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Speak
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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 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.Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
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Letora
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It‘s hard to speak when you‘re drowning.

Melinda‘s Summer before 9th grade was supposed to be a fun time spent with friends. But when she is invited to a senior party, her life changes forever. An upper classmen takes advantage of Melinda and rapes her.
No one should have to feel alone and isolated like Melinda. No one should have to endure the pain this awful act brings. This is a heartbreaking and powerful novel everyone should read.

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kcaffyn5
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This book gives me the chills as i read it! it‘s a very powerful read. It tackles tough subjects that relate to real world problems. Melinda Sordino dealt with a lot going through this high school, her dad was an alcoholic, she got sexually assulted at a freshman party. Kids at her school bullied her and she didn‘t know how to cope with it as she began to isolate herself. This powerful story has an important lesson: Never be afraid to speak up!!

kcaffyn5 The genre of this book is realistic fiction. I recommend this book to anyone that likes books about teenagers stressful life‘s and exspecially too anyone that has dealt with some traumatic events, or anyone who is healing from a traumatic past. I think this book will give people motivation to stick up for their selfs! 💗 2w
MissYaremcio This is such a good review! I love this book and am so glad you are liking it!! 2w
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miguelcdelara
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Date: 10/24/19 - 11/14/19
Genre: Fiction
I chose this book because I didn't have a wide variety of books in my home, so I decided to ask my teacher for one. This tells of a girl, Melinda Sordino going into high school as one of the most disrespected people. Why? Because she called the cops on that one, crazy night. This book tells us how Melinda gets her voice back through speaking out to what exactly happened at this party.

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Panisaaa
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Fiction
Book started: 11/20/19
Book completed: 11/20/19
Chosen: The cover of the book
SUmmary: Melinda is an outsider, and has just started freshman year. She's constantly bullied at school because of an incident that occured at a party. People at school call her a freak and hate on her, but don't know the truth of what really happened. Melinda can't find words to speak about the incident, so she's quiet and stays to herself.

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kspenmoll
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#bannedbook #GratefulReads
Some of the #bannedbooks my son read in HS.

Reviewsbylola I read quite a few of those in HS too. Speak is so fantastic. 3w
OriginalCyn620 Awesome choices! 3w
Suet624 I didn‘t know Tim O‘Brien‘s book was banned! 3w
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Lita.B867
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Melinda has been going to this school with the same people for years except it feels like she is new here some tragic events had happened that have stopped her ability to ‘speak‘ will she find her voice or will she cry in silence

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NahanDancause
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2# Speak is about girl a named Melinda who called the cops because she got raped at a party and every one was mad at her because they thought that she called the cops because there was a party. The pacing is kinda slow but it is worth the wait. If you like books that are intentive and deal with serious topics, tihs is angoos book for you

MissYaremcio This is such a powerful novel, but I haven't read the graphic novel adaptation of it! I might have to do that! Keep up the good work! 1mo
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Honeybeegirl
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Mehso-so

Finished this this weekend. My coworker recommended it. I did enjoy it but it didn‘t really wow me. It‘s not a bad book and does touch in some tough stuff for a 9th grader to be going through.

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Coffee_house_booknook
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One of my All-time favorite books. Always worth a reread. Emotional. Heartfelt. Funny. And all the feels. 5/5 recommend! #youngadult #speak #intenseread #sexualassualtawareness #worththeread

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Butterflyamore
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In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a new BookTube video comparing 7 books I‘ve read with their movie adaptations. Pictured here are six of the seven! Have you read any of these and then watched the movies? How do you feel they compare? You can hear my thoughts by checking out my latest video: https://youtu.be/wOZQ_eAtmfc

#booktube #booksvsmovies #youtubeforbooks

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mdm139
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It is finally not above 90 degrees F so perfect for bbq. On the menu is Angus Bacon Cheddar Burgers on a Hawaiian Sweet Roll hamburger bun and Olive Oil Chips. Half way through the book for book club.

Crazeedi Sounds delicious! 3mo
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irre
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An important, great book.

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averagejulia333
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Speak is a whispery novel telling a traumatized girl's story. Highly intriguing, but a difficult topic. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. Something everyone should read.

