Speak pdf Summary Reviews by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak pdf book by Laurie Halse Anderson is a timeless novel about consent and finding the courage to speak up for yourself. Highly recommended.

Speak Summary

“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 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 Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable 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.

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About Laurie Halse Anderson Author of Speak pdf Book

Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson Author of Speak pdf Book is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also earned a spot on the Carnegie Medal Short List.

Laurie received the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.”

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York State, an hour south of the Canadian border, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. Right now she’s finishing up her next YA novel and researching Ashes, which will conclude the adventure of Isabel and Curzon that readers enjoyed in her historical novels Chains and Forge.

You’ll find loads more information about Laurie and her books on her website: http://madwomanintheforest.com/. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/lauriehalseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.

Speak pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Speak pdf
Speak pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Anniversary edition (January 15, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0374311250
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0374311254
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 – 18 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 – 9
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.81 x 0.83 x 8.54 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #703,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #167 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Sexual Abuse (Books)
  • #298 in Teen & Young Adult Loners & Outcasts Fiction
  • #399 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction on Depression & Mental Health (Books)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars    852 ratings

Speak Book Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars I’m a parent of a ten boy and I loved this book!
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020

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My son’s English teacher is having his class read Speak so I decided to read it as well. Finished it in two nights. It felt so real. So honest. You fly through the words with Melinda as she plods through what has to be the worst year on record for a freshman girl. Melinda, even though she is suffering, has a dark and incisive sense of humor about her surroundings. This almost surprises you until you remember that when things are really really bad, if you’re not laughing, you’re crying. I can’t wait to discuss this book with my son. If your school board isn’t supporting this book, I’d recommend looking into that.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2021

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Incredible insight of complicated subjects, as an educator I will most certainly love to use this book for deep analysis and dialogue of it’s main topics.

S. Hamilton

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020

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My daughter, 13, is NOT a reader like at all. With her being home during this time I did not want her to watch TV all day so we made a list of books to read. She finished this one in one week. ONE WEEK! You do not even know how much of a big deal that is. She was reading for an hour a night and on a flight back home Easter weekend she completed the book. I was in total disbelief. That is how captivating the book was for her. I was so glad she found a book she liked.

Kelly L.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, mature topics
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2020

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I think this was a good book. I read this book with my class. It addressed some heavy topics like depression and rape, which need more talking about anyway. The 3 letters and poems added for the 20th anniversary edition we’re good and insightful, especially the poem that Anderson wrote. Overall, this is a good book for more mature young adult audiences because it addresses such mature topics.

Diana Nance

4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2019

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I connected with this book on a level I wasn’t exactly happy about but I’m glad the story is out there for others to read and learn from. It’s hard to say you enjoy a book that opens old wounds. I suppose all I can say is this book should be read. This should continue to be a conversation we have until it is no longer an issue for anyone. Consent. Is. Everything.

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