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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Oct 06, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

This is a very powerful book. The author used accurate language and settings in this contemporary realistic fiction book. She portrayed believable characters in an uncomfortable story of one girl's life after she is raped.

The story is told by the main character, Melinda Sordino, a pretty, popular, smart girl who attends a party, drinks too much, and is raped. She calls the police but doesn't tell anyone why as she isn't really sure what really happened herself. The kids at school only know she is the girl who got everyone busted at the party. She quits talking and becomes an outcast at school but finds solace in her art class where she works quietly on her art project. Melinda also finds an empty janitor's closet where she can go when being at school is just too much. She sees her attacker everyday and sometimes he taunts her. Melinda's voice is finally heard when he attacks her again, after he sees her entering the closet. This time she talks and people listen.

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