Book Review → Speak

439288Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publication Date: April 1st, 2001

Synopsis: Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is 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 let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

Review: This book really hit a sore spot deep down inside of me. I’ve personally experienced this [at the same age] and have been in Melinda’s shoes and I can honestly say that Laurie Halse Anderson really captured the reactions of a young teenager very well. [Where was this book when I was 12?] It did take me a few ‘chapters’ to adjust to the writing style that was chosen but I didn’t feel that it hindered my reading or left me feeling lacking at all. It really fit the tone of the story. Laurie Halse Anderson really took a tough subject and handled it with class and wrote a very great story.

Stars: ★★★★★
Recommendation: Yes. Everyone should read this book, especially teens and young adults.


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