Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Gina’s review)
“Nothing good ever happens in the cafeteria. The cafeteria is a giant sound stage where they film daily segments of Teenage Humiliation Rituals. And it smells gross.” Melinda (pg 104)
The first day of high school is difficult under the best of circumstances: Melinda’s circumstances are far from best. Her friends aren’t talking to her. The other kid’s at school are talking about her. And Melinda…well, she’s just not talking.
They want me to speak” -Melinda (pg 113)
This is a well written book about a young girl’s struggle with the truth. Anderson reveals the story slowly and methodically. The reader travels the road to enlightenment and truth with Melinda with beautiful phrasing and eloquent writing. We get to know Melinda through her thoughts.
“Do they chose to be so dense? Were they born that way? I have no friends. I have nothing. I say nothing. I am nothing. I wonder how long it takes to ride a bus to Arizona.” – Melinda (pg 116)