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My First Short Story! – The Pink Sweater

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

My Rating: 5 stars

Warning: Rated PG-13

Speak is amazing. As soon as I started reading it I was captivated. This book is about Melinda Sordino, who called 911 at a high school end of the summer bonfire party only a few weeks before she started her freshman year. No one knows specifically why Melinda called the police, but all her old friends hate her because of it. For Melinda, the only way to express herself is through art. As the school year progresses, Melinda has decided to stay quiet, not even speaking to her family. Melinda’s grades descend and she starts to skip school. In the end, Melinda reveals what happened the night of the party, and what caused her to go silent. But then she realizes she should have spoken up in the first place.


Comment from Jess
Time January 23, 2010 at 12:08 AM

I absolutely love this book! Its so well written and I love how the author creates these fantastic story lines about troubled teens. You should read Catalyst which is kinda sorta a sequel to this book but its about a different girl. However, Melinda is mentioned in this book because the her and the main character go to the same school but are in different grades.

Comment from Krystyn!!!
Time December 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I read this and it was so sad!! i seriously love Laurie’s books though!! she is one of my favorite authors!!!

Comment from bri
Time December 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I love Laurie’s books, too! They’re so realistic.