Speak

Speak

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A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect of Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781429997041
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

This book touches on difficult issues like PTSD and sexual assault, as well as common problems faced by teens, such as pressure from friends. The plot is driven by character development, and as Melinda opens up about her traumatic rape, she moves closer to adulthood.

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susan_findlay
Jun 03, 2017

This book is well written, interesting and deals well with teenage emotion. It is so very different from my high school experience that I found the beginning a bit unrealistic (I cannot imagine a teacher like Mr Neck keeping his job at my high school) but once I got past that part, it became a truly compelling story.

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Alirox02
Apr 26, 2017

Speak speaks to you.

It's one of those rare gems that manages to subtley get you invested in a serious story while posing as a generic teen fic.

Give it a read.

VaughanPLChristineO Jan 04, 2017

This book by Anderson is on our teen books club reading list and I am glad it is. The book is full of debate topics on subjects like friendship, relationships and of course, rape. Young men and women who read this book will feel empowered to speak.

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m_ms_uk
Aug 31, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it. What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it. I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief? Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

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m_ms_uk
Aug 31, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it. What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it. I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief? Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

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JanPruatt
Jul 19, 2016

This is a great book!

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SarahBee2002
May 10, 2016

really liked the book at the beginning and the middle but i did not like how the book ended. However it is very realistic and many people could relate to Melinda's situation

Moving, depressing and sadly realistic.

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 31, 2016

Melinda's story is timeless. The book follows her as she starts her first year of high school, where she is the school outcast because she called the police during a party over the summer. What most people don't know is *why* she called the police in the first place. Melinda has a secret. Something happened to her at the party, and she is afraid to tell anyone about it. Her journey to find her voice and tell the truth is heartbreaking and painful, but ultimately rewarding. Melinda as a character is infinitely relatable to anyone who has ever experienced trauma in their life.

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AL_MARYA Sep 27, 2017

You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.

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JanPruatt
Jul 19, 2016

"Remember what you said about Andy Evans being big trouble?" I say.

"Yeah".

"Why did you say that?"

Ivy rinses the soap from the shirt. "He has such a reputation. He's after only one thing and if you believe the rumors forget it no matter what."

Me: Let me tell you about it.

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Stephanie_Sibbald
Jul 04, 2014

He handed me a box of tissues.
"You've been through a lot, haven't you?"
The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up.
Me: "Let me tell you about it."

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding

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afennessey
Jul 02, 2013

No one cares about what you have to say

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tiarak
Sep 01, 2012

i see IT , IT looks at me ,IT smiles at me , i can get IT out of my head (sorry im sorry forgot how it goes )

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

We lived in a different house then, a smaller house. Mom worked at the jewelry counter and was home after school. Dad had a nicer boss and talked all the time about buying a boat. I believed in Santa Claus.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

"I try to draw a branch coming out of a tree trunk for the 315Th time. It looks so flat, a cheap, cruddy drawing. I have no idea how to make it come alive."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs.

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Jul 19, 2016

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Jun 24, 2016

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Sep 13, 2015

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Jun 09, 2014

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Sep 01, 2012

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GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

Violence: This book does feature sexual violence, though it presents a powerful message that survivors should be believed and supported.

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

Other: Underage drinking, scenes involving self-injury

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

Violence: A male student traps the female lead and beats her

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A descriptive rape scene

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SlotFather
Jun 09, 2014

Sexual Content: PG-13 situations

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Violet_Dolphin_317
Apr 11, 2012

Coarse Language: Some swears;slightly not a lot

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Twoey Gray
Jul 30, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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JanPruatt
Jul 19, 2016

Melinda Sordino, a freshman at Merryweather High, is an outcast because during a summer party she called the cops, breaking it up. Why? Well – that’s what this book is all about – the real why of the reason for the call. She keeps this locked tightly in her head, staying mute throughout much of the school year. In dealing with her pain she skips school, refuses to talk to her parents about it, and is on the verge of failing most of her classes – except art, her passion. In her art class, the teacher has students randomly choose their theme. Trees become Mel’s raison d’etre. She struggles with how to present the tree as an art form just as she deals with truth of what happened that fateful night of the party. And during the school year, she grows in spite of the nightmare and discovers strengths and gifts she didn’t know she had.
It takes a confrontation where the truth of the matter rears its ugly head. In a terrifying conclusion where Melinda almost falls prey to another attack of It, The Beast.
It’s not surprising that this book is on the Best 75 Books in the Last 75 Years List.

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MariaAcePro
Jun 21, 2016

Melinda has started freshman year with a secret: What happened at the party during the summer. It changed her so much, and she has to cope with it throughout the worst year of high school.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 25, 2012

The summer before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino meets Andy Evans at a party. Outside in the woods, Andy rapes her. Melinda calls 911, but does not know what to say. The police come and break up the party. Melinda does not tell anyone what happened to her, and no one asks. She starts high school as an outcast, shunned by her peers for calling the police. She remains silent and sinks into depression. Melinda is befriended by Heather, a new girl, who clings to Melinda only to ditch her for "the Marthas". As Melinda's depression deepens, she begins to skip school, withdrawing from her parents and other authority figures, who see her silence as means of getting "attention". Only in Mr. Freeman's art class can Melinda express her inner struggle, as he shows interest in her artwork. She slowly befriends her lab partner, David Petrakis, who encourages her to speak up for herself.
Throughout the school year, the past unfolds and Melinda gains the strength to confront what happened to her.[2] Melinda learns that "IT", Andy Evans, goes to her school. Eventually, she allows memories of what happened the night she was raped to surface. But she remains silent. However, when her ex-best friend, Rachel, starts to date Andy, Melinda feels obligated to warn her. At first, Rachel ignores the warning. Melinda tries again, telling Rachel that Andy raped her at the party, but Rachel does not believe her.

Lauren Jul 29, 2008

Following a traumatic incident at a party the summer before her freshman year of high school, Melinda Sordino calls the cops, who come and break up the party. This causes Melinda's friends to all reject her. With the help of her art teacher, Mr Freeman, Melinda begins to regain both her self-confidence and some of her old friends, but none of them understand what actually happened that night at the party. Will Melinda ever gain the courage to speak up?

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