Speak – fivezillion SPEAK UP stars!

Perfect title for a book!

Perfect title, for a perfect book!

fivezillion SPEAK UP stars!

About the Book


“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.







This book was absolutely precious. And so much tension for a YA book! I wanted so badly and get inside the book and MAKE Melinda SPEAK!




Speak up, not only for you for your friend that is now dating that monster, but for ALL THE WOMEN in the world

But of course that’s easy for me to say because I’m just the reader, I’m not thirteen anymore, I haven’t been raped and I’m not been threatened and bullied by the rapist.

And I wasn’t the only one getting frustrated. So were Melinda’s friends and family. How easily we get frustrated with the victims, huh? We wished so many of these crimes didn’t go unreported but, that’s why. The victims fear not only of the rapists but the rest of the world’s reactions. And often they just don’t know how to speak about something SO disturbing and SO life-changing? Something that changed their world so drastically they don’t even know how to express themselves anymore.



“Very nice girls they all come from good families”. He looks at me for the first time and tilts his head to one side “those are your friends?” Did they choose to be so dense? Were they born that way? I have no friends. I have nothing.I say nothing. I am nothing

I am bobby rabbit again hiding in the open. I sit like I have an egg in my mouth. One move one word and the egg will shatter and blow up the world.  I’m getting seriously weird in the head.

That’s the thing about sexual assault. It does much more than only violating your body. It takes away your sense of identity, of humanity 🙁

So, Melinda’s reaction was so normal, so valid! So worth of our sympathy, empathy, understanding and, most importantly, OUR SUPPORT.

Let’s not judge the victims. Let’s support the girls and women of this world so they feel free to SPEAK.

Like The Female of The Species, I would like to buy tonsa copies of Speak and gift them to all girls in the world.  Besides being so relevant, it’s also such great book! Great writing, awesome characterization.

One of Laurie’s answered questions on Goodreads was:

How were you able to get so much in character when writing Speak? I felt like the main protagonist was a real person and I could identify with her so closely.

And her answer was:

Unlike a lot of adults, I vividly remember what it was like to be a teenager. I think that is my superpower.

And I believe her! Melinda is one of the best YA characters I have ever read [and I have read MANY!]

Hope you enjoy my Goodreads updates…

How about you? Have you read Speak? Did you like it?

I would love to read another book like Speak. Any recommendations?



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