Anderson, L. H. (1999). Speak. NY: Penguin


Melinda is a self-muted freshmen student who is shunned by her peers for calling the police to crash a party that she as raped at. It takes the entire book for Melinda to come to terms with what happened to her and as the reader, I struggled with it as much as she did. I did not want to believe it either, but through Melinda trying to help her former best friend get away from the boy who raped Melinda, when she helps herself, she also helped me. I don’t know if I would give this book to students in a similar situation, but I do think that it is an extremely important book for teens to read so that they can understand that people have their own reasons for doing what they do whether we understand them or not. I would follow this up with Catalyst, also by Laurie Anderson.


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