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Friday, June 3, 2011

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Goodreads Summary:
When Melinda Sordino's friends discover she called the police to quiet a party, they ostracize her, turning her into an outcast -- even among kids she barely knows. But even worse than the harsh conformity of high-school cliques is a secret that you have to hide.


A very moving story.  Melinda Sordino has been through a lot over the summer, and now has to face her first year of high school with no friends and this huge secret that she hasn't told anyone.  This is a story of Melinda trying to find a way to survive through high school.  She is trying to find a way to tell someone her secret, but doesn't know how.  Her friends want nothing to do with her and IT keeps finding her.  

Melinda grows through this book and finds that it is necessary to tell her secret.  She tells the secret to her former friend who is dating the boy who hurt her in the first place.  Her friend doesn't believe her.  She thinks Melinda is jealous of her success.  Melinda finally finds the strength at the end of the book to tell her story.  She finally opens up and reveals why she called the cops and what happened that horrible summer night.

Melinda is a strong character who was young and didn't know how to react.  I think this happens to more girls than we know in this country, and this needs to be a topic that is discussed more.  I'm proud of the decision that Melinda made to tell her story and I'm happy to see the guy get what he deserves.  A very heartfelt novel that discusses a real and serious issue in this country.

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