April 1, 2018

Speak By: Laurie Halse Anderson Review

Non-Spoiler Review- 

I know, I know. I am so late to the party on this one. I can't believe I just now read Speak. I've been wanting to read it for ages, but I've put it off because I thought it would be a rough read for me. In some ways it was, but the tough subject matter (insert rape trigger warning here) was handled very well. I loved this one. The end made me cry. I think Speak is a must read for everyone, especially young girls. Thank you Laurie for writing this book and I can't wait to check out more of her books!

Mild Spoiler Review- 


To be honest Speak is a book that I can relate to all too well. It's so relatable that it's scary and it's been difficult to write this review. I know this character (Melinda) very well. I WAS this girl. I was her age when I was raped for the first time. I had a fear of speaking up, I skipped school, became antisocial, and also had to see my rapist in the halls at school everyday. I won't digress anymore into my own personal experiences, but the point I'm trying to make is this book was first published in 1999. This book was out when I could have really used it and I wish I had known about it back then. Speak is such a powerful and important read that brings to light a difficult topic that unfortunately many girls and women have experience with. The end of this book made me cry because Melinda was finally able to fight back and speak up. If you haven't read this book yet then I highly recommend you do so immediately. 


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