1 Aug 2012

Book Review #5

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Date Published: 22nd October 1999
Publisher: Puffin
Age Rating: 12+
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Main Characters
·        Melinda
·        Andy
·        Rachel
·        Ivy
·        Heather
·        Nicole

   Melinda had been invited to the party by her best friend Rachel. Halfway through it, she called the police. This left her as a loner, the outsider who had ruined their party. In this stunning story, one girl is trying to break free of a silence that has gripped her and won’t let her go.

   I absolutely adored this book. When I picked up this book from a genre that I usually avoid, I wasn’t expecting something this amazing and emotional.
   I loved the way that the speech in the story was usually indirect, yet when it wasn’t, it was as if the story was a play. I think that this was a very unique way to narrate a story, and I really enjoyed it.
   I also liked the way that the author created a realistic image of all the characters in my mind. It helped me really bond with Melinda and sympathise with her. I ended up feeling as if I was there, witnessing the story happening infront of me.
   Another thing I liked about Speak, was the speed that the story developed at. It wasn't so fast that you ended getting confused, however it wasn't slow and boring, which makes you want to either skip bits, or stop reading completely.
   Overall, I think that Speak was an amazing book, which drew you into the story and bought the characters to life. I really enjoyed reading it, and I can't wait to read more novels by this author.

Rating (out of 5)


  1. I loved this book! After reading it once I reread it this year and it still was emotional and touching. The writing of Melinda so different and chilling you just had to know what happened to her and why she was where she is now.

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