((Gorgeous artwork not by me))

#speak
#whisperNovel

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Clwojick
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Heartbreaking, but a necessary read. Now I need to get my hands on the graphic novel.

heidisreads Did you know her newest book Shout is a nonfiction “follow up” to Speak? 3mo
Scochrane26 I need to borrow this from my sis. She wanted me to read it a few yrs ago but wasn‘t in the mood. I liked her book, Wintergirls, & recently read Shout ❤️ 3mo
Clwojick @Scochrane26 yes! There was a blurb about it in the back of the book. 3mo
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Clwojick
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Flipped back to this one for a bit. ♥️
#SummersEndReadathon

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Clwojick
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Totem might be more excited about the cozy blankets and rainy weather than I am. He‘s always down for a reading day, so long as there‘s lots of snuggles in it for him. ♥️ #SummersEndReadathon

LiterarySloth I‘m jealous! I want a rainy day! 3mo
AmyRebecca Cutie 3mo
ImperfectCJ Oh, man, he's gorgeous! 3mo
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Clwojick @AmyRebecca @ImperfectCJ Thanks! He‘s a Bombay, but he thinks he‘s a baby panther. 💕 3mo
AmyRebecca With that regal pose, why not?? 😊🐱💜 3mo
CaroPi He seems to say "read to me, slave" 3mo
MartinaLove He's cute! 3mo
brit91 What a cutie pie!😻 3mo
Clwojick @CaroPi 😹😹😹😹 Sounds about right. 3mo
annkuch13 😻😻😻 3mo
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Clwojick
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Getting started on another owned book for the #summersendreadathon. It‘s 1:30, and I‘m currently sitting at 4hours32 minutes for day 4. 🤓

Naj I absolutely love this book. Hope you feel the same. 3mo
Macker11 I love this book too! 3mo
Leanestaystrong1995 I love that book and they have a movie of it too, 3mo
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Clwojick @Leanestaystrong1995 Really?! I‘ll have to check it out. ♥️ 3mo
Leanestaystrong1995 Kristen Stewart was there, 3mo
NaomiO I read the book after I watched the movie. The movie is great it does great justice to the book. 3mo
Leanestaystrong1995 Yup I know and I have to be honest I watch the movie first before I read the book I didn't realize there a book, 3mo
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hollylynnbee
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Starting a new book!

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xyliafromthewoods
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When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 5mo
Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖📚💙 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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#lilithjuly #basketcase also refers to describe ‘a social outcast in school. Some characteristics of a basketcase included emotional instability, weirdness, and constant isolation from mainstream society.‘ This important YA book tells the story of a teenager who suffers to maintain a normal life after she‘s raped and becomes an outcast to everyone at her high school.

KarenUK This post reminds me of this book too.... also brutal 😢 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen I recently read this GN. I thought it was very well done 5mo
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cwarnier
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This movie was by no means as good as the boom or graphic novel. There are a lot of movies adaptation that are good, but this one really fell short.

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⭐️3/5
I‘m not sure why this book didn‘t do it for me. Books that deal with hard subject matter are usually my thing, and while I know this book has an important place in literature (especially when it came out), now I feel like there are other books I would recommend before this one. Still well written, still important, but not the groundbreaking read I‘d been told about.

ErinSueMreads i think it also comes down to when you read it. I read it in early high school and it was incredibly memorable for me. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading The right book for the right reader at the right time. Definitely ground breaking at the time but now that ground is broken so it‘s not the same. I felt the same about forever by Judy Blume that I read just last year. 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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For our last book club meeting, we read Speak. We had a great, wide ranging discussion. Everyone loved it but when I asked about how they would feel if the book was taught in class they all hesitated & when I asked why we don‘t have a problem with books about the Holocaust, racism, violence etc...in middle school but we do with sexual assault, it definitely lead to a🤔moment. No easy answers but the discussion will continue in the fall with Shout.

erank58 Sounds like a terrific opportunity for dialogue--great job leading! 6mo
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ProfReader
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While trying to navigate her way in high school, Melinda finds it to be full of cliques or clans. However, she falls into the clan of the Outcasts, and she is the sole member. Melinda is an outcast due to a catastrophic event that happens at a party. Sadly, she is ostracized; she loses her friends. This novel explores the dynamics of man vs. man, man vs. society, and man vs. self. Read the full review on my blog: alwaysforeverreading.net

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mandi1082
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5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

mandi1082 I read this back when it first came out. So this is a reread for me. I felt this story deep down inside of me. I felt the pain and the struggles that Melinda faces not only with her school life but her home life. This second time around the read was better since I wanted to reread this because SHOUT by the same author came out this year which was great 6mo
mandi1082 . I felt that the story was as true as can be and how the character can face all the challenges after being sexually assaulted. What a read!
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Victoriahoperose Such a great book. Loved Shout also. She is really a talented writer. I love how well she gets into the kind of her YA characters. 6mo
mandi1082 @Victoriahoperose this summer I'm going to try to reread some of her other books. I dont remember them well since I read them so long ago but she is a great writer. 6mo
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ilyssa.g
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Met Laurie Halse Anderson!

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squirrelbrain
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Melinda is carrying such a terrible weight that it renders her unable to speak....
#carrythatweight
#beatlemaynia

Cathythoughts Amazing cover 7mo
Eggs 💗🤗💗Laurie Halse Anderson 7mo
Slajaunie This happens more often than people want to admit. Love that someone wrote about it. 7mo
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Wow! I love this! I love that the end is left incredibly open, that the focus is Melinda, that she speaks! No, we don't know every detail of how it all plays out, but I don't feel like we need to. 5 ⭐ I will be putting a note on the inside cover of this book to remind me to give it to my daughter when she is older.

