Monday, November 14, 2011

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


Melinda spends her freshman year of high school lonely and depressed due to an incident at a party which led her to call 911 and now the other kids are angry with her for doing that. She speaks little, but shares her thoughts about school and life in the book. A little over halfway through the book we find out why she is depressed and finally she tells other people about it and must fight back and begins to heal.


  1. One of my favorites. LOVE this book!

  2. Speak is truly a book that will stay with you. I have read it multiple times and was thrilled when the 10th anniversary edition came out. When I first read this book in high school, it scared me. I was only 15 and couldn't imagine living like that. I still can't relate to the aftermath of sexual assault, but I can relate to finding my voice and standing up for myself. Having just read Speak again recently, almost eight years later, I feel empowered. It is not a story of tragedy but a story of hope.