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. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be an outcast? Melinda, the main character of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is. This book was my favorite of our summer reading books. I mostly enjoyed this book because of the theme, setting, and the narration.
One of the things I enjoyed most was the theme. Through some reading, I concluded the theme as this: When you have a problem, tell someone. Nothing on earth is worth the greif and depression Melinda went through. She got to the point that she would cut herself to let the depression out. She didn’t feel like this after she told someone. This helped at the end of the book, and it is a very meaningful theme for a teenage book.
Another thing I loved about this book was the setting. Melinda’s home life wasn’t perfect, her friends hated her, and she could ride a bicycle to anywhere she wanted, or she could use public transportation. This made it easy for Melinda to get around in the book. She could go to the mall, or to school, or to her friend’s house. This all helped things take place in the story.
The entire book kept me enthralled by making the narration in first person. Being able to hear Melinda’s inner thoughts gave me a better view of the book. She described what she saw in her point of view, and it gave a better sense on how she thinks. Reading the book in first person made the book much better.
I enjoyed this book very much, especially because of the theme, the setting, and the narration. All of these elements made this book great. It really made me think about other people’s lives. I would recommend this book to any teenager or adult. This is a great book and I honestly enjoyed it.