By Laurie Halse Anderson
The first ten lies they inform you in excessive school.
"Speak up for yourself--we need to know what you might want to say." From the 1st second of her freshman yr at Merryweather excessive, Melinda is aware this can be a vast fats lie, a part of the nonsense of highschool. She is friendless, outcast, simply because she busted an end-of-summer get together through calling the police officers, so now no one will seek advice from her, not to mention hearken to her. As time passes, she turns into more and more remoted and virtually stops conversing altogether. in basic terms her artwork category bargains any solace, and it truly is via her paintings on an paintings venture that she is ultimately in a position to face what fairly occurred at that bad occasion: she used to be raped by means of an upperclassman, a man who nonetheless attends Merryweather and continues to be a risk to her. Her therapeutic strategy has simply began whilst she has one other violent stumble upon with him. yet this time Melinda fights again, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a degree of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's strong novel, an totally plausible heroine with a bitterly ironic voice provides a blow to the hypocritical global of highschool. She speaks for lots of a disenfranchised teen whereas demonstrating the significance of conversing up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 nationwide e-book Award Finalist for younger People's Literature.