Speak

Speak

The first ten lies they tell you in high school. "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 The first ten lies they tell you in high school. "Speak up for yourself?we want to know what you have to s...

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Title:Speak
Author:Laurie Halse Anderson
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:Speak
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

Speak Reviews

  • karen
    Jun 08, 2009
    bleg. greg loooooved this book and said it made him wish he had written his own angst-books in high school, but i was a teenage girl and he wasnt, and this just didnt do it for me. its not poorly written at all, i just have never liked books that were about clique-y high schools becaus...
  • Madeline
    Apr 16, 2010
    "THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. We are here to help you. 2. You will have enough time to get to your class before the bell rings. 3. The dress code will be enforced. 4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds. 5. Our football team will win the championship this...
  • Mary
    Jul 10, 2007
    Wow. I started reading this to entertain myself on a long subway ride home at 2 am, thinking I'd skim a bit and start reading it the next day. The next time I looked at the clock it was five in the morning and I was devouring the last lines of the novel. It is dangerously, fantasticall...
  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 26, 2012
    Sympathy Paul Laurence Dunbar I know what the caged bird feels, alas! When the sun is bright on the upland slopes; When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass, And the river flows like a stream of glass; When the first bird sings and the first bud opes, And the f...
  • Elyse Walters
    Nov 08, 2017
    Library - Overdrive-ebook! I?m very late to this reading this really wonderful young adult book.....but oh,I?m sooooo glad I read it! Melinda Sordino, sarcastically witty, bright, and courageous, is very memorable character. A freshman in High School, .... most of the time ...
  • Laurie
    Mar 07, 2008
    Just okay. I was particularly disappointed with the ending and felt that there was an element of glorification in this novel that I didn't appreciate. Let me explain: Although I loved the fact that Melinda finally finds her voice and a way to express herself, I felt as if the story ...
  • Jessica Abarquez
    Apr 09, 2008
    Reference information: Title: Speak Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Publisher: Penguin Group Year: 1999 # of pages: 198 Genre: intense read Reading level: 9th grade Interest level: late high school Potential hot lava: Thoughts of suicide and rape. General response/reaction: T...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Mar 15, 2014
    I know. A ton of people liked this book. I'm giving this crap a one star though. I never did connect with this books main character. I finally was to the point where I didn't give a shit anymore when the big reveal came about why she was having so many problems. I felt somewhat ...
  • Tamora Pierce
    Jan 10, 2009
    I just re-read SPEAK for the first time since it came out, so you know I'd forgotten the details of the story. I remembered it being a harder read this time than it was the first time. I'm not sure if knowledge of the big reveal made the tension bigger for me this time, but I still hav...
  • Mon
    Aug 06, 2010
    Maybe I'm being too cynical, and that the protagonist (I forgot her name already, so I'm just going to call her Jane) did go through something worth lamenting for 200 pages. But for God's sake just because your character is a silent withdrawn introvert doesn't mean your plot has to be ...
  • Cara
    Jul 17, 2009
    Once I finished reading the last word I knew I was going to reread it. Yes that profound. Honest. Authentic. Real. Use all those words and their synonyms and you have this book. I literally wanted to hop into the sea of words and tell Melinda Sordino " I'll be your friend! Don't d...
  • Thomas
    Sep 04, 2009
    "Speak" is about Melinda Sordino, an angst-filled freshman who is hated by all of her "best friends" because she called the cops during the end of the summer senior party. Everyone got busted. Her parents aren't much help either, always fighting about what's best for Melinda and commun...
  • Elizabeth
    May 22, 2010
    Bleak YA novel that reads as a cautionary tale. This was assigned reading for our #1 in her Language Arts class. Students were asked to read this book for a bullying unit though it is more about the injustice of rape (it does not address the particular damage of rape). It is the story ...
  • Louize
    Nov 14, 2010
    "When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time." Silence dominates Melinda Sordino?s freshman year in Merryweather High School. A recent traumatic experience that led to a very complicated misunderstanding sent a sudden collapse on her being. Aside from bein...
  • Susanne  Strong
    Apr 03, 2017
