Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
“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.
Imagine it is your very first day for your very first year of high school and everyone hates you. Well in the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Melinda doesn’t have to. This book is about a girl who is getting bullied by people who don’t know why she really did what she did. I really didn’t enjoy reading this book. I really didn’t like the theme, plot, or the characters.
I really didn’t like the theme not because I couldn’t understand it, but because it made me feel like I did last year. It is about a girl who gets rapped and bullied. I can’t stand for anyone to bully someone. I got bullied a lot last year and this book just made me feel like I was getting bullied again. I don’t understand why people bully in this book
Speak Melinda was having it really hard. They were all destroying her with their words and actions toward her. Over summer she was one of their friends, and in one night that all changed. One little phone call ruined her life. She was scared and didn’t know what else to do someone hurt her, but her friends didn’t know that all they knew was she called the cops. When she couldn’t talk to anyone really she could through her art. I did like that part of the story, but that would probably be it. I really didn’t even care much for the characters. Her best friends dropped her when she made that call. So it really took about one minute. They acted like she was nothing after that like she was a bug you squish on the side walk, which is the same thing that my friends did to me, the only difference is they really had no reason to I didn’t do anything. So I felt some similarities between them and my old friends. While I was reading this book I felt really sad. I mean it all made me feel the same way I did last year if I could have chose to read anything else I would have. I do not dwell on the past I know it didn’t mean anything I have two or three true friends now, but I don’t care much to hang out with that many people I spend most of my time with my boyfriend, but Melinda didn’t have anyone unlike me. She had to go through all of that alone and I would’ve hated that if I didn’t have anyone. If you have ever been bullied really bad like me and Melinda, I would not recommend this book for you.