Each month the babes discuss a new book. August's book did not disappoint! Overall, the babes would definitely recommend this book. If you'd like to know what the audience thought or what the babes discussed, watch the video below!
About this book:
"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.
1. Please by ignore Vera Dietz
Reason: Both of these emotionally intense, realistic novels feature a resilient teen heroine who uses sarcasm to cope with betrayal by a best friend and ostracism at school, while keeping the reader in suspense about past traumas. -- Lesley James
2. Safe by Shaw, Susan, 1951-
Reason: The girls in these realistic novels struggle to make their lives whole after being raped by a known assailant. Tracy (Safe) has a supportive community while Melinda (Speak) does not, but both characters move through fear, pain, and loss. -- Beth Gerall
3. Faking normal by Stevens, Courtney C.
Reason: Both compelling, character-driven books portray teen girls trying to keep traumatic events a secret. In Speak, the mystery is: What happened to Melinda over the summer? In Faking Normal, the question is: Who did it? -- Autumn Winters
4. Stop pretending by Sones, Sonya
Reason: The main characters in both of these realistic, issue-oriented books are shunned by their friends following traumatic events -- rape in Speak and a sister's mental breakdown in Stop Pretending. Each girl finds healing through art in these character-driven stories. -- Beth Gerall
5. Aimee by Miller, Mary Beth, 1964-
Reason: While Aimee explores the aftermath of a friend's suicide and Speak follows a young rape victim, both issue-oriented books offer realistic views of survivors coping with the judgment of others when the truth is not known, or it's denied. -- Beth Gerall
6. Cut by McCormick, Patricia, 1956-
Reason: The girls in both of these emotionally intense books choose silence as they struggle to cope with devastating events in their lives. These compelling books will leave readers with much to think about. -- Beth Gerall
7. The Mockingbirds by Whitney, Daisy
Reason: In these intense stories, Melinda's (Speak) and Alex's (Mockingbirds) lives are shattered after a traumatic event. Each eventually copes Alex, by participating in an underground justice system at her school; Melinda, by finally reaching out to her art teacher. -- Kathy Stewart
8. Blue plate special by Kwasney, Michelle D., 1960-
Reason: Readers will be quickly drawn in to both moving stories in which teen girls battle through tough times. Blue Plate Special includes intersecting stories by three narrators while Speak tells one girl's story; each authentically told story is ultimately hopeful. -- Kathy Stewart
9. Inexcusable by Lynch, Chris, 1962-
Reason: Both of these disturbing, realistic stories deal with the aftermath of rape at a high school party. While Inexcusable is told from the rapist's viewpoint and Speak from the victim's, both novels are thought-provoking and intense. -- Beth Gerall
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