Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Sordino is entering her freshman year of high school with a horrible secret. Her friends think that she called the police just to crash their party, causing everyone to socially reject her. But little do they know that’s not all there is to it. Depressed and alone, Melinda’s only comfort is art class where she may finally face what happened to her and speak up for herself.
What I Thought of Speak
Laurie Halse Anderson is truly the master of realistic fiction. Speak is a thoughtful book that tackles real issues that usually aren’t covered in young adult novels. There’s great writing, a heroic female protagonist and a conflict that many can relate to and even more need to know about. Laurie Halse Anderson writes fluently and smoothly with structure and the perfect amount of drama. She knows her audience, and writes with purpose and voice, therefore enhancing the novel. The way she crafted Melinda is equally well-done as she is relatable but also becomes a role model later in the novel. Depression, social rejection, bullying and assault are all themes in Speak that reach out to those who are struggling and educate those who aren’t. It makes you realize how you can’t judge people because you haven’t been in their shoes, which is an important lesson for all teens and tweens. In conclusion, Speak is a worthwhile and timeless read that you are bound to enjoy.
The most memorable part of Speak is when we learn Melinda’s secret. It’s shocking, realistic and dramatic all rolled into one.