The first ten lies they tell you in high school.
"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, School Library Best Books of the Year, Kentucky Blue Grass Award, American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, National Book Awards Finalist, Michael L. Printz Award - Honor, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, Golden Kite Award Winner, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, PA Carolyn W. Field Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Golden Kite Award for Fiction, California Young Reader Medal, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
FIRST MARKING PERIOD
WELCOME TO MERRYWEATHER HIGH
It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
The school bus wheezes to my corner. The door...