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Speak | [Laurie Halse Anderson]

Speak

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.
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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. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either; there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent, she must speak the truth.

In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.

©1999 Laurie Halse Anderson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    Mia Oslo, Norway 01-26-13
    Mia Oslo, Norway 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "Not what it pretends to be"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes:
    If the person is still in High-school and in need of anti-heroine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The art teacher: he saw poptions instead of limitations


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This was too ordinary. I would say "Bruiser" is far more advanced.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. If it was played by Selena Gomez


    Any additional comments?

    Pre-teens longing for High school will love this "adult" book in their eyes. I would have given it a higher rating if it was in the kids category. I love diaries in fiction. Still I could not finish this listen.

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    Hope Massachusetts 12-21-12
    Hope Massachusetts 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Main character pacivity frustrates reader"
    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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    Ashley Pauls Valley, OK, United States 11-30-12
    Ashley Pauls Valley, OK, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this story to a friend because I think the message is important.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt gratified.


    Which character – as performed by Mandy Siegfried – was your favorite?

    Mr. Freeman


    Do you think Speak needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this is not a book that I would want to hear more of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mollie United States 11-06-12
    Mollie United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Take a pass"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a teenager, then this book may be more for you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    How could the performance have been better?

    The story could have been better as could the reader. She has a slight lisp sound with the letter "s."


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Speak?

    The entire first half was S-L-O-W! I'd probably cut from that section.


    Any additional comments?

    A younger friend recommended this book to me, but it is apparent that I am not interested in young adult fiction any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate LEESBURG, VA, United States 06-21-12
    Kate LEESBURG, VA, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A great story for teenage girls to read"
    What did you love best about Speak?

    How it tapped into the reality of teenage life and reality of their emotions and how they cope.


    What other book might you compare Speak to and why?

    I haven't found one like it yet.


    Which character – as performed by Mandy Siegfried – was your favorite?

    Melinda


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to it, I just was able to relate to the teenage emotions. It made me remember the hurt and pain that can come from teenage years and how it could seem so impossible at that time.


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    Roseann Aurora, CO, United States 02-21-12
    Roseann Aurora, CO, United States 02-21-12
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    "Great Story"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great story and the narrator was excellent. My daughter and I listened to it together and it opened up some important conversations. A mother daughter must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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