Speak follows Melissa Sordino’s first year in high school. She is relentlessly bullied, teased, and ostracized for calling the police to break up a party she attended over the summer, and falls into a crippling depression. However, none of her bullies know the real reason Melissa called the police. At the party, Melissa was raped by senior Andy Evans. Due to the trauma of both the night of the party and the bullying that followed, Melissa becomes almost entirely mute, only expressing herself during art class. Andy continues to stalk and harass Melissa throughout the story. At the end of the year, Melissa has come to terms with the fact that she has been raped, and tells an old friend. The story ends with Melissa finally standing up to her attacker.

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