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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

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    In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the message the author is trying to portray is that speaking and conveying your emotions is vital to expressing feelings.Talking to someone releases a sense of relief for now somebody else knows and that specific information is not as powerful to only the protagonist. Opening up to someone releases how the protagonist feels, which is vital because then that someone will help Melinda get past the event that occurred. If Melinda doesn’t speak up and convey

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    In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the main character, Melinda Sordino experiences a disturbing event over the summer of her eighth grade year. She was sexually assaulted by Andy Evans at a party. Melinda nearly loses her mind totally as she began shutting down on all fronts. However, she slowly recovered from her traumatizing experience, and eventually learned how to live with what happened. To begin with, toward end of Melinda's eighth grade year she goes to a party and becomes intoxicated

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    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a ninth grader that attends Merryweather Highschool in Syracuse, NewYork. The author has a unique way of writing Melinda's story. She uses subtitles instead of chapters, nd goes into detail of Melinda's everyday life, by using Melinda's perspective. The author sets a depressed mood in the story because of what the main character has gone through. The central idea of the text is communication which in the beginning Melinda lacks. August

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    Throughout Speak, names are given in certain instances to reflect on one's character. We see a whole bunch of names, good and bad given to people that affect Melinda in some way. In Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, names are powerful. For example, Mr. Freeman’s name represents who he is as a character. Melinda's english teacher has crazy hair, so crazy the students call her “hairwoman” (20). However towards the end of the story hair woman gets a sleek new hairdo and Melinda hopes it's a sign

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    prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”. For whom have you raised your voice? One of the most compelling books I read in my life was called “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a story about a young high school girl who was raped by the quarterback of her high school’s football team one night at a party. This immediate damage of this traumatic event was her ability to speak out about what happened to her that

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    In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda a young incoming freashman starts off high school depressed and avoided by her classmates and friends. Over the summer Melinda attends a party where she has no choice but to call the police, resulting in all her friends to dismiss and turn against her completely including her best friend Rachel. When Melinda begins high school detached from all of her classmates she tries to befriend Heather, a new student who is unaware of the party conflict.

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    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a story written in the first person about a young girl named Melinda Sordino. The title of the book, Speak, is ironically based on the fact that Melinda chooses not to speak. The book is written in the form of a monologue in the mind of Melinda, a teenage introvert. This story depicts the story of a very miserable freshman year of high school. Although there are several people in her high school, Melinda secludes herself from

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    Fever 1793, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a historical fiction book that depicts the tragedy of the yellow fever virus outbreak in Philadelphia. Mattie Cook, the main character, deals with a tremendous amount of death and change throughout the book. The theme of the book, that people will do the right thing even if they know that risk, is supported by the author throughout the use of repetition and similes. One theme that arises in Fever 1793 is people will do the right thing even if they

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    Have you ever spent nights where you slept with hot tears rolling down your cheeks? Days where you wake up with the same nightmare as yesterday? Imagine that all you desired was someone to be beside you, to have a friend. “Speak”, by Laurie Hase Anderson reveals the bitter life of a high school outcast, Melinda Sordino. This story uncovers how Melinda manages to confess an appalling truth to a group of friends that despised her ever since she called the cops at an 8th-grade summer party. Melinda

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