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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“It's easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you like someone in middle school.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson
“THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL

1. We are here to help you.
2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.
3. The dress code will be enforced.
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.
5. Our football team will win the championship this year.
6. We expect more of you here.
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.
8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.
9. Your locker combination is private.
10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.

TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL

1. You will use algebra in your adult lives.
2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away.
3. Students must stay on campus during lunch.
4. The new text books will arrive any day now.
5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores.
6. We are enforcing the dress code.
7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon.
8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals.
9. There is nothing wrong with summer school.
10. We want to hear what you have to say.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“It's 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.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“I need a new friend. I need a friend, period. Not a true friend, nothing close or share clothes or sleepover giggle giggle yak yak. Just a pseudo-friend, disposable friend. Friend as accessory. Just so I don't feel or look so stupid.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“I want to be in fifth grade again. Now, that is a deep dark secret, almost as big as the other one. Fifth grade was easy -- old enough to play outside without Mom, too young to go off the block. The perfect leash length.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“I wonder how long it would take for anyone to notice if I just stopped talking.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“I have never heard a more eloquent silence.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“To keep up appearances, I stomp my room and slam the door.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
tags: humor

Laurie Halse Anderson
“My first class is biology. I can't find it and get my first demerit for wandering the hall. It is 8:50 in the morning. Only 699 days and 7 class periods until graduation.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“Mr. Freeman sighs. "No imagination. What are you thirteen? Fourteen? You've already let them beat your creativity out of you!”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
tags: art

Laurie Halse Anderson
“I am getting better at smiling when people expect it.”
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Laurie Halse Anderson
“I watch the Eruptions. Mount Dad, long dormant, now considered armed and dangerous. Mount Saint Mom, oozing lava, spitting flame. Warn the villagers to run into the sea.”
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