Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

The summer before her freshman year, Melinda goes to her first real guy-girl party….and her life is forever changed by a terrible event.

I’m a slow reader, but I read Speak in two days. What a compelling story.  And I felt as if I were right there in this girl’s mind. My only complaint is that I’d like to have known at the end how Melinda’s parents react when they finally learn of the dreadful thing that had happened earlier to their daughter, because I think it’s important for teens who read this book to feel like grownups will be there for them, and to feel that speaking up is absolutely the right thing to do. It is so freeing when Melinda ultimately finds her voice and stands up to her attacker….but again it would have added a lot to the story if real teens could see that the adults in one’s life WILL help when something so terrible occurs.