Laurie Halse Anderson

Shelfie Score: 37%

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 208


The first ten lies they tell you in high school. "Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her...

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I do not recommend this book to anyone. The characters were under developed as well as the syntax. The book could have been a powerful source on the struggles of rape and instead desperately failed. I found myself struggling to get through the book paragraph by paragraph and felt zero emotional connection the main character despite the hardships she was put through.


Bookaxe Characteristics for Speak

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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