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Hope

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  • Speak

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Mandy Siegfried
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, a major infraction in high-school society, so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute.

    FanB14 says: "Recommend with Slight Reservations"
    "Main character pacivity frustrates reader"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the concept if the story is great, but I was frustrated with how much of a victim the main character was throughout most if the story. The reader wanted her to fight, and to talk to someone about what she was going through, but she was paralyzed with grief. It wasn't until the end, when she took control of her life, that I began to enjoy the story. I think that should have happened sooner, or she should have started to make progress sooner. Readers like a main character who is a fighter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the art teacher. He was a little crazy, but eventually reached her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she finally fights back!


    Was Speak worth the listening time?

    Yes, but there were times when I almost turned it off. In the end, I'm glad I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    I commend the author in tackling this subject.

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