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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
“Perceptive, gritty, and compelling, this is an absorbing book that dives headfirst into issues facing recovering addicts . . . beautifully written and richly detailed.”—Library Journal

Speak Now is written with extraordinary skill, and is compulsively readable . . . an excellent novel.”—The Southampton Press

Clara Sverdlow has been stalked by Niko Kamenski, her high-school
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Paperback, 310 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Akashic Books (first published 2003)
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Ericka Clay
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How do I put this? For a long time, I’ve hated to read.

I know, I know. How on God’s green earth is that even possible? Me? The child who absorbed books through her pores and tangoed with parking lot traffic, nose firmly pressed into The Westing Game (like the very smell of its pages would keep me alive) as my mother would arduously quip, “One of these days, you’re going to get run over!”

Well I never did get run over. But I did start to loathe reading.

When did this happen exactly? When I became a
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Tuck
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very fast and entertaining novel from the 5 characters pov's, 1 per chapter sort of a thing. the idea is that our heroine, Clara, is all messed up because her parents are all messed up from being holocaust survivors, and Clara's high school boyfriend is all messed up because his polish immigrant parents are all messed up. then Clara meets Mark in re-hab and falls in love and has a baby, but the old hs boyfriend, Niko, has never stopped stalking her, and now Niko is rich from importing crank from ...more
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Speak Now is a solid narrative about a woman who struggles with addiction, finds love with a fellow addict and is always seeking some kind of redemption.

A stalker from her past overshadows the book and eventually creates the penultimate moment. The latter part of the book is a bit predictable, which was disappointing as I didn't feel this way about Jones' writing for 3/4s of the book. A good read, not great.
Meri
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: women
At times, haunting and absorbing and full of life. It has some melodramatic moments, but I think that without the high drama, the book couldn't have successfully relayed a message. Maybe. Anyway, what's wrong with high drama? It is fiction. Worth reading, certainly.
Ruth
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling and passionate tale of how the past can affect the present- with horrifing results. Kaylie Jones has written another magnificent novel!
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Kaylie was born in Paris, France and attended French schools until she returned with her family to the U.S. in 1974. Her father was the novelist James Jones.

Kaylie began to study Russian as her third language at age 8, and continued to study the language and literature through her four undergraduate years at Wesleyan University and her two years at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where s
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