Vanshika asked Laurie Halse Anderson:

I read 'Speak' back when I was 12. It was, and still is, one of my most prized possessions. I also loved 'Wintergirls'. Was it hard to write these books? I mean, to get into the mindset and do justice to victims of serious issues like rape or anorexia.

Laurie Halse Anderson Every book has its own challenges. I think a book that deals with serious issues like these requires the author to have an open heart and be willing to listen without judgement to the experiences of people who have dealt with them.

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