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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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IndoorDame
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I read Shout a few years ago, but had never actually read this. It‘s quite well done. I think my favorite part was the poem in the introduction made up of reader comments/reactions on the book over the years.

KathyWheeler I‘ve read this but haven‘t read Shout yet. 1mo
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LeslieO
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I went with a modern YA classic for #LetterS . I love this book and it‘s all the more special to me because Laurie Halse Anderson was a visiting author at my school library in 2000. She was great with the kids. And now I consider us besties! 😉
#AlphabetGame

kspenmoll 💙❤️💚 1mo
library.dreamer I wish everyone would read this. 1mo
TheBookHippie Have you read the graphic novel of this? Students I have had really connect to it. 1mo
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LeslieO @TheBookHippie I haven‘t, I‘ll have to check it out 1mo
LeslieO @library.dreamer I agree 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was excellent. It made me really wish I‘d read it when I was younger but I‘m still glad I read it now. I very much recommend for high schoolers or even just out of high school - or anyone really!

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hollylynnbee
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson

Book 8/25 complete! This book was a quick read and very moving. Trigger warning is needed for this book, but also very empowering. 🌳

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alecia3dixie
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Read this one again, last time I read it was middle school. This book is so powerful! I just love it and can't recommend it enough. This book explores and talks about so many things that need to be talked about, especially with teenagers. 5/5

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward This is one of the physical books I purchase again and again. It keeps going home with house guests! (By invitation to take, of course) 4mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book46
I‘ve lost count of how many times I‘ve read this book. It got me in trouble and helped me leave a horrible teaching job a few years ago. But I was finally able to teach it in my current job and it sparked the best discussions that class has had all year. I will never be able to thank Laurie Halse Anderson enough for giving the world the gift of this book.

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tsion2241
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson

Anyone who is 14 or 15 years old out here? Everyone seems advanced and I'm really struggling! 😢
Recommend me a book that's appropriate for my age, please!

Or am I not supposed to be here?🤔

LibrarianRyan I am not your age, but you are welcome at any age. You just have to find the right people to follow. I love MG and YA and would be happy to reccomend books. If you like Sci-Fi try Illuminae. If you want something newer I just finished Hotel Magnifique. It was pretty good. I'm reading You are So Dead by Parsons right now. Ehe, might DNF but it is a murder horror. 5mo
tsion2241 @LibrarianRyan I just don't know how to thank you! It really helped... I will be looking forward for more recommendations from you. Thank you, again! ( I'm a fan of thriller, so I'm on my way to read You are So Dead! ) 5mo
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Speak, Stamped, King and the Dragonflies, and Catcher in the Rye will all be free to anyone until the end of May!! For more info https://www.engadget.com/the-new-york-public-library-offers-banned-books-on-its-...

BkClubCare Awesome 5mo
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Eggs
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🌿 Speak

🪴 A one-word title can be an easier title to remember but not necessarily better content

#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView So true! Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 🧡📖📚 6mo
Eggs My pleasure @TheSpineView 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Good choice!!! 6mo
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Eggs Thanks 🙏🏻 @JanuarieTimewalker13 6mo
Ast_Arslan Thanks for the tag ❤ 6mo
Eggs @Ast_Arslan ❤️❤️ 6mo
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shortsarahrose
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Really good. Melinda‘s voice is distinctive yet recognizable. Well paced. As much as I could guess what had happened to Melinda that made her an outcast/silent, I still wanted to keep reading to see what would happen. I wish I could time travel back to seventh grade and give this to preteen me, who, although not experiencing the exact same things, was definitely feeling outcast and depressed. TW in the comments under the spoiler tag.

shortsarahrose TW: rape 7mo
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shortsarahrose
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“David stares at Mr. Neck, looks at the flag for a minute, then picks up his books and walks out of the room. He says a million things without saying a word. I make a note to study David Petrakis. I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”

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mclark.14
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Just about finished this book and I actually really like it. I love the way it looks into a teenage girls or even teenagers life. I definitely need to read some more books from this author, her writing is amazing. Definitely a book for me

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guidosophia
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such an amazing book. i must have read it 20 times by now but it‘s so important and something that everyone should read. i read it now for a lit circle i have to prepare because i think it should be taught in schools

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FelinesAndFelonies
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My #bannedbooks order just came in! Do you love any of these?

Ruthiella I‘ve only read the Morrison, but she is a fabulous writer. 12mo
LiteraryinLawrence Jason Reynolds always has my vote! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Speak and All American Boys are good 👍 12mo
Jennaree3 Speak is a great book, actually. Don't let the Kristin Stewart movie adaptation dissuade you lol 12mo
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Branwen
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Banned Books Week Day 5!

