By: Alex Morin
Summary of the Book
The book speak starts off with melinda being a freshman in highschool she is an outcast because she called the cops at a highschool party after something happens which isn’t revealed until later in the book. She does not want to speak up nor does she have the courage to speak about the thing that happened to her at the party because it was a very traumatic experience so she doesn’t tell anybody, especially not her parents. She then has to go through her year afraid of what she calls “IT” which is related to the incident at the party. She does meet some new people and learns some things which teach her that she should speak up which leads to the courageous thing she does at the end of the book which is of course, speaking up for herself.
This is a picture of heather whose last name is not told in the book. She is Melinda's friend in the beginning of the year because she does have any other friends and this friendship is doomed from the start because both of these girls are using each other. For example Melinda is using Heather because she has no other friends although she does not consider Heather as much of a friend or at least not a close one which you can tell from the fact that Melinda doesn't know Heather's last name and Heather is also using Melinda for somewhat of a similar reason because she is a new student so she needed a friend until she became popular.
This is a picture of David. David is a very smart person and is in two of the same classes as Melinda which are Biology, and History. Him and Melinda are friends and he is kind of a role model for her because of the way he stood up for himself when Mr.Neck denied him his right to speak. He is kind of a love interest for Melinda but she is very confused about her feelings towards him.
This is Rachel Bruin from the speak movie. Rachel was Melinda's friend who got them into the party but she did not like Melinda after she called the cops. When they got into highschool which was after the summer party she started hanging out with European kids like Greta/Ingrid then she started going by Rachelle and would be very mean to Melinda. She also used to date Andy Evans until she dumped him at prom because Melinda told her that Andy raped her.
This is another link to a website that has information on how to help someone who is a victim of sexual assault: https://rainn.org/get-help/help-a-loved-one
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999. Print.
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