Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The first ten lies they tell you in high school. "Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself. Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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The 2141st greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years (Parade Magazine)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Cuando los arboles hablen / Speak (Gran Angular: Alerta Roja/ Big Angular: Red Alert) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3240337 $1,872.21 2008
Speak (Platinum Edition) 1st (first) Edition by Anderson, Laurie Halse published by Speak (2006) Paperback 1610478 $4.08 $2.46 2005
Speak Paperback 11752238 $17.99 $4.50 2006
Speak (Chinese Edition) Paperback 5462007 $29.91 2010
Speak: The Graphic Novel Paperback 1152421 $14.29 $15.57 2019
Speak: The Graphic Novel Hardcover 150031 $19.99 2018
Speak Paperback 1209389 $2.25 $0.01
Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition 58305 2019
Speak Paperback 1188597 $5.52 $3.36 2011
Speak: Ab 10. Schuljahr. extband mit Annotationen Paperback 8312588 $11.05 $11.09 2010
Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback 8459 $5.75 $5.74 2019
Speak Paperback 1128897 $1.75 $0.01 2000
Speak Paperback 3301 $2.17 $0.93 2011
Speak Kindle Edition 23706 2011
Speak Hardcover 98511 $5.77 $0.01 1999
Speak Audio CD 485913 $14.97 $13.44 2006
Speak (Platinum Edition) Paperback 625321 $1.60 $0.01 2006
Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition Paperback 814066 $3.05 $0.01 2009