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Speak

Anderson, Laurie Halse (Paperback - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Authors: Anderson, Laurie Halse
Statement of Responsibility: Laure Halse Anderson
Title: Speak
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2011
Edition: 1st Square Fish ed
Characteristics: 197 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Includes Laurie Halse Anderson Speaks about Speak... ; comments about censorship and sexual assault survivor resources
Summary: A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Subject Headings: Emotional problems Fiction High schools Fiction Schools Fiction Rape Fiction
Topical Term: Emotional problems
High schools
Schools
Rape
ISBN: 9780312674397
0312674392
Branch Call Number: FIC A
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List - NYPL_YA Realistic Fiction by: nypl_woodlawn Sep 11, 2012

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.


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this book show me that I have tell some one what is going on in my life and I some one do you something that you tell some one what you going tury

Sep 20, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was very touched at the slow but strong growth of the girl back to herself. At first I felt put off by all the whining but when I started to get a better sense of the narrater, I found that she was very perceptive and clever. The showdown of the sexual predator was satisfying - I wasn't as clear though bout the final piece of art that Melinda created but I had no doubt that she gained confidence and restored her faith in herself.

A gripping read on what it's like when your voice is no longer heard. Melinda knows that even if she speaks, no one will listen, or believe her, and so she sinks into silence. She finds solace in her art class and tries to fade into the background but she can only escape her bully, and her rapist, so long before he decides to make her life hell.
Laurie Halse Anderson quietly brings forth the lies about high school in a touching character who, at the start, I did not care much for. But by the end of the novel, I was rooting for Melinda with all my heart and was thrilled at how she grew.

READ THIS BOOK.
It's amazing.

And Laurie Halse Anderson is coming to authorfest! I can't wait :)

This book really touched me, I have been a bully in the past but this book made me realize how putting others down is NOT the way to go, and you have to treat people the way you want to be treated.

Jun 04, 2014
  • Reading_Teen_Librarian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book for survivors of bullying.

Nov 18, 2013
  • xridz rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

speak was a slow book but it was a decent book.

Oct 06, 2013
  • bramsey0812 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very Good Book ! I was done with it today ! And it was very nice ! I L.O.V.E. THIS BOOK ! The Author did a nice job writing this book ! SO IF U LIKE D.R.A.M.A. And surprise ! this is the book for you :)

Oct 03, 2013
  • nlthoma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Though this book deals with a very serious issue, date rape, it is a must read for teen girls, especially girls on their way to high school.

Jun 09, 2013
  • crazyflipper247 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really inspiring. It shows you how to not let your past ruin your future.

This book is really great. Laurie Halse Anderson is an author that is very descriptive. I mostly recommend this book for females; L.H.A's male book for me is Twisted

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Jun 09, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

SlotFather thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

May 11, 2014
  • Violet_Butterfly_482 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • aleshia97 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 20, 2012
  • shuny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

shuny thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jan 23, 2012
  • anderson_kory_94 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 06, 2011
  • kizaru rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The summer before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino meets Andy Evans at a party. Outside in the woods, Andy rapes her. Melinda calls 911, but does not know what to say. The police come and break up the party. Melinda does not tell anyone what happened to her, and no one asks. She starts high school as an outcast, shunned by her peers for calling the police. She remains silent and sinks into depression. Melinda is befriended by Heather, a new girl, who clings to Melinda only to ditch her for "the Marthas". As Melinda's depression deepens, she begins to skip school, withdrawing from her parents and other authority figures, who see her silence as means of getting "attention". Only in Mr. Freeman's art class can Melinda express her inner struggle, as he shows interest in her artwork. She slowly befriends her lab partner, David Petrakis, who encourages her to speak up for herself.
Throughout the school year, the past unfolds and Melinda gains the strength to confront what happened to her.[2] Melinda learns that "IT", Andy Evans, goes to her school. Eventually, she allows memories of what happened the night she was raped to surface. But she remains silent. However, when her ex-best friend, Rachel, starts to date Andy, Melinda feels obligated to warn her. At first, Rachel ignores the warning. Melinda tries again, telling Rachel that Andy raped her at the party, but Rachel does not believe her.

Jul 30, 2008
  • Lauren rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Following a traumatic incident at a party the summer before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino calls the cops, who come and break up the party. This causes Melinda's friends to all reject her. With the help of her art teacher, Mr Freeman, Melinda begins to regain both her self-confidence and some of her old friends, but none of them understand what actually happened that night at the party. Will Melinda ever gain the courage to speak up?

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Jun 09, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Other: Underage drinking, scenes involving self-injury

Jun 09, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A descriptive rape scene

Jun 09, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: PG-13 situations

Jun 09, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: A male student traps the female lead and beats her

Coarse Language: Some swears;slightly not a lot

Jul 30, 2008
  • Twoey Gray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jul 04, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

He handed me a box of tissues.
"You've been through a lot, haven't you?"
The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up.
Me: "Let me tell you about it."

Jun 09, 2014
  • SlotFather rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding

Jul 02, 2013
  • afennessey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

No one cares about what you have to say

i see IT , IT looks at me ,IT smiles at me , i can get IT out of my head (sorry im sorry forgot how it goes )

Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

We lived in a different house then, a smaller house. Mom worked at the jewelry counter and was home after school. Dad had a nicer boss and talked all the time about buying a boat. I believed in Santa Claus.

Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"I try to draw a branch coming out of a tree trunk for the 315Th time. It looks so flat, a cheap, cruddy drawing. I have no idea how to make it come alive."

Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs.

Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"The football team would have protested, but the sad truth is that they've lost every game this season. They are happy not to be called the Tigers. Other teams called them Pussycats. Not manly... Who are we?"

Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"Good thing my lips are stitched together or I'd throw up."

Jun 25, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

"I wash my face in the sink until there is nothing left of it, no eyes, no nose, no mouth। A slick nothing."

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