Anderson, L. (1999). Speak. New York, NY: Penguin Group.
Wow! This book is one that I have heard so much about but have never read. I was glad to have the opportunity to read it. I had heard so much about the censorship of the book that...I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. This was very well written and in an extremely tasteful manner. I like how the book focused on Melanie trying to cope on a daily basis instead of the whole book being about "the traumatic incident" and Melanie reliving it over and over. I like how the reader could hear Melanie's voice even though Melanie couldn't use her own voice yet. I also loved the tree from art class that threaded throughout the entire book following Melanie's progress. This is a great book for any student, but especially for those who have had a traumatic event causing them great depression. You are not alone! Melanie's experience was a rape during a high school party where she then called the police. Her classmates only know that she called the cops, broke up the party, and then treat her as an outcast
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