By: Laurie Halse Anderson

by Bryan Young
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"It is easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say" (ANDERSON, 9).
  • “The book's overall gritty realism and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.’” —Publishers Weekly
  • “Melinda's sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers.” — Booklist
  • “An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last.” — The Horn Book

How hard is it to cope with PTSD when nobody would listen?

Melinda Sordino, a young lady just starting freshman year at Merryweather High School has no friends after a very eventful summer, she will never forget. Through the year, Melinda fights the thoughts of one senior, Andy Evens, who did something to make her call 911, ending the big end of the year party, and getting a few young adults arrested. She lost all friendships shes ever had, everyone hates her, and nobody cares about her feeling or what really happened.
This book will change your perspective on what it's like to going trough a time in your life with a guilt sitting above you head but the truth fighting it. It makes you feel more connected with your peers who don't say much or seem hurt. "Speak" is a novel that will change your perspective on mo st anything that involves high school drama, or any drama, really, making it worth the read.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie's book, "Speak" has won prestigious awards such as the "ALA Best Book For Young Adults" has been featured in the New York Times best sellers list. A finalist in the running for the "Edgar Alan Poe Award" and the "National Book Award" and others. She has written other books after "Speak" which was her debut. Laurie also runs a blog on her website that lists tour locations, dates and upcoming books.

Learn more about Laurie and her successful writing at http://madwomanintheforest.com/

PTSD is not just a feeling, do what you can to help.

Help anyone you know or help yourself understand. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is serious. Here are some facts based upon occurrence of PTSD in men and women.

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • About 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.
  • Women are more likely than men to develop PTSD. About 10% of women develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with 5% of men.

Get informed at: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/web-resources/trauma-web-resources.asp

Speak Trailer (2004) [HD] - Kristen Stewart