Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Published by: Penguin Group
Summary: Freshman year sucks. Especially if all your former friends hate you because you called the police from a teenage summer party. Because of this decision, Melinda Sordino is living the life of a social outcast. All her friends have deserted her and all the kids at school just remember her for ruining a good party and getting kids arrested. Nobody's asked Melinda why she called the cops. What has caused her to withdraw from everyone. Why she hardly talks anymore. Will Melinda ever get up the courage to SPEAK?
My Thoughts: This book was AWESOME! I enjoyed Melinda's voice from the first page to the last. Her social commentary regarding all things high school was spot on and very funny.
Melinda's story was also very sad. I completely recommend going into this story blind, not having anyone spoil it for you, because it helps to make the story that much more powerful. It also helps in getting to know Melinda first and not just labeling her by what happened to her. Having Melinda tell her story in her own way just really illustrated the difficulty faced in that type of situation. Melinda's character also really illustrates the effects of depression on a person. It would have been interesting to have seen a before Melinda so the reader could have really been shocked by the after.
This story is also important because I think it stresses how people need to pay more attention to others. If someone had just approached Melinda and asked her what was wrong, would she have spoken sooner? Maybe or maybe not, but it's sad that Melinda had to suffer through the whole school year and nobody really tried to help her.
Speak is a very powerful book with an important message, it's also a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend Melinda's story. She's an interesting character to get to know and witnessing her struggle is heartbreaking. You'll cheer for Melinda when she finally Speaks! A voice is a powerful thing.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Fantastic and Powerful.