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Rissa1
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Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

I have just started this book, but the lyrics to my favorite Beatle's song seem most appropriate.
#BeatleMaynia #Blackbird @Eggs

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Rissa1
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The Little is warming up and I am starting a new read.

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cwarnier
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Coffee and a book.
I read the graphic novel before I realized it was a real book. So now to read the book.
So far I can totally relate to the main character. I never really likes high school.

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KristenDuck
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Sometimes when we‘re the quietest on the outside, we‘re screaming on the inside.

We just need someone to listen.

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So much packed into this short but powerful classic. It‘s the story of a girl who gets ostracized right when she needs support the most.
Stories like this make me reflect and wonder about the young women I failed to recognize needed a friend back in those difficult days of high school.

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kelseynicburke
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1. We Are Young by Fun ft. Janelle Monae
2. Leo 🦁
3. Laurie Halse Anderson🚶‍♀️related to her characters a lot in junior high and high school
4. @mcctrish

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OnePageAtATime
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This book was amazing and so realistic. I listened to the audiobook and it was made that much more powerful because the narrator sounded like a teenager. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It was hard to read at times but uplifting towards the end. The author truly captures the depression and the internal struggle of what goes through a rape victims mind and the struggle to talk about the things that happened. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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ProfReader
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This makes me think of the nicknames that we gave our teachers in high school.

Crazeedi 😂😂 8mo
ProfReader @crazeedi exactly... 8mo
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ProfReader
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When it comes to education, it seems like the powers that be won‘t spend money on the necessary things...smh

Slajaunie The federal government needs to step out of education. The states need to take complete control. Education is in a bad place right now. We need money which we don‘t get. Teachers and principals need to be allowed to do their job. Testing needs to fade into the background where it belongs. I could go on and on. I Am a TEACHER! The government needs to shut up and let us handle our business. Hot button issue for me. 😡😫😤 8mo
jb72 @Slajaunie There is way too much standardized testing in schools. They need to let teachers get back to teaching. The only thing the federal government needs to be doing is handing over money so students can get a well rounded education. 8mo
ProfReader I, too, am a teacher, and I totally agree. I am sick of this mess; we were promised a raised last year but didn‘t get it. Now, this topic is back on the table. Well let‘s just be real. My district has been in the news every other day; it seems like...talk about frustration. 8mo
CMB I taught for 37 years, loved my district, was the “evil” union president for 14 years, and my former superintendents are still my dear friends. Politicians have damn near destroyed public education, a cornerstone of this republic. They mandate tests and the testing companies contribute to their political coffers. Talk about corruption...aargh! And, I‘ve had the delightful opportunity to deal with our ALEC-influenced legislators. (edited) 8mo
Slajaunie Agree with all of you! @jb72 @ProfReader and especially with you! @CMB 8mo
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ProfReader
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Don‘t you hate when someone wears too much cologne, and it‘s not an agreeable scent?

MoonWitch94 It‘s AWFUL! Especially when they are long gone but you can still smell it. 🤢 8mo
jb72 OMG I used to work with a woman who wore too much. Then there is the grocery store....why you wearing that much to buy food? 8mo
ProfReader  ???????????? 8mo
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On Episode 39 of my podcast, Morgan AKA NYC Book Girl joins me to talk about Laurie Halse Anderson‘s groundbreaking 1999 novel Speak, which explores the troubling issues of sexual assault + trauma through the story of 14-year-old Melinda. We talk about high school gossip, the value of the diary-style novel, and Speak as an entry point to an understanding of rape for young readers + as a lifeline to survivors. click the link in my bio to listen. 🎧

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I wish I had found this book decades ago. This is beautifully written in the perfect voice of a teenager who‘s been through a trauma. A must read for anyone who‘s been a victim of an assault.

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The cover of the Speak 20th Anniversary Edition is stunning—stopped me in my tracks when I saw it yesterday and I had to take a picture.

Karisa Beautiful! 9mo
Cinfhen Agreed 9mo
squirrelbrain That‘s gorgeous! 9mo
TrishB Lovely 💜 9mo
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This was a hard book to read. It makes me think of all the voices that have been silenced through fear, unjustified shame, and pain—and those who ignore the silence. At the back of the book, there are tips for responding to sexual assault, and number one is “believe the person.” Indeed, more should. #timesup

TheBookHippie The new 20th anniversary is on its way to my house. I give out the graphic novel a lot and the book as well. Necessary read. #survivor #metoo 10mo
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Clare-Dragonfly Thank you for sharing that. 11mo
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BrenaJo
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A little light reading but as a teacher I found this paragraph funny and most likely true lol

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I think Melinda ( the main character) and me would be good friends. She‘s shy and quiet but at the same time artistic kinda like me.