Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

My book list of August contains only one book, “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson. While searching through movie trailers for something to watch, I stumbled upon the movie adaptation of this book. Thanks to Youtube for letting me know such a story exists. I saw the movie and decided to read the book. It turned out to be a good decision, the book is much better than the movie and I have also become a fan of this author.

The book is a young-adult novel about a high-school freshman named Melinda Sardino who is an outcast and labeled a “squealer” for calling the police at a party. The reason for her calling the cops is later revealed that she was raped by a senior. She becomes practically a mute after the incident. She turns to art class for comfort and converts an abandoned closet into her hide-away. The story follows her life in school year as a narration by Melinda, as she struggles to come to terms with what happened and finally getting the courage to speak. The author makes use of art as a  view to the character’s mind, her drawings starting as dead and withered finally changing to those filled with life .

The novel is told with a sense of “sardonic humor and blunt honesty”. It is enjoyable and at times funny. I would recommend this book, especially to those who like reading novels of the ‘young-adult’ genre.


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