speakBook Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Pages: 198
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; (1st edition, 2nd printing, 1999)

The Ninth graders are herded into the auditorium. We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless. I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoons. I didn’t go to the mall, the lake, or the pool, or answer the phone. I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude. And I don’t have anyone to sit with.

From her first moment in Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she’s an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the copsa major infraction in high-school society—so her old friends won’t talk to her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it’s not so comfortable in her head, either—there’s something banging around in there that she doesn’t want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won’t go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can’t be silent—she must speak the truth.

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Speak really does speak to me in a way that makes me think.. if that makes any sense at all.? Well I guess it does to me since I am the to write it. But back to the book, it’s quite an old book published in 1999. However, it is a good book to read; it got a little boring for me trying to finish it or maybe that was just cause I was trying to read it when lots of people were over. I am going to read another one of her novels Twisted, maybe I’ll like that one better than this one. I’ll post about as soon as I finish reading it. I’m reading it next! I’ve almost finished reading all the library books I’ve gotten on Wednesday well half of them anyways. I have Twised and Wake by Lisa McMann left to read from my previous trip to the library.

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