By Laurie Halse Anderson
The first ten lies they inform you in excessive school.
"Speak up for yourself--we need to know what you'll want to say." From the 1st second of her freshman yr at Merryweather excessive, Melinda is familiar with it is a immense fats lie, a part of the nonsense of highschool. She is friendless, outcast, simply because she busted an end-of-summer get together by way of 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 simple terms her artwork category deals any solace, and it's via her paintings on an paintings venture that she is eventually in a position to face what relatively occurred at that poor celebration: she was once raped via an upperclassman, a man who nonetheless attends Merryweather and remains to be a chance to her. Her therapeutic approach has simply began while she has one other violent come across 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 youngster whereas demonstrating the significance of conversing up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 nationwide booklet Award Finalist for younger People's Literature.