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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  8 reviews
No friends. No confidence. All mind.

Victoria Harding—the scared-silent girl of Grahamwood Junior High—survives the seventh grade from the confines of her mind. After her best friend moved away due to a secret Victoria can’t reveal, she’d rather sit alone at lunch and live in her imagination than befriend the classmates who joke that she’s plotting violence against the
Paperback, 281 pages
Published November 24th 2018 by Allyson Kennedy
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Jul 20, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Genre: Contemporary Middle Grade
Grade Level: The characters are in the 7th grade, but it could also be read by mature younger readers.

If you are the kid who gets picked on for being shy, or struggle with social anxiety as an adult, this book is for you.

If you enjoy middle grade books with humor, alien and fairytale references, and light dashes of romance, this book is for you.

If you enjoy quirky, awkward characters with big hearts who stumble into friendships, this book is for you.

If you've
Jes Drew
Speak Your Mind by Allyson Kennedy was a charming middle grade novel that is a breath of fresh air compared to most depictions of kids going through public school in literature these days. I really related to 'Shrug' as she struggled with her shyness and lack of friends. But she also bears a great secret and is dealing with harassment from a teacher and bullying- and yet the story is never depressing. It was quite wonderful to see the ways so many of the characters changed through the course of ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Junior High can be a confusing and aggravating time for many girls and boys alike, but just how much can change when God is in the absolute center of your life?

I absolutely ADORED this book! I did have the wonderful privilege of editing Speak Your Mind, however that did nothing to sway my opinion of it; it's just a stinking good story!

Victoria, Aiden, and their friends are so cute! They battle with real life, middle school problems but their bigger than life personalities, and their faith in
Angie Thompson
This is a bit of a hard review to write. The writing was excellent, the characters were great, the message was really good, but I was really uncomfortable with one specific aspect of the content, especially for a middle-grade audience. More on that in a second.

Starting with what I liked--I really loved the characters, particularly Aiden and his friendship with Victoria. (Though Zeebot did grow on me after a while. :D) I had absolutely no problem picturing them as seventh-graders, and I
Penny Wood
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh ma word! Five stars! :D
I had the privilege of reading this for my friend and fellow author Allyson. And I absolutely loved it! Where do I even begin?
First of, I really need to talk about the style. Lots of Indie authors have a less developed, more immature style of writing and editing. But Allyson Kennedy is absolutely stunning! Her editing is perfect, and her style is like a traditional professional author. Other indie authors should look to Allyson Kennedy for pointers on how to write and
M. Boyle
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let me start this book review by saying I was very impressed with this Middle Grade/YA novel! The author took on some weighty topics with poise and compassion and left me with a meaningful takeaway. This was not a book to read once and forget. I think this book would be a great pick for youth groups wanting to have a book club, because there was so much depth packed into Allyson Kennedy’s Speak Your Mind.
Now onto the details: The protagonist, Victoria, is a thirteen-year-old struggling to
Hufflepuff Book Reviewer
I am blown away by how much Alyson Kennedy has grown as an author! While I really enjoyed her debut novel, Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl, I felt like some of Kennedy’s newness as a writer showed. It was quite an enjoyable read, to be sure—but I could often tell that it was written by a young indie-author early in her career. Speak Your Mind, on the other hand, really felt to me like a professionally published novel. It struck me as something I could easily imagine as a best-seller on ...more
Kasey Giard
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m kind of a sucker for the sweet, quiet girls who like rules– probably because I can really identify with that kind of person. Sometimes rules just make us feel safe.

Victoria is a layered character with a lot to offer. She’s got hurts and passions and so much inside her all bottled up. I liked that the events in the story gave her opportunities to push past her comfort zone and speak up, and that doing so created some really positive changes in her life.

But it sure wasn’t easy. And we sure
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Allyson Kennedy is a North Carolina-based author of YA and middle grade fiction with southern flair. Working her way up from writing stories in a Mary Kate and Ashley notebook at seven-years-old, Allyson has published two novels and is working on many more. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, watching tons of movies, and hanging out at bowling alleys.

“But the more we all stuck together, the more outside layers fell off, revealing that we all have insecurities, fears, and dreams. And that's perfectly normal. That's how God made us.” 3 likes
“My face is like some sort of bashful chameleon, flashing red at any sign of social interaction. Stupid face.” 1 likes
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