Laurie Halse Anderson made a great but controversial book about abused teens in high school. What makes Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson book controversial is that it contains too much sensitive description of how Melinda was abused. Many parents do agree that it is not a book for teens but rather for adults. The ban was even issued to some schools to not use Laurie Halse Anderson Speak as a literary book. However, despite of the bans and other controversies – the book Speak has continued to capture and strengthen the hearts of the readers who can relate of the story.
So whether this controversial book is banned in some schools, there is no reason for you not to read this great literary work. The Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson can be downloaded in pdf, epub, and or mobi and is available exclusive at www.allebookdownloads.com
Reader’s Review of The Speak
This book is definitely one of my favorites. It’s so different from anything I have ever read, the style, the tone, and the way it was written. It was a compelling read from the beginning to the end.
The story is not written as your average outcast “popular people are stupid” cliche. It’s an original. The tone is like Melinda is just relaying her thoughts and what she sees to the reader, rather than her feelings and rage and anger against the people that hurt her. Her character gets stronger as you read on, as she begins to stand up for herself.
I liked how the author didn’t just tell you what had happened to Melinda in order for her to stay so silent – instead, bits of the incident unfolds as you read along.
I was caught up in Melinda’s world, and even though I’m glad to say that I haven’t been there and done that, it was easy to just recognize the pain, fear and confusion she went through just because the author doesn’t say it right out.
Overall, an excellent read and I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to feel the triumph of “Speak”.
All Teens should read this book. Peer pressure does a lot of bad things, one of those things is convincing victims to feel like they have done something wrong.
Speak is a fast-paced read that involves the reader emotionally from the very start. Speak is an accurate portrayal of the very common existence of high school cruelty and peer pressure. Every reader should identify with most of what happens in this novel, no matter what their age.
You will get mad at the good characters as well as the bad. I found myself talking out loud to the characters, which is why I know the book involves you.
Speak passes my Young Adult novel test. The book allows you to read without wanting to put it down, and it flows straight to ending. Laurie Halse Anderson has written a book that will be around for a very long time.
– Jarrod Thompson
As a black male in my late 20’s, I didn’t think I would get as interested as I did in the novel. I’m a Librarian and I always see the book being checked-out or returned to the branch so I picked it up…WHOA!!!
From the beginning I was intrigued by the main character, Melinda. She has a voice that is forgotten in the literary world. It reminded me of “Catcher in the Rye”. The settings and characters take you back to a time when High School was all that mattered.
I recommend the novel strongly. It’s a quick/easy read and by the end of the novel, your cheering for Melinda.
PS. I gave the book for my wife to read and she got the “secret” right away…is this a woman’s intuition???
– Sule M. Holder
Snippet : Speak
It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
The school bus wheezes to my corner. The door opens and I step up. I am the first pickup of the day. The driver pulls away from the curb while I stand in the aisle. Where to sit? I’ve never been a backseat wasteease. If I sit in the middle, a stranger could sit next to me. If I sit in the front, it will make me look like a little kid, but I figure it’s the best chance I have to make eye contact with one of my friends, if any of them have decided to talk to me yet.
The bus picks up students in groups of four or five. As they walk down the aisle, people who were my middle-school lab
partners or gym buddies glare at me. I close my eyes. This is what I’ve been dreading. As we leave the last stop, I am the only person sitting alone.
The driver downshifts to drag us over the hills. The engine clanks, which makes the guys in the back holler something
obscene. Someone is wearing too much cologne. I try to open my window, but the little latches won’t move. A guy behind
me unwraps his breakfast and shoots the wrapper at the back of my head. It bounces into my lap—a Ho-Ho.
We pass janitors painting over the sign in front of the high school. The school board has decided that “Merryweather High—Home of the Trojans” didn’t send a strong abstinence message, so they have transformed us into the Blue Devils.
Better the Devil you know than the Trojan you don’t, I guess. School colors will stay purple and gray. The board didn’t want to spring for new uniforms.
Older students are allowed to roam until the bell, but ninthgraders are herded into the auditorium. We fall into clans: Jocks, Country Clubbers, Idiot Savants, Cheerleaders, Human Waste, Eurotrash, Future Fascists of America, Big Hair Chix, the Marthas, Suffering Artists, Thespians, Goths, Shredders. I am clanless. I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoons. I didn’t go to the mall, the lake, or the pool, or answer the phone. I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude. And I don’t have anyone to sit with.
I am Outcast.
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