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Speak | 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 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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xyliafromthewoods
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When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

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#lilithjuly #basketcase also refers to describe ‘a social outcast in school. Some characteristics of a basketcase included emotional instability, weirdness, and constant isolation from mainstream society.‘ This important YA book tells the story of a teenager who suffers to maintain a normal life after she‘s raped and becomes an outcast to everyone at her high school.

KarenUK This post reminds me of this book too.... also brutal 😢 (edited) 3w
Cinfhen I recently read this GN. I thought it was very well done 3w
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cwarnier
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This movie was by no means as good as the boom or graphic novel. There are a lot of movies adaptation that are good, but this one really fell short.

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⭐️3/5
I‘m not sure why this book didn‘t do it for me. Books that deal with hard subject matter are usually my thing, and while I know this book has an important place in literature (especially when it came out), now I feel like there are other books I would recommend before this one. Still well written, still important, but not the groundbreaking read I‘d been told about.

ErinSueGreads i think it also comes down to when you read it. I read it in early high school and it was incredibly memorable for me. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading The right book for the right reader at the right time. Definitely ground breaking at the time but now that ground is broken so it‘s not the same. I felt the same about forever by Judy Blume that I read just last year. 1mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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For our last book club meeting, we read Speak. We had a great, wide ranging discussion. Everyone loved it but when I asked about how they would feel if the book was taught in class they all hesitated & when I asked why we don‘t have a problem with books about the Holocaust, racism, violence etc...in middle school but we do with sexual assault, it definitely lead to a🤔moment. No easy answers but the discussion will continue in the fall with Shout.

erank58 Sounds like a terrific opportunity for dialogue--great job leading! 1mo
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ProfReader
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While trying to navigate her way in high school, Melinda finds it to be full of cliques or clans. However, she falls into the clan of the Outcasts, and she is the sole member. Melinda is an outcast due to a catastrophic event that happens at a party. Sadly, she is ostracized; she loses her friends. This novel explores the dynamics of man vs. man, man vs. society, and man vs. self. Read the full review on my blog: alwaysforeverreading.net

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5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

mandi1082 I read this back when it first came out. So this is a reread for me. I felt this story deep down inside of me. I felt the pain and the struggles that Melinda faces not only with her school life but her home life. This second time around the read was better since I wanted to reread this because SHOUT by the same author came out this year which was great 2mo
mandi1082 . I felt that the story was as true as can be and how the character can face all the challenges after being sexually assaulted. What a read!
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Victoriahoperose Such a great book. Loved Shout also. She is really a talented writer. I love how well she gets into the kind of her YA characters. 2mo
mandi1082 @Victoriahoperose this summer I'm going to try to reread some of her other books. I dont remember them well since I read them so long ago but she is a great writer. 2mo
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ilyssa.g
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Met Laurie Halse Anderson!

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squirrelbrain
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Melinda is carrying such a terrible weight that it renders her unable to speak....
#carrythatweight
#beatlemaynia

Cathythoughts Amazing cover 2mo
Eggs 💗🤗💗Laurie Halse Anderson 2mo
Slajaunie This happens more often than people want to admit. Love that someone wrote about it. 2mo
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Wow! I love this! I love that the end is left incredibly open, that the focus is Melinda, that she speaks! No, we don't know every detail of how it all plays out, but I don't feel like we need to. 5 ⭐ I will be putting a note on the inside cover of this book to remind me to give it to my daughter when she is older.

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Rissa1
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Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

I have just started this book, but the lyrics to my favorite Beatle's song seem most appropriate.
#BeatleMaynia #Blackbird @Eggs

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Rissa1
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The Little is warming up and I am starting a new read.

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cwarnier
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Coffee and a book.
I read the graphic novel before I realized it was a real book. So now to read the book.
So far I can totally relate to the main character. I never really likes high school.

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Sometimes when we‘re the quietest on the outside, we‘re screaming on the inside.

We just need someone to listen.

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So much packed into this short but powerful classic. It‘s the story of a girl who gets ostracized right when she needs support the most.
Stories like this make me reflect and wonder about the young women I failed to recognize needed a friend back in those difficult days of high school.

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kelseynicburke
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1. We Are Young by Fun ft. Janelle Monae
2. Leo 🦁
3. Laurie Halse Anderson🚶‍♀️related to her characters a lot in junior high and high school
4. @mcctrish

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This book was amazing and so realistic. I listened to the audiobook and it was made that much more powerful because the narrator sounded like a teenager. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It was hard to read at times but uplifting towards the end. The author truly captures the depression and the internal struggle of what goes through a rape victims mind and the struggle to talk about the things that happened. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ProfReader
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This makes me think of the nicknames that we gave our teachers in high school.

