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Content Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition
Review by Janeth  
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Intended Audience:  YA

Age of Main Character:  14

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.


Sexul Content:

-Moderate (rape)








Other Notables:

* Melinda stole a pad of late passes from a teacher's desk.

* Says her parents are not religious but worship the trinity of visa, mastercard & american express

* Confrontations with her parents

* She watches scary movies playing on the inside of her eyeballs.


Was it any good?

This is not necessarily a book that one "enjoys" reading but I liked this girl. I hurt for her and wished that I could wrap my arms around her. The book is not a happy ever after kind of story. Melinda is just an ordinary girl who made some bad decisions and paid a terrible price for them. I think that this book would be beneficial for both teens and their parents to read. It could definitely be a starting point for conversations about decisions, consequences, communication and the cruelty of the land called high school. There is a question/answer with the author section as well as a discussion guide included in the book. I recommend it highly.



8 out of 10



· Reading level: Young Adult 

· Paperback: 240 pages 

· Publisher: Speak; 10 Anv edition (March 19, 2009) 

· Language: English 

· ISBN-10: 0142414735 

· ISBN-13: 978-0142414736