to help others pull through hard times and survive as well. The emotional power envoked by the characters leave readers feeling as though they lived the story as well. And so i rank this novel a five out of five because it is a perfect understanding of life and the strengh this is required to Speak.
Date published: 2001-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak I really enjoyed Speak.. i thought it was an amazing book! I hope they come out with a continuation!
Date published: 2001-11-29

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Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 8.21 × 5.47 × 0.61 in

Published: May 10, 2011

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312674392

ISBN - 13: 9780312674397

About the Book

In this powerful novel, a teenage heroine delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school.

From the Publisher

The first ten lies they tell you in 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, 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 increasingly 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 fights 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.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author of books for kids of all ages--including Fever 1793, Chains, Twisted, and many others. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Anderson was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”
 
Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York in 1961. Growing up, she loved reading and listening to family stories. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was freelance journalist, and then worked part-time at a bookstore to earn money while working on her fiction. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.

Editorial Reviews

“In a stunning first novel, Anderson uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the head of an isolated teenager. . . . Yet Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers’ empathy. . . . But the book’s overall gritty realism and Melinda’s hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.”— Publishers Weekly , Starred Review “An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last.”— The Horn Book , Starred Review “A frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today’s headlines. . . . The plot is gripping and the characters are powerfully drawn . . . a novel that will be hard for readers to forget.”— Kirkus Reviews , Pointer Review “Melinda’s pain is palpable, and readers will totally empathize with her. This is a compelling book, with sharp, crisp writing that draws readers in, engulfing them in the story.”— School Library Journal “A story told with acute insight, acid wit, and affecting prose.”— Library Journal “Melinda’s voice is distinct, unusual, and very real as she recounts her past and present experiences in bitterly ironic, occasionally even amusing vignettes. . . . Melinda’s sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her
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