Thursday, February 10, 2011

Speak Review

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know hate her from a distance. It's no use explaining to her parents; they've never known what her life is really like. The safest place for Melinda is to be alone inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she admitted it and let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have no choice. Melinda would have to speak the truth.

When Speak was challenged and the #SpeakLoudly campaign began, I added this book to the top of my list and finally got the chance to read it this week. It was everything I hoped for and so much more.

The prose was so raw and beautiful. I was hurting inside for Melinda from the very first page to the last. I've heard the word "poignant" used to describe a few books, but this is the first time that I ever felt like it actually fits. This book is definitely going to be stuck inside my head for awhile.

It's can incredible, powerful, amazing book and I think everyone should read it. This book rings so true with me. I know rape is scary to think about, but the reality is it happens far more often than it should. I know a lot of relationships like Rachel and Andy's in my own school. That's not going away just because we don't let teens read about it.

Overall: 10/10. I can't recommend this book enough.


KM said...

I've heard so many lovely things about this book, and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. It sounds so great!

Erin said...

I can't believe I haven't heard of this one yet. It sounds good - painful, but good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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