Speak

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5 - Excellent Review

Reviewer:

Speak is about as far away as a book can get from being a superficial teen novel. It's beautifully written, extremely funny in parts, and devastatingly emotional in others. One of the best words I can use to describe this story is chilling. I don't mean in a scary horror novel sort of way, but in the way that arises when a young girl experiences something terrible that no person should have to endure. The serious issues covered in this book are counter-balanced by Melinda's amusing running commentary on high school life. Her ironic and sarcastic observations seem to ring with a lot of truth. Even if you haven't been in high school yourself for years, it's likely that much of what Melinda says about teen life will make sense to you. The book follows Melinda through her freshman year, as she copes with issues like not having many friends, a strained relationship with her parents, teachers who don’t attempt to understand her, and a lack of motivation to do school work. All the while we are given glimpses into Melinda's past and the reasons for her depression. Anderson does an incredible job with getting into the head of a high school student and demonstrating her emotions and thought patterns accurately. It's fascinating to see Melinda grow, change, and... eventually... speak.