Crazeedi 😂😂 4mo
ProfReader @crazeedi exactly... 4mo
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ProfReader
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When it comes to education, it seems like the powers that be won‘t spend money on the necessary things...smh

Slajaunie The federal government needs to step out of education. The states need to take complete control. Education is in a bad place right now. We need money which we don‘t get. Teachers and principals need to be allowed to do their job. Testing needs to fade into the background where it belongs. I could go on and on. I Am a TEACHER! The government needs to shut up and let us handle our business. Hot button issue for me. 😡😫😤 4mo
jb72 @Slajaunie There is way too much standardized testing in schools. They need to let teachers get back to teaching. The only thing the federal government needs to be doing is handing over money so students can get a well rounded education. 4mo
ProfReader I, too, am a teacher, and I totally agree. I am sick of this mess; we were promised a raised last year but didn‘t get it. Now, this topic is back on the table. Well let‘s just be real. My district has been in the news every other day; it seems like...talk about frustration. 4mo
CMB I taught for 37 years, loved my district, was the “evil” union president for 14 years, and my former superintendents are still my dear friends. Politicians have damn near destroyed public education, a cornerstone of this republic. They mandate tests and the testing companies contribute to their political coffers. Talk about corruption...aargh! And, I‘ve had the delightful opportunity to deal with our ALEC-influenced legislators. (edited) 4mo
Slajaunie Agree with all of you! @jb72 @ProfReader and especially with you! @CMB 4mo
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ProfReader
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Don‘t you hate when someone wears too much cologne, and it‘s not an agreeable scent?

MoonWitch94 It‘s AWFUL! Especially when they are long gone but you can still smell it. 🤢 4mo
jb72 OMG I used to work with a woman who wore too much. Then there is the grocery store....why you wearing that much to buy food? 4mo
ProfReader  ???????????? 4mo
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ahoffkosik
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On Episode 39 of my podcast, Morgan AKA NYC Book Girl joins me to talk about Laurie Halse Anderson‘s groundbreaking 1999 novel Speak, which explores the troubling issues of sexual assault + trauma through the story of 14-year-old Melinda. We talk about high school gossip, the value of the diary-style novel, and Speak as an entry point to an understanding of rape for young readers + as a lifeline to survivors. click the link in my bio to listen. 🎧

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I wish I had found this book decades ago. This is beautifully written in the perfect voice of a teenager who‘s been through a trauma. A must read for anyone who‘s been a victim of an assault.

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TracyReadsBooks
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The cover of the Speak 20th Anniversary Edition is stunning—stopped me in my tracks when I saw it yesterday and I had to take a picture.

Karisa Beautiful! 5mo
Cinfhen Agreed 5mo
squirrelbrain That‘s gorgeous! 5mo
TrishB Lovely 💜 5mo
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Bknrdadventures
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This was a hard book to read. It makes me think of all the voices that have been silenced through fear, unjustified shame, and pain—and those who ignore the silence. At the back of the book, there are tips for responding to sexual assault, and number one is “believe the person.” Indeed, more should. #timesup

TheBookHippie The new 20th anniversary is on its way to my house. I give out the graphic novel a lot and the book as well. Necessary read. #survivor #metoo 5mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Thank you for sharing that. 6mo
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BrenaJo
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A little light reading but as a teacher I found this paragraph funny and most likely true lol

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I think Melinda ( the main character) and me would be good friends. She‘s shy and quiet but at the same time artistic kinda like me.

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goodbyefrancie
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#Audiopuzzle today, and enjoying my day off. I'm excited about this puzzle! #overdrive

Leftcoastzen That‘s cute. 6mo
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Read in one day. Very well written, believable story, with a sympathetic main character dealing with a ton of stressors. I can see its influence on Girl Made of Stars, which was one of my top reads of 2018.

Number 5 complete for #24B42019 and I might be done for the night. Beat my 12-hour goal, and (I think) my last five-day challenge time too.
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TheReadingMermaid Awesome! Very well done!!!👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉🎉 7mo
Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, well done 🙌👏👍🥳 7mo
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Mynameisacolour
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"I don't need anymore books right now." I told myself walking into B&N. Turns out my daughter could use a bookish gift though! Couldn't resist these cute little bookmarks.

allureofbeauty Those are adorable bookmarks. 6mo
Mynameisacolour @ allireofbeauty Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the clip on bookmarks but my girls loved these! 6mo
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squirrelbrain
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Loved loved loved this book @TrishB ! I really liked Melinda‘s voice and her ‘stream of consciousness‘ narrative. If I had one niggle it is that maybe the end was tied up a bit too quickly and neatly and I‘d have liked to find out more about what happened to ‘IT‘ and Melinda, but that‘s only a minor point.

⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB I loved this one too👍🏻 I associate neat endings in general with YA! 7mo
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One of the most influential books for me that I have ever read. Absolutely essential.

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squirrelbrain
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So I saw that you were opening pressies @TrishB and I decided to open mine from you today too, so that I would be able to thank you properly today when we‘re all a bit less busy! Thank you so much for the book from my TBR - I can‘t wait to read it. And the bookmark is just fab - I don‘t know if you can all see but it‘s personalised!

And thanks also to @DeborahSmall for the card which arrived today - hope you have a peaceful Christmas!

#jbuk

Christine11 It‘s a great book - very powerful - I hope you enjoy it! 😊 7mo
TrishB Glad you haven‘t got it yet - I thought it was a great read too 👍🏻 enjoy your Christmas 😘 7mo
MaGoose Cute card and nice bookmark. Have a happy New Year. 7mo
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This past November I had the amazing honor of meeting Laurie Halse Anderson, author of many YA and middle grade books, but best known for "Speak." She gave a great talk on what it's like to be an author, on writing with purpose, on speaking up and speaking your truth.

#stbf #SouthTexasBookFestival #LaurieHalseAnderson

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 7mo
Nute So cool to meet a favorite author. 7mo
ChristySevern @Nute It was pretty awesome! I'm very grateful that my city puts on this great event! 😆 can't wait for next year's festival! 7mo
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ErinSueGreads
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Sorry this is so late! I‘ve been sick (unsurprisingly with my luck lately 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️) and working super weird hours! But here goes!

1st day of our gratitude challenge is today! I want to know what book change your life? This is not your favorite book (though it can be). Dig deep and tell me what book CHANGED you and why you are grateful for it. Mine are below.

Tag me and #holidaygratitudechallenge in your post so we can all chat!

ErinSueGreads This book because when i was a kid I loved to read but my dad got me into Louis L‘Amours right away. His advice when I went to college was “you are going to leadville! This is set in leadville!” It was garbage advice but his enthusiasm just killed me. Sometimes it isn‘t the book but the experience with the book that changes a person. That‘s this one 7mo
ErinSueGreads Under the dome is my second because it taught me to branch out and read “big girl books” I read a lot of YA and westerns and tested the waters in other genres but under the dome was the breakthrough book that turned me from a heavy reader to a VORACIOUS reader. (edited) 7mo
ErinSueGreads Speak is a hard book. It‘s sad and dark and horrific. But it‘s so so so relatable. I read it a bit younger than I probably should have, about sixth grade, but I constantly looked back on it through high school and though I wasn‘t going through what she was I could still relate in many other ways. 7mo
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BarkingMadRun I have probably read this book 20 times at least, I cannot exactly explain it, but I find myself comparing situations to this book a lot. The true battle of good vs evil! 7mo
ErinSueGreads @BarkingMadRun EXCELLENT CHOICE! @J.Grantsby and @WhiskeyMistress keep telling me to read it. I think I‘m going to make it my first book of the new year. 7mo
BarkingMadRun @ErinSueG there used to be 2 versions, I'm not sure if that's still the case. If so, get the extended version. It's so much better than the original! 7mo
ErinSueGreads Yep that‘s the one I have!!! Thanks for the pro tip! @BarkingMadRun 7mo
ErinSueGreads @darbylogan you should play too 7mo
Bookishgal71 Speak was a great read! Have not read the other two... 7mo
feminismandyoga It was when she wrote "done is better than perfect". I say it out loud every time I find myself running against the clock with a product I'm unhappy with. Instead of asking for more time or whining that I couldn't do this or that detail, I say "done is better than perfect" and turn it in. They're almost always happy with it despite my own reservations. Changed everything. 7mo
AsYouWish I love Speak so much!! I have read it many times. I have been slowly making my way through Under the Dome for about 5 years now, it is so long, but I am determined to finish it. (edited) 7mo
Librarianaut Thank you for this!!! 7mo
Laura317 One book that has changed my life is The Best Yes by Lisa Terkeurst. It helped free me from saying yes to everything because I thought I had to. It gave me courage to say no to some things and yes to the best things. 7mo
Crewgurl I love this book. Life lesson: make the best of what you have and never let bitterness win ❤️ 7mo
ErinSueGreads @feminismandyoga we are so often our own worst critics so I totally get that. That‘s been my whole mentality this semester in school! 7mo
ErinSueGreads @AsYouWish I think under the dome has some of the best character writing I have ever encountered. I just love it more every time I read it 7mo
ErinSueGreads @Librarianaut you are so welcome! It‘s going to be a pleasant few days! 7mo
ErinSueGreads Aw that‘s wonderful! @Laura317 I totally end up in those yes I can do that to everything situations at work ALLLLL the time. I should check your book oit 7mo
ErinSueGreads @Crewgurl that‘s a lesson that everyone can benefit from! 7mo
SW-T Reading Ramona taught me that thinking of people who aren‘t exactly like us leads to “otherness” and can be dangerous. 7mo
Bklover Oooh I missed a few days! 7mo
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Kalalalatja
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One of my fave books of all times is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. So when I opened this book and after a few pages got Wallflower-vibes, I knew I was in for a great read. And this is more than just a great read, it is important, strong, sad, heartbreaking, necessary, and a lot of other adjectives I can‘t name at the moment. I‘m so glad I finally read this book, and I‘m so glad this book exists in the world!