    4 Stars. Speaking. Sometimes it?s absolutely impossible, isn?t it? Sometimes you are so filled with anxiety and fear, you can?t even think of the words, let alone spit them out. And sometimes, life itself is crippling. You will undergo something that overtakes you, that consum...
  • Emily May
    Feb 04, 2011
    I didn't think I'd be so gripped by this book but the author captures the pains and troubles of everyday high school life with such honesty and raw emotion that I couldn't help recognising half the characters from my own high school days. There's Rachel, the ex best friend who's had a ...
  • Debra
    Jul 02, 2019
    4.5 stars *This is another book which I would not have picked up had it not been for a book challenge. So happy I did. This serves as a nice reminder that stepping outside of what we would normally choose can, and in this case, did pay off. High School. Some remember it as the ha...
  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)
    Sep 09, 2012
    I liked Speak. For the most part. Mostly the end. The majority of the book was pretty bland. I had a voice in my head pestering me and saying; "Oh my god, who the fuck cares?!" Thankfully, it paid off in the end. The ending really made the book for me. Though I wish Meli...
  • Ariel
    Mar 04, 2013
    This is a very powerful book: it deals with rape and depression in one of the most realistic and poignant ways I've read. I rated it 4.5. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because I could not see myself in Melinda. I am very self-aware and I know that I would not have respond...
  • Zoë
    Jun 06, 2012
    2017 Reread: I read this for my young adult literature class along with scholastic articles about the book, which added a great new layer to my interpretation of the novel. Original Review: I've owned this book for years and never got around to reading it until yesterday. I'm happy...
  • jessica
    Jun 12, 2012
    oh goodness me. i dont even want to begin this review because, even though im sticking to my rating, i feel super guilty for rating this so low. but its been awhile since ive read this and i finally feel like i can articulate why this book just isnt for me. firstly, i want to say t...
  • Maureen
    Jul 09, 2012
    3.5/5 This is such an important book for the content and message it presents. The writing was fantastic and Melinda was such an interesting character to read. I didn't totally LOVE everything about it, but overall it was a fantastic book. ...
  • Em Lost In Books
    Dec 03, 2017
    There are no doubts that it is a very important book for the subject it deals with. We need so many more books on this subject but I want them to actually ?speak?. So something happened at a party to Melinda and she stops speaking. She is not popular in school; in fact her frien...
  • Lola
    Sep 14, 2015
    Well, I can?t help but feel a little disappointed. I mean, the summary doesn?t reveal much (kind of like Melinda herself) and so, obviously, I made my own assumptions of the plot. Turns out, there?s no killing involved. It?s not a mystery or a thriller; it?s a psychological...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    May 08, 2015
    Hmmmm I can definitely see how important this book is and would have been at the time of its publication, but the thing is, I was bored until the last 30 pages. I felt really disconnected to the story and I don't know why. I am so glad that books like this exist in the YA genre though,...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    Apr 30, 2014
    Updating to add a trigger warning which I really should've before *TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE* I debated for a long time what to rate this and decided on 4 stars because this book honestly perfectly captures the thoughts and feelings that run through your head when you go through a si...
  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    May 16, 2014
    More like a synopsis than a review. Lol. ^^ The title of this book intrigued me and somehow demanded me to read the book. My intuition that I will not regret reading this book did not fail me because this book tells of an inspiring and touching story of a young girl, Melinda who l...
  • Emma Giordano
    Jul 12, 2017
    4.5 stars! I think this is a really powerful novel that should be read by so many, especially teens. Speak is a fascinating tale of learning to use your voice when you previously believed it did not matter. The message is one I think all can benefit from and I?m so glad I finally r...
  • V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
    Jun 22, 2017
    The following review will touch upon serious topics and under the spoiler section I might hide TMI (too much information) tags. If you don't want to know about my own personal journey don't read because it might be umconfortable and triggering. I'll use strong language. I als...
  • Elena
    Jan 10, 2019
    It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say. Speak, to me, is taken more as a lesson than just a book. A lesson wort...