- Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. United Sates: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999. Print. ISBN 0-14-131088-X
Written by : Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed by : Christine Nguyen
Recommended Audience : Young Readers
In Speak, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is a young girl who attended at Merryweather High School in Syracuse, New York. She has suffered through her first year of school in silence. She is friendless as an outcast and has a bad reputation because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the polices. Everything starts it in a summer night after she receives a invitation to Rachel’s party. Rachel is her best friend who she used to know. Rachel asks her to join the party and sleep over night. However, that night is a night mare for Melinda which makes she’s not want to be apart of life. She chooses to remain in silence and sinks into depression after party. Because she is emotionally damaged, Melinda tries to avoid teachers she dislikes and painful interactions with her no longer friends by stealing some late passes, so she uses a janitor’s closet as sanctuary. At the same time, her only solace at school is art class, where she is working on a year-long project to create various interpretations of a tree to express her feelings.
During the course of the year, Melinda meets a senior student named Andy Evans in the school hallway, her mind begins to flashback to what he did to her about that night. When he sees her, he tries to bring up the thing that she doesn’t want to remember. As Melinda’s depression deepens, she begins to skip school, withdraw from her parents, and other authority figures, who see her silence as means of getting attention. Apart from that, Melinda’s only friend is Heather, a new student, who tries to get Melinda involved in her schemes to gain popularity. However, Melinda tries to focus on the tree that she was chosen for her topic and makes it “say something” by the end of the year. In addition, Melinda’s introspection and dedication to her art allow her to grow and eventually see herself as a survivor rather than a victim.
Author’s Websites : http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10003.Laurie_Halse_Anderson
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