By Darius Acree

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Speak: By Laurie Halse Anderson

One Hundred Word Summary

Speak, is about a teen girl named Melinda who is starting her first year of high school in Syracuse, New York. Melinda was very anti social in the beginning of the book, not trying to make new friends and hardly talked to the one she had.In here Melinda deals with bad grades, parents fighting, and a secret that Melinda hints at multiple times throughout the book that has something to do with a party in 8th grade that made her lose a lot of friends and confidence in herself, pg 135 “We were on the ground. When did…. (Continued)”.

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Character Analysis

The characters name is Melinda. Melinda is not very talkative and mostly tries to avoid contact with a lot of people at all times, she hardly even talks to her own parents. Melinda's favorite hobby is to stay home and lie in bed all day, Melinda is also very depressed throughout the entire book, she even at one point in the book she resorted to slitting her wrists pg 87 "I open a paper clip and scratch it across the inside of my left wrist. Pitiful. If a suicide attempt is a cry for help, then what is this? A whimper, a peep?". Although that Melinda was very depressed in the beginning and the middle of the book, she begins to brighten up toward the end, she begins to talk more and faces her problems head on.

My Favorite Quote

Page 191 "Rachel is in her glory. She ditched Andy in the middle of the prom." I like this quote because this is where Melinda is finally starting to get some closure and feel happy because her attacker got humiliated and dumped.

Conflict/Resolution and Theme

A conflict in this story can be character vs. self because Melinda has a lot of issues and problems with her self that she deals with throughout the story, pg 4 "I am an outcast... (continued)". Towards the end it could also be a character vs character because Melinda is trying to bring down Andy Evans because he raped her when she was in 8th grade, pg 195 " I reach in and wrap my hands around a triangle of glass. I hold it to Andy Evans' Neck. He Freezes." I Believe the theme of the book is problems don't fix themselves, you have to fix them yourself. I think this is the theme because during the the early portions of the book Melinda would refuse to face any problem and she would feel depressed most of the time and towards the middle and end she started to face her problems head on and a lot of her problems went away a quote that can prove this is the same quote from earlier on page 195 " I reach in and wrap my hands around a triangle of glass. I hold it to Andy Evans' Neck. He Freezes..... (continued)". Here on this page, Melinda fought off her rapist head on which eventually solved her problem.

Final Thoughts/Review

I would give this book a 4 out of 5 starts because the book is very interesting throughout with its very real problems that anyone can face in life. The book was also very straight to the point with subjects, it didn't really sugar coat anything that may have been a touchy subject. Although I liked the book, I think the writing style of the book was pretty childish and I would have enjoyed it more if the writer was a bit more mature with some of her word choices.
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