Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson


By Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Release Date: 2011-05-10
  • Genre: Coming of Age
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 747 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.

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Latest Impressions

  • Amazing

    By 1Beautiful_Boss[Twitter Me]
    Powerful, wonderful, amazing! I loved everything about this book! It spoke to a pain in my heart in an incredible way. ❤️
  • Speak

    By ⭐️lena
    I loved this book so much. When I read it, I didn’t read the summary first so I actually didn’t know that she was raped. I got to kinda find out while she put back the pieces of her to heal. I loved how mysterious it was and I can’t wait to read the graphic novel!
  • Speak

    By Tabby41
    I didn’t get a chance to finish this my 9th grade year but i just finished this book and i have to say it’s relatable and it every girl entering high school needs to read it this has touched my heart.❤️
  • A book to reread

    By Soph.c.c_official
    This summer, for school I was assigned to read Speak, a book that I had already read in fifth grade, but had no problem with reading again. This book is absolutely heart wrenching, and completely outstanding, it was written perfectly, and depicted Melinda's feelings of depression in such a realistic way. I am so glad that i reread this book, because it allowed me to take in even more of this fantastic story.
  • Wow....

    By tiger lily15467
    This book means a lot to me. It helped me understand and cope the memory that I've locked away. It happened so long ago. I just remembered when where and who, and I think a lot of others can relate, even if you can't, why not try to understand how it feels. P.S. Send love to the hurt
  • Best book

    By Calibabbie14579
    This book is amazing. I read over 500 books and this is by far the best one I have EVER read. I love this book❤️
  • My opinion

    By Yo..samm
    This book was great and very unexpecting. I mean who new she would come back and get Andy back.
  • Have to Read

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    If ur a teen, u have to read this. You won't be able to put this book down. It's unbelievable and amazing. It'll make u laugh and it'll make u cry. If u don't want to read it, then at least watch the movie. It'll be worth ur time, trust me.
  • Amazing book

    By Fgvscvnhdscvg
    There's only so many books that I'm interested in. This is one on the few books that caught my attention from the very first page. It's inspirational, interesting, and basically one of those books that grabs your attention from the very first to the very last words.
  • Inspiring

    By Jen916
    This is an amazing novel. If I could put more than 5 stars, I most definitely would. Mel, and her story should be an inspiration to all young girls like my self. I did not read this amazing novel on my electronic device, I read a paper back version. All young girls and women should read this inspiring amazing novel. I love this book.