Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book Review #107 - Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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 that 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 art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In this powerful novel, an utterly believeable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

My Rating: 5/5

I had watched the movie based on this book a number of years ago. Because of this, I don't think I got 100% out of the book but I still enjoyed it enough to rate it five stars. The book is definitely better than the movie, although the movie stays pretty loyal to the book.

This is the first book I have read by Laurie Halse Anderson, although I have heard alot of good things about her novels, and I definitely intend to read her other works.

This is a very character driven novel told through the eyes of the protagonist Melinda. I found I could relate to Melinda alot more than I could any other book I have ever read.

1 comment:

  1. I remember reading this novel for the first time nine years ago in just one day because it was just amazing! It's so great to see that other bloggers keep discovering and promoting this powerful book.