Speak

Kobo ebook | May 10, 2011

byLaurie Halse Anderson

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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.

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Speak

Kobo ebook | May 10, 2011
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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 co...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 10, 2011Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1429997044

ISBN - 13:9781429997041

Customer Reviews of Speak

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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 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 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