The book Speak is written by Laurie Halse Anderson. The book is about a girl named Melinda Sordino (Also the narrator of the book) who was about to have the worst year of her life just because of an end-of-summer party. Melinda is about to start high school being depressed and quiet struggling with school, friends, and family trying to tell them what actually happened at the summer party. I give the book Speak three out of five stars just because some parts of the book were hard for me to follow and I didn’t really get the ending of the book.
- @purplepuff of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a book that was written so simply but had such an impactful message that everyone should be aware of. I found this book to be truly eye-opening. Melinda Sordino is a freshman at Merryweather High, and she enters it friendless, because she called the cops on an end-of-summer party. She’s seen as the weird girl in her school for busting it and everyone blames her for it, even though no one knows what really happened at that party. This book sends a message about rape, and how many girls suffer from sexual assault. It’s hard to speak out because we’re always kept in fear of what might happen if we do, and this was exactly Melinda’s case. She accepted that she was an outcast despite knowing that none of what happened was her fault. The title of this book is impactful from the start and hits people with the book’s message even before you start reading it. I found this book to be moving and rate it a 3/5. I recommend this book to anyone ages 12 and up.
- @ilovefood of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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