merelybookish Agreed! Love this book! A graphic novel version was just released and I'm curious to check it out. 7mo
readordierachel Yes, to all of this! A really powerful book. 7mo
TrishB Love both 💕 7mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never even heard of this one... where did I go wrong?! 😀 7mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m all set for today, with coffee in my cup and a stack of books by women 📚☕️👌

#currentlyreading

zsuzsanna_reads Lovely! 😍 7mo
ferskner YEEEESSSSSSS!!!!! My favorite book!!! 7mo
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Naj
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#Adventrecommends Day 10

I first read this in middle school, which was probably too young, but it has remained a favorite ever since.
Also recommend watching the movie adaptation starring Kristen Stewart.
@emilyrose_x

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hello! My name is Darby and I‘m new here! I‘m a college student studying history hoping to become a high school teacher. ☀️ My cousin is alllll over Litsy and I‘ve been talking about how I want to read more so she‘s told me to join and here I am! I‘m currently reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and I would love new book suggestions! Throw them at me (:

RadicalReader @darbylogan welcome to the wonderful world of Litsy where you‘ll find as many books as incredible individuals. You‘ll wonder if your To Be Read stack has met some magic beans with how quickly it expanded 8mo
ErinSueGreads Ain't that the truth @RadicalReader !!! 8mo
RadicalReader @ErinSueG has definitely seemed to be that way I know so many users have been Home Alone level shocked to see how massive their TBR pile has grown with terrific reads that they have even said they never knew existed. 8mo
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JoScho Yay! Welcome to Litsy!! 8mo
jb72 Welcome 🎈 always wonderful to meet fellow readers. The book recommendations are awesome on Litsy. 8mo
darbylogan Thank you all! (: 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 8mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚☕📚 8mo
julesG Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
TrishB Hi 🙋‍♀️ 8mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 8mo
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“When people don‘t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.You‘d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside—walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It‘s the saddest thing I know.”

Laura317 This is so sad and true. 😞 9mo
JoRead @Laura317 undoubtedly 😔 9mo
Victoriahoperose This book is so powerful. Love it. 9mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

To capture the maturity, insecurity, and internal struggle of a high school freshman so vividly cannot be an easy thing to do, but Laurie Halse Anderson does it effortlessly. The book reads, in part, like a bunch of journal entries, although both the suspense of Melinda‘s secret and the emotional turmoil of her daily struggles are built through the excerpts in perfect storytelling fashion.

Naj An all time favorite of mine. Great review! I think there's a movie adaptation with Kristen Stewart, too 9mo
Butterflyamore @Naj Thank you! Yes, there is. I actually saw the movie before I read the book, although I didn‘t realize it was based on a book at the time. It was very good and an influencing factor into reading the book. 9mo
Naj I'll have to check out the movie then, thanks😊 9mo
Suet624 Great review. 9mo
Butterflyamore @Suet624 Thank you! 9mo
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Juniors are currently reading Speak. I‘m glad this is on the high school reading list and that the kids have a chance to read, and discuss the importance of this book especially during the the #MeToo movement. Now that my son and I have both finished, I‘m looking forward to discussing it with him.
I accidentally returned the ebook before finishing but I scored with a readily available Playaway at the library. Has anyone used a Playaway?

Dr._Who_number10 I have!😅📚📚🎉🎉🎉😂 9mo
Cortg @Dr._Who_number10 They‘re pretty convenient! 🤓 9mo
Dr._Who_number10 I know!!! That‘s why I love them a lot. But I don‘t use them as much as hard/paper copies😂 9mo
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A fitting read for today. Melinda enters her freshman year having undergone a traumatic assault at a party over the summer. She is depressed, has lost her friends, and is trying to cope. Her house is full of tension and she has not told anyone what she went through. A powerful coming-of-age narrative.

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This book is something.
#QuotsySept18 #quiet @TK-421

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It‘s gonna be a pick!