Audio Book (CD) | November 14, 2006

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From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops — a major infraction in high-school society — so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either — there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent — she must speak the truth.
In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.

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From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops — a major infraction in high-school society — so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school...

Laurie Halse Anderson grew up in Syracuse, New York, and now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Speak, a Printz Honor and National Book Award finalist, is available on audio from Listening Library

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:6 × 5.1 × 1.1 inPublished:November 14, 2006Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:073933672X

ISBN - 13:9780739336724

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

Customer Reviews of Speak


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read. I read this book 11 years ago when I was in grade 8. One of those random books I picked at school and decided to read. It was one of my first real glimpses into real world issues. Definitely plan to reread.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites I've read this book over and over. My first time reading was in grade 10, its been 6 years since and I'm starting it once more.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Emotionally Gripping. Melinda Sordino, a high school student, is challenged with her devastating situation. Although very sad and worrying, I felt a connection to the novel and Melinda. It's such a gripping story, for the good reasons. I've heard some friends say that this novel is too offensive and inappropriate, but it isn't! This book tells the truth on how a teen girl kept their secret till the breaking point. I love Melinda, and I'm so happy I read this book. Please keep in mind that the topic of this novel is quite difficult to have a conversation on, but very emotional to read. I was really pleased with the ending.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book For Teens A relate-able story of courage, self suffering, and the human condition
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't get enough of it! I bought this through my school last year and at first I wasn't sure about it but I'm soooooo glad I did. I'm only 12 but I loved it and when I read it I had just turned twelve and I would recommend it to someone around the age of 13 and up because it had a bit of language that wasn't appropriate for children but I still loved it and I recommend it very strongly!
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book to grow up with I remember reading this book in jr high and it defiantly changes the way you think of different situations. Good read
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read! It's a book everyone needs to read. It's incredible.
Date published: 2015-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard To Put Down It was very interesting and intriguing to learn about Melindas, a young rap victim. I couldn't put the book down. It was like stepping into someone else's shoes. I really learned a lot and took away a lot from this book.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked leaning about Melindas experiences In the book speak there were a few things that I disliked and lots of things that I liked. I disliked how the incident wasn't exactly in the present like I would've wanted it to be, I would've enjoyed it even more if there was some intensity in the start of the plot common to the end of the book. I really liked the emotion that Melinda (protagonist) showed throughout the book. It made you want to keep reading to see if she would break free anytime soon. I also liked how there was conflict between Rachelle and Melinda as they were already in a fight and Rachelle started dating Melinda’s rapist (Andy Evans, antagonist). I found Heather was important to the story to give Melinda a practice run for standing up for herself. David was also important for Melinda because he was the opposite of her, when he wanted to speak up for himself he did when Melinda couldn’t. The plot in the story is acceptable, although not how I would’ve wrote it. I would’ve made the rape happen in the middle of the story so you could see a little more of what Melinda’s life was like before everything happened. This book I can really relate to, I was sexually assaulted. If anybody has a relation to something like this, the book is perfect to see what Melinda went through. I also think all teens should read this book, boys and girls. I think this because not everyone realizes the effect that being sexually assaulted has on someone and they should know. I recommend this book for kids around the age of 13 and up. The book has some hard topics in it for 13 year olds but the book seems to be written for under 13. I think that the appropriate time to read this book is grade 9/grade 10, right after entering high school, as the main character is also entering this new world.
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book “He is not chopping it down, he’s saving it. Those branches were long dead from disease. All plants are like that. By cutting off the damage, you make is possible for the tree to grow again. You watch- by the end of the summer, this tree will be the strongest on the block.” – Melinda’s father (Speak) Speak; a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, tells the story of a freshman high school student who has been sexually assaulted at a end-of-the-summer party. Melinda Sordino is now forced to live with the dark truth as she struggles through her school year. The author is an expert on this topic, because her freshman year resembles with the protagonist; not knowing anyone and scared. The incidents from Speak were taken right out of Laurie’s real life, she argued with her teacher about symbolism, her high school’s mascot was a hornet and they did sing the Horney hornet chant. The novel has a very unique structure, with its short sentences that are a combination of simple and complex; based on the situation that is occurring. The book is written in first person by the protagonist Melinda. The author introduces the characters as flat (with the exception of the protagonist and the antagonist) but they developed through the story. The antagonist Andy is a static character because he does not change at all during the book. The protagonist Melinda is a dynamic character because she overcomes a challenge and it changes her, she is also a round character because she is the protagonist which the readers get to know. One of the tree secondary characters; Rachelle is a dynamic character because throughout the book she slowly changes then undergoes a dramatic change based on an event that occurred. The purpose of tine book (in my opinion) is to inform teens or anyone who has been in a situation to speak up and tell someone. The author met her goals that she wanted for her story by incorporating her own experiences and making her story realistic. She did what she was set out to do by telling a story to people who experienced this tragedy Something that I found interesting is that the novel has no illustrations besides the cover; that represents the story and some symbols in the plot, but is so will written you do not need them to visualise all the events and conflicts. I would recommend this book to an audience who is comfortable with a mature subject and enjoys reading drama and fiction. This book is entertaining through the entire novel whit a complex plot and creative writing style. I never got bored of this book and I suspect you won’t either. Happy reading!
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I bought this book during Christmas and started reading it not too long ago. The book really captivated me and provided an insightful view in a /typical/ high school and a rape victim. The end had me crying, I'm so proud of Melinda, she finally found her voice.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! A powerful story of a young misunderstood girl trying to deal with one of the biggest secrets she could possibly have in a highschool setting no less. She is an inspiration, jumping out of the pages and into readers hearts.
Date published: 2015-01-08
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 Speak It's hard to release painful memories which this novel clearly explains how it can affect someone, but at times, some memories are meant to let go. Trust me I know what it takes to bottle everything in. Sometimes I regret the person I have become knowing and hearing people tell me I should be better. But the problem is I don't think I can and they won't listen.
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 5 out of 5 by from Speak I love this book it is magnificent and very very intersting!
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speak Fantastic story, recommend to all.
Date published: 2013-08-02
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 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 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