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Publisher's Summary

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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    MikeM 07-13-16
    MikeM 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story for young teens"

    This is a good book to teach kids about making good decisions and advise on living through high school.

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    Gary 06-18-16
    Gary 06-18-16 Member Since 2001
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    "Enjoyed this."

    I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoyed this book so much. It's a coming-of-age story, and I'm not coming upon any age except elder, but Melinda's slightly skewed, newly sardonic voice kept me interested. I cheered her at the end, just like a kid.

    In life, not all tales of this kind end well, and not all triumphs are dramatic, but the story also speaks strongly of the healing that comes with realization, and time.

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    vy nguyen 02-18-16
    vy nguyen 02-18-16
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    "Amazing"

    Definitely an intense read but it is the story of a lifetime. Nothing I have read before compares to this story. At first you know nothing then when you are finished you are left with everything in your head. This is an amazing read.

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    Kahlie 12-04-15
    Kahlie 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This was an amazing book and is great inspiration to those who have been the victims of rape.

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    brad 06-26-15
    brad 06-26-15
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    "horrible"

    had to do it for a school projest worst book i have ever heard end

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    T. Bell Florida, USA 06-22-15
    T. Bell Florida, USA 06-22-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A true gem"

    This was the most real story I have read in a long time. It's always a joy to find a gem years after its publication. I have high hopes for Melinda!

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    Emily Vermont, USA 06-10-15
    Emily Vermont, USA 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very good"

    I remember seeing this book when I was in 8th grade and my friend was reading it. 8 years later and I wish I read it too. Very good.

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    Elizabeth 06-06-15
    Elizabeth 06-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So good! I wish I had more credits to get another book!"

    This was such a powerful story! The girl Melinda had to go through Hell alone. I was waiting for the typical chick-flick Prince Charming to come save her but
    that's not what the story was about. It was about overcoming inner demons and it was just such a great story.

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    Rachel r. 06-06-15
    Rachel r. 06-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderfully brave"

    Rape happens and it takes a lot to seek out about it. The story accurately depicts the struggles of a girl has been sexually assaulted

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    kim 05-06-15
    kim 05-06-15
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    "Loved it"

    I love this book a lot it was so interesting I give it an overall 5 stars

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