Speak is one of the top ten most banned books of 2020. This is because of its discussion of rape and also because 'it casts male students in a negative light.' *sighs*

Laurie Halse Anderson tours the country giving talks to schools about the book and about sexual assault. She has helped hundreds of young people since this book was published. I had the honor and pleasure of meeting her a few years ago! #bannedbooksweek

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Julsmarshall
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Powerful, heartbreaking, familiar. I‘ve meant to read this book for years but only now felt brave enough. It is a sad but important story that every human should read. Oof. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Christine Same here re: meaning to read this one for years. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Ooooo I love that cover!! 12mo
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NikkiGaspar
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📚BANNED BOOKS WEEK📚

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

The tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenage outcast.

#bannedbooksweek #bannedbooksweek2021

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Semartin1001
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“Mr. Freeman thinks I need to find my feelings. How can I not find them? They are chewing me alive like an infestation of thoughts, shame, and mistakes. I squeeze my eyes shut. Jeans that fit, that‘s a good start.”

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Allthebookclubs
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No means no means no means no. Women are not furniture. Consent is perhaps the most important thing we can teach our children. I read this in one day.
I think it should be on summer reading lists, not required but recommended. So young people can see that suicide is not the only answer to something so horrific. I know she did a little self harm, but so many young victims choose death because their shame feels unsurpassable.Book 46 in 2021

Allthebookclubs Also, the author did use the R word (retard), before we all realized it‘s not okay to use it. In recommending this book, I am in NO WAY condoning the use of this word. 13mo
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aryapdane
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I really loved the writing style and how the author revealed the mystery of what had happened to the main character. I connected so much with the MC, especially when she was dealing with Heather. God, I think we all have these type of 'friends' at one point in our lives. I absolutely loved her interactions with David. And the ending was just chef kiss, gave me goosebumps. Loved this book a lot.

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CuriousG
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 76

CuriousG @Jennaree3 You inspired me to post this as today's TBR 😊 1y
Jennaree3 @CuriousG 🙌😍📖 1y
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TheRiehlDeal
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I am so glad I read this! I can‘t believe it took me so long to finally get to it. I‘m sure every introvert could relate to her. The ending had mixed emotions for me; from anger to joy. I‘m hoping we get a sequel, cause I‘d like to see Melinda‘s journey through high school and see how she copes with the trauma she went through.

MySharonaK Yes, I wish for that too! I know Melinda makes a short appearance in another Anderson novel but it‘s not a sequel. Maybe someday... 1y
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chloeturchyn
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This book is about a 14 year old girl named Melinda Sordino. For the majority of the book, any background information about Melinda remains a mystery. All we are aware of is that during the summer Melinda and her friends were invited to a party with older students which was a rarity. The party ended in Melinda calling the cops which caused her to lose all of her friends and the majority of the school looked down on her.

chloeturchyn The bulk of the book consists of Melindas day to day life. It seems somewhat dull when you are reading it but it provides context. It shows how alone and tiresome Melinda feels. She doesn‘t see value in relationships anymore, nor does she see value in school. We watch as her life slowly begins to fall apart, the only thing she still values is her art class, and the teacher (Mr. Freeman). 2y
chloeturchyn Nearing the end of the book Melinda finally comes out about the real reason she called the cops at the party and she finds comfort in unsuspecting people. 2y
chloeturchyn If you like books with a feel good and tear jerking ending I recommend this book. 2y
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The point of view of this book is first person. Melinda Sordino (the protagonist) is the narrator. I believe the author did this because it shows her thoughts. Her thoughts that not one other character is aware of throughout the book.
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nathan.schreiber great post chloe!! 2y
MissYaremcio Such an incredible novel that is so powerful! You also might like Wintergirls! 6/6 1y
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JillsBookshelf
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Mehso-so

I‘ve just finished Speak, which is a book that I was assigned for my English class. I enjoyed it more than I do most school assigned books, but I didn‘t love it. It has that slightly pretentious air that reads like it was written just to win a Newberry award. That‘s just not really a writing style that sits well with me.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

#ya

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LapReader
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I had a self care Saturday this weekend just gone. I took myself to an art gallery to see a Ken Done exhibition before it closed. I could not resist a spot of op shopping. I was at this op shop for almost 2 hours. These are my spoils. I love vintage everything including stationery for #Litsylove and #JustBecause I enjoy buying kids books just as much as I do books for adults. I will often read them too. I enjoy reading aloud to the kids as well.

