Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

Written by Ari at 7:53 PM
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Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis: Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

As always, Laurie Halse Anderson never fails to deliver. My partner in crime forced me to read this, *glares at Lydia,* but I still loved this book. It was so simple, but also extremely complex. No one expects a secret of one high school freshman to be kept so long, but in this book that is exactly what Melinda achieves. This book had many parts that would chill someone to the bone, and other parts that all of us can relate to. Melinda has no one. Only a big, fat secret. One too horrible to tell anyone. Through out the book she struggles with her secret, and seeing IT at school. She struggles with school, cliques, and friends who aren't too happy with her. Oh, and of course the ever-present rumors. Her secret affects everything about her: her outlook on life, her appearance, and her performance in school. Except for once class. The one class that changes everything for her and helps her realize what she has to do. Art. Her art teacher is infamous for randomly assigning students their art subject for the whole year. Read as secrets, trees, and whatever else is spun in there creates what is known as Melinda's freshman year. One where she will remain silent. Until she finally speaks!

(Edited by Lydia)

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