by Laurie Halse Anderson

Highschool parties, alcohol, police, drama everywhere. Everyone hates her for calling the cops. She hopes she can make it through the school year alone, just avoid everyone, and keep quiet. And at all costs stop thinking about what happened at the party last summer or figure out what actually happened.

Fix everything that broke and try to put the pieces of her life back together and be a happy normal kid again. Tell people what he did. Will she be able to save her ex-best friend from him? Regain her old friends and change her broken life for the better.

Book Conflict

Book conflict

In the book speak the girl is taken advantage of and has to fight through people's judgement. Along with her depression and conflicting thoughts. Therefore the conflict would be man vs. man.

Textual Evidence

"I want to confess everything, to hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else."

Melinda believes she has done something wrong. That it was all her fault. It takes all school year for her to understand that she is instead the victim of It's criminal act.

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Melinda- The main character who's viewpoint the story is told from. She is also a loner and very depressed

Heather- Is new at the school and befriends melinda without knowing what she's getting into. Eventually she leaves Melinda.

Rachel- she is Melinda's ex-best friend and almost enemy

Melinda's Parents- they are mostly to busy fighting to worry about her

Andy Evans (It)- he is kinda the antagonist of the story. He is the one that seriously hurt Melinda.

Ivy- one of Melinda's ex-friends she wasn't at the party that night. She also isn't mad at Melinda and tries to be her friend again.


I think the theme is that you shouldn't be afraid to speak up. Hence the title of the book. many things in the book would have been resolved quickly if Melinda would've spoke up. Even if it is hard. EVen if you think no one will believe you someone will.

Book Review

I would give this book a 4 out of 5. It is so entrancing I never wanted to put it down. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. It definitely is in my top 5 favorite books.