Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

RahwaSpeak.jpgSpeak is a book about a young girl by the name of Melinda, who calls the cops during an end-of-summer party becuse she got raped by a boy named Andy Evans. When her friends find out that Melinda ruined the party, they no longer speak to her. When the school year came along, Melinda had no one to talk to or eat lunch with. She couldn't even talk to her parents--no one, even the people who didn't know her hated her. As the year goes on, things get worse except when she meets a girl named Ivy and she gets closer to Mr. Freeman, the art teacher who helps her. Finally she speaks about Andy.

I would recommend this book to everyone, but mostly for teen girls who have been through such a horrific thing like rape. I think it would really help if it's hard for them to say anything. That way, they can know that they aren't the only ones going through it.

Where can you find this book? Well, for starters, in Mr. E's Read 180 class library, in the Audiobooks section, the Ingraham High School libraryor the Seattle Public Library

Laurie Halse Anderson was born on October 23, 1961. She is a U.S. author who writes for children and young adults. She is best known for her young adult novel Speak which won a number of awards, including a National Book Award nomination and Printz Honor Book. The book was adapted for the small screen. For more information about Linda Halse Anderson, visit her website.

by Rahwa