Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction
Subject: Sexual Abuse
Publisher: Puffin
Release date: April, 2001
Length: 208 pages
I got this book: Won it from Judith at Leeswammes

From Goodreads:
"When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide."

Personal opinion: 
I really liked reading this book. It was on my wishlist for a while so I was glad that I could choose it when I won the Ugly Covers Competition at Judiths blog. I felt for Melinda for what she is going through at school every day. I can remember all too well that I hated high school myself and how hard it was to deal with it, so for that part I could totally feel with her. As that haven't been enough, there is more that happened that makes it even more difficult for Melinda to fit in. The art project she was assigned is such a nice addition to the story and how Melinda was able to heal eventually through art. I know all to well how that can work for you. The summary doesn't do this book justice in this case. It is a quick read, so if you have some time, I can gladly recommend this book to people who love to read the YA genre.

I really liked it!

Purchase links: Amazon
By this author: Wintergirls
Other reviews: None yet
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  1. Glad you liked the book, Uniflame. And it's nice that it mentioned art, I know you are doing an artistic course.

  2. This is a dark but witty novel with the from the view of the problem teenager. There is, of course, something more sinister and painful in Melinda's past. As she is able to face the truth about the night of the party, she is able to heal. Speak has some very powerful messages. The writing is pretty simple, really, but is consistent with the 14 year old narrator and also makes the book more accessible to it's younger audience.

  3. You have a nice review! Here's mine: Have a nice day!