Posted in Young Adult Lit

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson
1999 Puffin
ISBN – 9780141310886
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
3.9 Stars

Melinda enters her first year of high school as an outcast. She called the cops and busted a party at the end of the school year, and now her friends won’t talk to her. Not even people she has never met before like her. She just wants to be alone, but every time she is alone she thinks about the night of the party, and how it has affected her life.

This book was good because it was simplistic. Don’t get me wrong, it addresses very complex issues that teens may encounter, however, the writing is very simple and very frank. I liked that even though it was a hard topic it wasn’t necessarily a hard read. I felt like a teenage girl was telling me her story as opposed to an over dramatized version told poetically by an adult. It felt honest and real. I felt like I was reading a memoir. It is definitely a book that a lot on teenage girls could find relatable and valuable.

One thought on “Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

  1. I remember reading this book years ago and now that you mention it, I probably remember it as a great book because It was very relatable and simple to read. Great post!

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