UwannaPublishme Glad you treated yourself! Plus you found cool stationery. What a treasure! 🙌🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo!!! So happy you treated yourself! You deserve it ❤️ 2y
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Amandakay
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Popsugarchallenge

Book 8: A book with a song title

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ All teens should read this. It takes a minute to warm to Melinda, but she‘s so utterly broken, shutting everyone out, even the reader. Anderson relates various aspects (trees, cubism, The Scarlet Letter, the ever-changing school mascot, etc) to Mel‘s circumstances. She feels so real because she could be any of us, all of us. The format/style is really quite brilliant, intending to wholly engage its target.
#bookclubbook

dragondrool Speak was great, and the movie version was also good. I liked Catalyst even more. 2y
britt_brooke @dragondrool This was my first time reading her. I read the graphic novel version at the same time. It‘s excellent! And I‘m reading Shout now. I def need to get to her backlist!! (edited) 2y
JennyM Fantastic review. I read it just before Xmas and thought is was such an important book! (edited) 2y
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Cinfhen I actually read this GN / it was very well done. As always, thanks for the tag 💚💚💚 2y
Kalalalatja Perfect review 🙌 2y
Itchyfeetreader You have me intrigued. Stacked 2y
britt_brooke @JennyM Thank you! I agree, such an important read. 💚 2y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Loved the GN! 2y
britt_brooke @Itchyfeetreader Hope you enjoy! It‘s tough, but important. 2y
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britt_brooke
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Just when I thought I‘d found a moment of peace. 🐾 So rude. 😂

#dogsoflitsy

AlaMich He‘s quite the stealthy one, isn‘t he? 😂 2y
Tera0707 Those eyes 😍 2y
MsMelissa I mean, how can you say no to that face, right? 2y
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Bookgoil Come play he says 😂😂 2y
StellaDz Love this photo all round: plant, book and a beauty of a dog! ❤️ 2y
britt_brooke @Book_Fiend_Melissa Ugh, I know! 😂 2y
britt_brooke @StellaDz Thank you! 2y
TheSpineView You can't hide from the fur children! They will hunt you down every time! 😂❤🐾 2y
wanderinglynn That face! ❤️🐶❤️ 2y
britt_brooke @TheSpineView 100% the truth!! 2y
LeahBergen That‘s always the way. 😆 2y
Gissy Curious! 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2y
britt_brooke @LeahBergen Always. 😂 2y
britt_brooke @Gissy I usually call him nosy, but curious is a nicer way to put it. 😂 2y
Sleepswithbooks Adorable 😂 2y
Suet624 adorable. 2y
britt_brooke @Sleepswithbooks @Suet624 He‘s so demanding. 😂😂 2y
ladym30 What a sweet face!❤️ 2y
batsy Goodness! 😁😍 2y
UwannaPublishme Awww! ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts So cute ❤️ 2y
britt_brooke @batsy @UwannaPublishme @Cathythoughts He manipulates me with that cute face and adorable spotted nose! 😂🐾 2y
rather_be_reading omg adorbs 🤩 2y
britt_brooke @rather_be_reading Champ says “thank you!” 🐾 2y
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JennyM
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Fall #Booked2020 is done ✨

1. ThinkPink - Baby You‘re the Greatest
2. Gothic Horror - Flyaway
3. Set in India, Southern Asia- The things they carried
4. #BookClubWorthy - The wife and the widow
5. New in 2020 - Traveller at the gates of wisdom
6. Bottom of your TBR - Speak

Another fab year of prompts. Thanks for hosting marvellous people 😘😘😘

erzascarletbookgasm Congrats! 👏 2y
Tanisha_A Wow! Great choices. 😘 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻congrats on completing #Fall #Booked2020 🍂🌪☔️📚This is your #OfficialFinalEntry 🎊🎊🎊 well done 💓 2y
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Cinfhen What did u think of the Boyne? It‘s one of the few books I bought while in the States 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen it was good - really clever structurally - but not anything like I‘ve read of his before. Didn‘t pull me emotionally and not my fave. I‘d love to know what you think of it when you get to it! (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen almost NO REVIEWS / which made me feel like this might not be one of his more beloved works 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen it‘s very different and takes a bit of getting used to. I wasn‘t sure for the first 1/4 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve heard that too! I was told I need to be in a good head space because the book requires concentration (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I‘m saving it for #ReadingAsia2021 as I believe the story begins in #Palestine 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen it‘s pretty much every country 😆 - how he weaves it all together is impressive! 2y
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm @Tanisha_A thanks lovelies. Such a fun challenge 2y
Cinfhen I‘m going to go into it without any expectations- I‘m looking forward 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘ve read it, and it covers a few Asian countries! Like Jenny said..it did not pull my heart strings like all the other Boyne‘s I‘ve read, but I enjoyed it. Requires a bit patience though. Look forward to your thoughts when you get to it. 2y
Cathythoughts Nice work Jenny 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻this year is done 🥳 2y
Cinfhen Great to know @erzascarletbookgasm I haven‘t read any reviews on Litsy yet as I‘m trying to keep an open mind 2y
alisiakae Congrats on finishing! 🎉🙌🏽 2y
JennyM @4thhouseontheleft thanks for hosting another great year. It‘s lots of fun and very much appreciated 😊 2y
valeriegeary 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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ravenlee
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I found this in my Facebook memories today and it‘s still a good list, though of course there are more from the intervening years.

