Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an incredibly powerful little book. As someone who spent six years counseling victims of sexual assault, I found this book to be very realistic and honest. I think that Laurie Halse Anderson did an incredible job at capturing Melinda's voice and portraying her in a realistic and compelling way. I feel that the authenticity of this novel takes it from a good novel to a great one. It really made me feel Melinda's every experience - from the rape, to the repurcussions to her journey ... it was so honest and unflinching. I thought that this was a raw look at teh physical, emotional and social experience that could follow such a trauma. I saw this sort of experience play itself out in many of the teenagers and women that I worked with during my time providing crisis counseling. I think this book is great for all teens and adults. Men or women. I think it tells a powerful story that everyone can relate to and find understanding in.
As an aside, the cover is AMAZING! I think it may be one of my all-time favorite covers. It's perfect for this novel!
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