Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak AUTHOR Laurie Halse Anderson



N reason I loved this book is because I was very very similar to Melinda in high school Her attitude about school her cynicism towards the whole high school is the best time of your life crap her opinions about classes and teachers and the uselessness of guidance counselorsthat was me I kind of wished I could transport myself into the story so Melinda and I could sneer at pep rallies together And then I felt bad because nothing bad happened to me in high school Nothing like the stuff Melinda went through She had a reason for being so withdrawn and unhappy and angry about verything I didn t It s sort of an unpleasant realization wow I was a total snot for absolutely no reason I was okay with this Claim The Crown eventually but some people might not be I can imagine someone criticizing this story for being toomo or saying that Melinda was too much of a downer Okay I didn t want to give away spoilers but I can t talk about my next point without revealing some stuff So just to be clearHERE BE SPOILERS YOU VE BEEN WARNEDThen again they could be like a certain reviewer YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE who wrote and I uote I m so sick of this sic stories about girls who got raped and spend the Nerds entire book pitying themselvestakes breath counts to tenApparently Laurie Halse Anderson gets this a lot Mydition of the book has an interview with her and she said I have gotten one uestion repeatedly from young men These are guys who liked the book but they are honestly confused They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped I mtheywhywhat the fuck I think I need to go sit in a corner and do some yoga breaths be back later Read for Social Justice in Young Adult Literature I didn t think I d be so gripped by this book but the author captures the pains and troubles of In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, everyday high school life with such honesty and rawmotion that I couldn t help recognising half the characters from my own high school days There s Rachel the Bark ex best friend who s had a personality transplant over the summer Heather the temporary friend who s just waiting to be snapped up by a cooler cliue and of course the protagonist who doesn t uite fit in anywhereThe beauty of this novel is that it works well alone without the much darker and important story behind it But that being said it also serves as a very sad and moving voice for rape victims particularly for those who feel at fault or scared andmbarrassed by what happened It was a uick accessible read but it s also the kind that plays on your mind long after finishing it The following review will touch upon serious topics and under the spoiler section I might hide TMI too much information tags If you don t want to know about my own personal journey don t read because it might be umconfortable and triggering I ll use strong languageI also want to point out that I read this book long ago and that I won t re read for this review I just want to discuss the following uestions which I found in the review of one of my favorite Goodreads reviewers On Such a Full Sea ever my dear Meredith BTW I recommend following her reviewsMeredith wrote this Should Laurie Halse Anderson s book Speak be placed in the adult section because it deals with rape No It is a teen book that touches upon a serious topic that teens are very much aware of How many people were assigned The Handmaid s Tale in high school which basic oh goodness me i dontven want to begin this review because Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! even though im sticking to my rating i feel super guilty for rating this so low but its been awhile since ive read this and i finally feel like i can articulate why this book just isnt for me firstly i want to say that the topic of this story isxtremely important and deserves the representation it gets in this melindas high school Cannibal experience is vastly different than my own but i canmpathise that sexual assault is something that happens Mastered (The Enforcers, even when its something i was never aware of at that age so i appreciate the visibility of this serious issue and i know this story will help those that arehave gone though something similarthat being said THIS BOOK IS SOOOO BORING which makes me feel guilty because should ixpect to find Man, Son of Man entertainment in a story so heavy probably not but i do need my attention to be held and this just didnt capture it its slow and melinda is a very difficult person to connect with not a good combination maybe if i had read this as a teen my reaction might be a bit different but other than the overall message of the story i just couldnt find anything redeeming about the novel itself such a shame 25 star. Nt at Merryweather High Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast Her old friends won't talk to her and people she doesn't know glare at her If only she couldxplain but she just can't find the wor.

2017 Reread I read this for my young adult literature class along with scholastic articles about the book which added a great new layer to my interpretation of the novel Original Review I ve owned this book for years and never got around to reading it until yesterday I m happy I did because this was one of the best books that I have read lately Speak was very well paced and I never found the story to be dragging or boring I loved the character development and Melinda s voice throughout the story Original rating 55 stars Well I can t help but feel a little disappointed I mean the summary doesn t reveal much kind of like Melinda herself and so obviously I made my own assumptions of the plot Turns out there s no killing involved It s not a mystery or a thriller it s a psychological story If I had known before I think I might have Alter Ego enjoyed this a tiny bit So Melinda She s confused scared terrified and convinced that she s alone in this wide animalistic world Things are somewhat bearable but that is prior to her losing her only friend at school and seeing IT We witness her trying her best to shut downverything around her and take nest in her own mind It s not pretty to see and it does make for tragic moments but they re all part of the process she creates to survive high schoolI really think that the outline of the book is fairly original It s feels like it s written in journal ntries which gives such an authentic atmosphere to the story It makes us believe in Melinda and hope that verything turns out for the best for her The writing makes the story flow in a perfect rhythm for this type of story lent that s for sure but deep and reflectiveA couple of things that could have been better the secondary characters Melinda s parents and the tragedy around IT itself Basically this is a Melinda s world we re in her head and since she s not the most popular girl in school there aren t many interactions between her and other kids This Uncommon Wisdom euals scarcely any secondary characters There s David the headstrong and could not be different than Melinda David But what about him We only get to know him a little through short journalntries of Melinda sMelinda s parents are puzzling At least to me For most of the book they re Unseen City extremely mad and annoyed at herspecially the mother She never tries to actually ask Melinda what s wrong No wonder Melinda can t muster the force to do so But then at Art end of the story we see the dad showing such benevolence and I m there suinting myyes like why is this the first time we see this facet of his personality Surely because Melinda prefers limiting her interactions with her parentsAnd the last thing that let me down is the details around IT Or shall I say the lack of them We don t know his past why he does what he does or God Is in the Crowd even what will happen to him Alright so the last part isasy to imagine BUT STILL The Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard ending is very open so that s something to remember I find it sad that we don t get any kind of info on IT I wish we knew what his life at home looks like just so we can understand his motives for doing what he does betterThis book didn t take me by surprise as I have read a panoply of novels with similar if notxact same themes But I can guess that when it was first published there were reasons to fuss about it I am still recommending it seeing that it s so profound and realistic and I grew uite attached to Melinda Hopefully you will as well Just okay I was particularly disappointed with the The Matriarchs (The Family ending and felt that there was anlement of glorification in this novel that I didn t appreciate Let me xplainAlthough I loved the fact that Melinda finally finds her voice and a way to xpress herself I felt as if the story was wrapped up a little too uickly and too neatly Let s be honest that When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) ending was than a little unrealistic You can t simply put a pretty bow on thend of this novel otherwise the No Biggy! entire tale becomes trite Having been through this myself and sadly listened to countless stories similar and worse than mine I can say that 9 times out of 10 you don t get closure let alone retribution And having someone swoop in to save you is pretty much unheard of otherwise we wouldn t have such a thing as rape culture which tragically pervades our country I think this particularnding potentially puts across the wrong message to girls who might find themselves in a similar situation or who are in this situation Nevertheless it s an important story to be told and there were scenes and motions that were absolutely right on and very relatable. The ninth graders are herded into the auditorium We fall into clans Jocks Country Clubbers Idiot SavantsCheerleaders I am clanless I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoons I didn't.

