Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Using Melinda’s diary-style narrative, Speak describes her nearly silent attempt to overcome challenges she faces freshman year of high school. Shunned by her friends and ignored by her parents, Melinda feels isolated, abandoned, and must face life alone. Melinda knows that the only way to free herself is to speak, and must decide whether she can overcome her fears, or forever remain silent.

An excellent book! Using her dairy, Melinda writes what everyone thinks about high school, but no one actually says: it sucks. For Melinda, it’s especially difficult because her friends have drifted off into different cliques, and she’s found herself alone and abandoned in a new school. She’s branded a social outcast, ignored, bullied, but can’t find the strength to speak up for herself. You’ll want to read this one without stopping, and I highly recommend it! 

Rating: 4.5/5

*This one is a movie! With Kristen Stewart! Here’s the link

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