Book Review: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Star Rating: 5/5
Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Hodder
Pages: 240 
Genre: Young Adult

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From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she’s an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t know glare at her. No one knows why she called the police, and she can’t get out the words to explain. So she retreats into her head, determined not to think about it. But, try as she might, it just won’t go away.

After reading Wintergirls I was a bit skeptical about reading another book, because I have found sometimes it is a mistake to read the most loved book by an author as compared to all the others, it just doesn’t compare. However, I loved speak, I think I enjoyed Wintergirls more because I can relate to it a lot more than Speak. Although, this is such a fantastic book that it is still highly recommended.

I just want to quickly mention that this book deals with a very sensitive subject which may be triggering for some people. It is beneficial to do extra research about this book if you think that you may have some difficulty with the themes surrounding it.

Laurie Halse Anderson handles the subject really incredibly. Her writing is just so beautiful and her characters are so well rounded and they just seem like I am reading about a real person. Reading this book has proved to me just how brilliant of an author Laurie Halse Anderson is, she takes such raw, sensitive, real life subjects and she creates stories that just show the trauma and the backlash surrounding these events. It is hard for me to talk about this book without giving too much away, but I just want to say that this book is amazing and definitely worth a read.

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