Speak {Read-A-Thon Book Review}

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Published Date: April 1, 2001
Publisher: Puffin
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 208
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

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. – Summary from Goodreads

Day 3 of the Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon and Book 2 is checked off. I’m not really sure what to write about this book. The subject matter is something no girl {or boy} should ever have to suffer through. It was heart-breaking, gut wrenching and all other adjectives that conjure feelings of anxiety, sadness, solitude, and pain. Anderson takes us on Melinda’s journey through her first year of high school, coming off of a summer break in which she breaks up a party by calling the cops. I mean, *groans* how could she, right?? What a b*tch! She ruined EVERYTHING for EVERYONE!! Stupid freshmeat. But no one knows why she really did what she did. No one cares to ask why a good student suddenly starts misbehaving and skipping class and becomes disconnected. Finally, as the book starts to wrap up…vindication!! Finally, people understand why. Finally, Melinda can be free of this burden and herself again. Finally. *breathes a sigh of relief*

I gave this book 3/5 stars mainly for the writing style. It was a little lackluster at times and I like more dialogue…but that’s just me. The subject matter was *phew* heavy as shiz. I couldn’t imagine being in Melinda’s shoes, feeling so completely and utterly lost and alone like that. Laurie Halse Anderson does a great job of planting us right in the middle of hormonal freshman cliques and ALL the drama that comes with it. We immediately feel this ache for Melinda as she sits alone in the cafeteria, planning an escape route that will avoid being pelted with food. *shakes head* Anderson gets an A+ for giving us the feels!

Anyway, if you’re looking for a quick read that will give you the feels, then this is your book!

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository.

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3 thoughts on “Speak {Read-A-Thon Book Review}

  1. Every time I see your post about the read-a-thon I get really jealous. I hope it is going well for you ! Also great thoughts on the book. I feel the same way, this was really deep and hard to handle with lots of feels.

    • Why, thank you kindly!!! 🙂 The main character spends a good bit of the novel trying to draw a tree for her art class, so I thought I would tie it in somehow! It was good and definitely worth a read!

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