https://www.bustle.com/p/13-ya-books-about-sexual-assault-rape-culture-that-ever...

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Skeeterisme
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TheRiehlDeal
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#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon . Thanks for tag, @Eggs !

The tagged book is set in Syracuse, NY.

1. No, unfortunately. Although, I do believe Nick Jonas and Sophie Turner were at the New York State Fair a few years ago.

2. I'll be thankful when we get a president that will change this country for the better.

Want to play: @Onepageatatime88 @Sace @kaysworld1 @stretchkev

Cosmos_Moon Oh, please let # 2 come soon! I really don't want to think how another 4 years of the current state will go. (edited) 2y
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sdbruening
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Well-done but hard to read. I recognize its value but I don‘t think I‘d want to read it again.

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SShiney
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I have seen this on a lot of best young adult book lists. It did not disappoint. Great voice and character arc. The narrator of the audiobook did a nice performance as well.

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freeatlast1137
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This book has a special place in my heart for being the right book at the right time.

I met Laurie Halse Anderson at a Texas Book Festival several years ago. After speaking with her, she gave me the biggest hug and I will always remember how much she made me feel like she cared when I needed it the most.

Texreader I think my daughter could use this book about now. 2y
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Jen2
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Very good!

Blh87 LOVE this book...I actually really enjoyed the movie with Kristen Stewart, as well. 2y
dragondrool That is a great cover! I also liked the movie. 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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Under 200 pages but it really packs a punch. A heavy, difficult topic but it‘s done beautifully. Loved every word and this is something we all should read!
#bookspinbonanza #bookspin

MallenNC Such a good book. You should check out Shout, which is her nonfiction followup. It‘s also tough to read but so great. 2y
OriginalCyn620 I‘ve heard good things about that one, @MallenNC. I‘ll have to check it out. (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Love that cover, too! 2y
Ohayraynay One of my all time favorites - I picked up the graphic novel adaptation as well 2y
OriginalCyn620 @Ohayraynay I want to get the GN now! 😀 2y
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Minispok
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“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”

StayCurious Great picture! 2y
Minispok @StayCurious Thank you! 😊 2y
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abookishbutterfly
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I almost forgot about the #wednesdaywordchallenge! I haven‘t accepted that today is Wednesday. I‘m still stuck on Tuesday. Even though my husband is working from home most of the time, he did have off on Monday so the holiday is throwing me off. Anyone else struggling with that?

Today‘s word is #speak. Anderson‘s book was a given but the others fit the theme, too. Let‘s see what you come up with! Don‘t forget to tag me if you do this challenge!

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mnjacques
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I'm so glad I reread this. Its definitely a heavy subject, but I get so immersed in Melinda's story. Its okay to speak up. And just know, you're not alone.

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wideeyedreader
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A reread. I had to read this one in high school when I was 14 or 15, and I honestly think I like it more now than I did then

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OriginalCyn620
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ElizaMarie This cover is beautiful! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool cover!! 2y
BehindthePages What a great and informative book. I love this edition's cover. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great cover! 2y
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cherinium
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This slim novel sure packs a punch. Melinda's story was absolutely gut-wrenching. It took me back to my high school years in some ways, but also made me think about my 14 year old niece and how hard her life has been. Being a teenage girl is nothing to laugh at. I have a feeling this one will stay with me for a long time. 💔

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cherinium
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I've been struggling to settle into a book the past week or so. After struggling the past two days with The Three Musketeers, I grabbed this off the end table. It is just what I needed. I've snuggled down under a blanket with a snack, and probably won't move for quite a while. 😌
#snack #cozy

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Bono394
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I read this book many years ago and remember it resignating with me. Not necessarily the same story as Melinda, but the idea that there was something going on in her life that she wasn't ready to talk about. The need for her own space and the kind teacher who allowed her to take her time and express herself how she was able to. Reading this again as an adult, makes me feel for Melinda. She really needed someone and everyone turned from her.