Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson

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Reviewed: 2016-11-22
Of all the books that I've read when I was younger this book has stuck with me for most. This book very well might be to blame for one of my biggest fears, which is being attacked by a man. This book is incredibly powerful story of how a high school girl is an outcast to her peers because she called the police after she was raped at a party. No one knows that she was raped because nobody cares to listen to her what she learns very quickly and which iceless her even more. I reread the book to see if maybe I was just being dramatic when I read this in seventh grade ( my mom told me to wait until eighth grade but I didn't listen). After rereading the book I realize that it is a gripping story in and of itself but is also very powerful and has the potential to really teach the reader a thing or two about how cruel life can be. There is however, a bright side message to the story which is that you need to speak up for yourself even when it seems like the world is against you. However this girl learns that in the worst possible way at the worst possible time in her life when no one is there to support her. It is very intense, very graphic, and very moving. I would only recommend us to readers ages 13 and up. the story is very mature, and has a lot of topics and content that a younger reader may never have heard about and shouldn't learn through such a graphic novel. I would recommend this for secondary education small book groups so that readers have someone to discuss the materials with, both on a literary level and on the content level. There's a lot to take in between character development, character interaction, theme, and like I said: the content itself.
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