Laurie Halse Anderson

WHAT IS Speak about??

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place is to be alone, inside her own mind. Even that’s not the safest place for her to be. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night at the party that, if she let IT in, it would destroy her emotionally and physically to pieces.

What are READERS saying?!?!?!

Amazon buyers of the book give it a 4.5/5

Goodreads readers of this book give it a 4/5

Google eBook over 1,400 readers give Speak 5 stars

Barnes & Noble readers gave this book a 4.5/5

Reader Reviews

“In a stunning first novel, Anderson uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the head of an isolated teenager. . . . Yet Anderson infuses the narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and holds readers’ empathy. . . . But the book’s overall gritty realism and Melinda’s hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and inspired.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“An uncannily funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers from first word to last.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review

“A frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today’s headlines. . . . The plot is gripping and the characters are powerfully drawn . . . a novel that will be hard for readers to forget.”—Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review

“A story told with acute insight, acid wit, and affecting prose.”—Library Journal

“Melinda’s pain is palpable, and readers will totally empathize with her. This is a compelling book, with sharp, crisp writing that draws readers in, engulfing them in the story.”—School Library Journal

“Melinda’s voice is distinct, unusual, and very real as she recounts her past and present experiences in bitterly ironic, occasionally even amusing vignettes . . . . Melinda’s sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers.”—Booklist


1999 Blue Ribbon Book

2000 SCBWI Golden Kite Award for fiction

2000 Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the year

2000 ALA Best Book for Young Adults

2000 Printz Honor Book

2000 Fiction Quick pick for reluctant young adult readers

2001 New York Times Paperback Children's Best Seller

2005 New York TIMES Paperback Children's Best Seller