The extraordinary, groundbreaking novel from Laurie Halse Anderson, with more than 2.5 million copies sold!
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 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.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Laurie Halse Anderson’s gritty and visceral young-adult novel answers the question, Why would someone stay silent about sexual assault? The entire book unfolds over the course of one school year and takes us inside the mind of Melinda, a first-year student who’s being crushed under the weight of trauma. Ostracized by her friends, alienated from her parents, and struggling in class, Melinda maintains a wry sense of humor and shares biting observations about high-school culture. Anderson’s depiction of her heroine’s inner turmoil—the book is based on her real-life experiences as a survivor of sexual violence—is devastatingly real. That authenticity makes it even more empowering to witness Melinda’s healing process.
PW said of this stunning first novel narrated by a rape survivor, "Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers' empathy." Ages 12--up.
Every teenage girl has to read this book, it's mind blowing and amazing.
This book is a heart racing book for all the teens!
Even as a guy, I could not put this book down. Even with a friend spoiling the ending, I could not put this book down. Even when it was time for school, I could not put this book down. It kept me wondering what Melinda would do next. Amazing book overall. One of the best I've read.