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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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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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    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 Member Since 2015
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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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    karson 04-29-15
    karson 04-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Chapter sections=Poor break up. Boring Reader."
    Any additional comments?

    Need way more sections to break up chapters, not just one break per fifty page segment.

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    Donna Knock 02-03-15
    Donna Knock 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, but the execution is alright."

    I loved the story, but the way the narrator talks creates a disliking for her.

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    Delinda 02-01-15
    Delinda 02-01-15 Member Since 2013

    In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something

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    "Oddly written is the most I can say"

    I've not read too many books from the first person point of view. This made the book seem odd. Especially when it went to speak of other characters in it. I did not find this book as great as many of the reviews said. The story line ambled along at a very slow pace. The characters did not seem real enough for the topic being discussed. I guess I wish I had saved my credit. It was not worth it.

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    Kate Carlin Chelsea, MA United States 04-11-14
    Kate Carlin Chelsea, MA United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great for the Classroom"
    Would you try another book from Laurie Halse Anderson and/or Mandy Siegfried?

    Students are currently reading 2 Laurie Halse Anderson books in ELA. Mandy Siegrried does a great job, but I do find her pacing slower than the story and listen to it at 1.25x instead of the recorded slower pace.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Freeman is a strong character, being there for Melinda as she opens up. He gives her opportunities to express herself.


    What does Mandy Siegfried bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mandy Siegfried has a squeaky voice which fits great for many of the characters. She also has pretty good range for the interior monologue.


    Could you see Speak being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Speak has already been made into a feature length film. Abigail Breslin would play a good Matilda, Alison Gold should play Heather; . Asa Butterfield as David; Bella Thorne as any of the Marthas'; Birdy as Nicole; Ariel Winter as Ivy; Martin Garrix as IT (Andy Evens)


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    Brian DAYTON, OH, United States 06-07-13
    Brian DAYTON, OH, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 14 year old girl. I love reading but i have a reading disorder so reading is very hard for me. I love listening to books so much!

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    "You will never forget this book."

    I have read Speak about 7 times. Every time, i cry. I can't help but cry. this is a one of a kind book and you wont find anything else like it. It will have you on your feet screaming for there to be justice, and crying when there isn't.
    Speak takes place in Syracuse, NY. The main Character is a 14 year old girl named Melinda, who everyone hates. Something had happened over the summer that had made even her best friends turn there backs on here. You don't find out what happened until about half way through the book.
    Melinda takes an Art class where on the first day of school everyone has to pick out of a broken globe the topic they will use for the rest of the year. Melinda gets trees. through the book she is trying to make trees.
    About half way through the book she stops talking. No one really wants to talk to her anyway. She becomes friends with a girl named Heather form Ohio. I always thought that was funny because Melinda is always saying that the things she does must be an Ohio thing, I'm from Ohio. Heather joins a club of girls who do a bunch of good things. Melinda doesn't join.
    If you are wanting to know if you should read this book, the answer is yes.

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    Adriana Irvine, CA, United States 04-19-13
    Adriana Irvine, CA, United States 04-19-13
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    "Wished there was a tracklist"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is great, I downloaded this audiobook for my class. My 8th graders are reading this book and I wanted them to also listen to it.

    I just wish there was a tracklist to make it easier for me to know where the chapters start.


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    Mia 01-26-13
    Mia 01-26-13 Member Since 2015

    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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