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Speak

Paperback - 10 May 2011
ISBN-13 : 9780312674397
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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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1 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 13 March 2018
My first experience with Laurie Halse's book
By: Leanita Winandari

I can't help but this book reminds me of my high school life--and that's not only the good things. Speak takcles though subjects: rape and (unaware) Emotional Neglect. I love how Laurie Halse write down Melinda character--how she finally finds her way to speak up about what happened in the summer party, and else. Like most teenagers, Melinda finds it's hard to speak up the truths--because part of her knows that no one will believe her. Not to mention that she also blames herself about what happened to her.

I highly recommend this book for teenagers...

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