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Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book about high school. The “best years of your life.” Unfortunately, Melinda Sordino experienced high school differently. Beginning the year with no friends, because she called the cops during a summer party, because she got raped. Speak by Anderson was a good read, but it wasn’t a good book. There was multiple things you could have done to make this a better book. This book, Speak, is honestly a book I would have read when I was in middle school. Melinda Sordino is such a dark person, but I don't blame her for being like this. Since she got raped by It, Andy Evans, that changed her entire perspective. If I could change anything about this book, I would choose the personality of the main character, Melinda…show more content…
Throughout the book, Anderson kept mentioning Melinda Sordino’s art teacher, Mr. Freeman, but there was no meaning to the teacher or the art class. In the book, Anderson does this thing where she writes Melinda Sordino’s grade card in the book. Melinda Sordino wasn’t the best in school, but she managed to maintain an A in art. I would’ve figured that should relate to art. At the end of the book, Melinda Sordino is in the art room, and she was finishing her art project and time runs out and Mr. Freeman asks for her project, and gives her an A+. “The tears dissolve the last lock of ice in my throat. I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor. Words float up. Me: “Let me tell you about it.”” (Anderson 198). Melinda decided to finally talk, but it has no significane to the story, besides the title. There is no meaning in Mr. Freeman, or art class. Throughout the book, she was assigned a project to make a tree in art class. Throughout the book, she tries to figure out ways to make this tree amazing, but fails. Unfortunately, there was no meaning in the tree. I think Anderson should’ve given meaning to the tree. Tree’s grow, and I think the tree could have signified how much Melinda is growing as a person throughout the book, but Anderson failed to do that. In all honesty, there is so many ways that Anderson
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