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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Posted in Fiction, Young Adult on May 11, 2008 by muerta

At the High School, in one of our English classes, the teacher showed the Showtime movie of this book, Speak. And while Showtime took a few liberties and changed the ending a little bit, both the movie and the book were worth experiencing.

The story is about a young girl who (during the summer) gets raped at a party, and while in shock from the experience, calls the police from the party– and it ends up that the party gets busted up and everyone gets into trouble. Now is the first day of High School and has to face everyone who was at the party. No one knows what happened to her, but she has been abandoned by all her friends and has no idea how to cope with what has happened to her. While surrounded by negativity everywhere and caught up in feelings of hopelessness and fear, she is assigned to an art class and finds that she enjoys it. However, throughout all this, she remains mute and is barely able to converse with anyone about anything. But as she expands her artistic ways, she also begins to come out of her shell and realize that she needs to speak out about what happened.

I like how the author is able to write this character in the first person when 90% of the time, she is not talking. I like how you don’t know what happened until the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. I like how the character develops and transitions; it appears more real than some adult books I have read on the subject. It is a fast read and a good one, particularly if High School was not your most favorite part of your life. The movie is just as enjoyable although the endings are different between t