45 stars I think this is a really powerful novel that should be read by so many specially teens Speak is a fascinating tale of learning to use you Once I finished reading the last word I knew I was going to reread it Yes that profoundHonest Authentic Real Use all those words and their synonyms and you have this book I literally wanted to hop into the sea of words and tell Melinda Sordino I ll be your friend Don t despair Alas I couldn t do that though I had to see her struggle It s painful but since I watched the movie which was done well by the way first before reading the book I knew where she was coming from Melinda s voice was sonormal She wasn t there to make you like her or hate her She just who she really was I liked her immensely though and in real life think would have been friends with her Her whole take on high school was hilarious and kind of scarily accurate I totally love the character of David Petrakis He would have been my hero in ninth grade No joke The cover fits the story like a glove Not all book jackets can boast that so let s give the jacket cover artist a round of applause Ok I need stop raving about the cover so much but I couldn t help it The visual person inside of me had to let it outMelinda is never really described in detail of how she look likes so you get the sense the author wanted to make her as relatable as possible and that she is We all might not have had to go through the same demons she has but I know we all have felt alone and without help and that is what makes her the perfect narrator The Attracting Birds to Your Backyard ending was done so utterly well I m not sure I can say anything about it I d probably give it away if I try Let s just say getting back at people is very rewardingIt is getting added to my all time favorites If you like this book read You Don t Know Me Not uite the same style but definitely the same feel It isasier not to say anything Shut your trap button your lip can it All that crap you hear on TV about communication and Deep Listening expressing feelings is a lie Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say Speak to me is taken as a lesson than just a book A lesson worth reading and worth analyzingvery little detail no matter how the writing is and no matter how repetitive it can get It s a short novel where the life of an individual is so much and worth so much but people don t show that side because they don t believe it to be worth so much Speak spoke to me It s a story where you reflect on your past actions of judgment shamefulness misguidedness and Bird-by-Bird Gardening even powerspecially power We ve all been in those times judging people looking at them like THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL1 We are here to help you2 You will have nough time to get to your class before the bell rings3 The dress code will be nforced4 No smoking is allowed on school grounds5 Our football team will win the championship this year6 We Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone expect of you here7 Guidance counselors are always available to listen8 Your schedule was created with your needs in mind9 Your locker combination is private10 These will be the years you will look back on fondlyI m trying to think of ways to go about describing this book and I m not really sure how to start It s dark depressing terrifying and amazing Everyone should read it You might hate it and I ll get to you but you must read it The story starts with Melinda the narrator starting 9th grade Everyoneven her old friends won t talk to her It s revealed that during the summer Melinda called the cops on a party and it got busted a few people got arrested and now veryone hates her Something happened to Melinda at that party something she hasn t told anyone about She retreats into herself withdrawing from school her family and any possibility of friendship It isn t until the middle of the story that we learn what really happened at the party but Anderson gives us a big fat hint in this scene where Melinda and her lab partner dissect a frog in biology classOur frog lies on her back Waiting for a prince to come and princessify her with a smooch I stand over her with my knife Ms Keen s voice fades to a mosuito whine My throat closes off It s hard to breathe I put out my hand to steady myself against the table David pins her froggy hands to the dissection tray He spreads her froggy legs and pins her froggy feet I have to slice open her belly She doesn t say a word She is already dead A scream starts in my gut I can feel the cut smell the dirt leaves in my hairHoly god Remember what I said about the terrifying stuff The mai. Go to the mall the lake or the pool or answer the phone I have ntered high school with the wrong hair the wrong clothes the wrong attitude And I don't have anyone to sit withFrom her first mome.

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bio stuff Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers teens and adults Combined her books have sold than 8 million copies Her new book SHOUT a memoir in verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era has received widespread critical acclaim and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for seven consecutive weeksLaurie has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times Two of her books Speak and Chains were National Book Award finalists and Chains was short listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English In addition to combating censorship Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council She lives in Philadelphia where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes Find out about Laurie by following her on Twitter at halseanderson Instagram at halseanderson and Facebook at lauriehalseanderson or by visiting her website madwomanintheforestcom