By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewer: Lily Pollard
“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.
Speak is a novel about a girl that has something terrible happen to her at a party, and she is afraid to speak up about it. In one night, she loses her best friend and everyone begins to hate her. When she enters high school in the fall, no one likes her and she is an outcast. People make fun of her and are very mean to her.
Overall, I liked this book. It teaches you that you should speak up if something happens. You shouldn’t just hold it in yourself. If something happens that changes your outlook on things and could scar you for life, you should definitely tell someone about it, whether it is a parent/guardian or another trusted adult.
All in all, I like this book. It teaches you not to hold things in if you should tell about them, and that you aren’t the only person that it has happened to.