This has to be the worst psychological portrayal of selective mute I've ever read. As Christmas nears Heather gives Melinda some earrings, and Melinda gives Heather a friendship necklace. Melinda's story is written in a diary format, consisting of a nonlinear plot and jumpy narrative that mimics the trauma she experienced. What are you waiting for? Young Adult Library Services Association. Prompted by this statement, Melinda decides to tell Mr. In biology class, Melinda encounters David Petrakis, her brilliant lab partner.
Melinda watches as Rachel and Greta-Ingrid humiliate him in the hall. Melinda refuses to speak, and spends the night in her bedroom closet, scratching at her wrist with a paperclip until blood appears. And underneath that surface humor is the Act that can never be Un-Acted, the horror compounded by social isolation and misunderstanding. He assigns his students a yearlong project in which they must work with a single object for the entirety of the class. No one knows that she was raped. Your locker combination is private.
It is the story of a young girl who is so disconnected from everyone that she is unable to speak after being assaulted until her rapist targets her ex best friend. In the mirror across from her bed, she sees she's not looking so good. Likewise, Melinda is fascinated by , because it represents what is beyond the surface. In shock, Melinda calls , but does not know what to say and runs home. Mom is really busy at Effert's and she forgets to thaw the turkey.
My intuition that I will not regret reading this book did not fail me because this book tells of an inspiring and touching story of a young girl, Melinda who lost herself, her confidence and her ability to speak after she was raped by the most popular senior a year ago. I am very self-aware and I know that I would not have responded in any of the same ways that she did. This book, its growing power since its publication, and the number of lives it has influenced, is living proof of the power of one writer's voice to set her readers free and to feed their idealism so it will never burn out. Students were asked to read this book for a bullying unit though it is more about the injustice of rape it does not address the particular damage of rape. She's incredibly touched that they've noticed her drawing — but she can't get her voice to thank them. Not in a romantic way but in a platonic way, and it felt to me like he really cared for her, even in the book.
Your schedule was created with your needs in mind. The school assembly is worse. Melinda does not trust anyone, nor can she trust herself. Melinda gets stronger, and even rejects Heather when her two-faced friend comes to ask for help making prom decorations. Dazed and drunk, she called the police but left before they arrived.
In the end, Melinda showed growth. It's painful but since I watched the movie which was done well by the way first before reading the book I knew where she was coming from. Rachel begins spending time with the foreign exchange students and changes her looks, her attitude, and her name to Rachelle. Afterwards, she finds herself inside the house, calling the police. I'm happy I did because this was one of the best books that I have read lately. For both women, the seclusion of the forest represents a space beyond social demands. But guess what word is closer to what living that terrible experience is? Laurie Halse Anderson writes through the voice of Melinda, and Melinda's opinions.
She fights him and makes enough commotion for her friends to come back to find out what was going on and Andy gets exposed for who he really is. Problem is that after something like that there's no way to move on. I can imagine someone criticizing this story for being too emo, or saying that Melinda was too much of a downer. This section ends with Melinda's report card. Melinda is resentful that although his job is not as demanding as her mother's, her father is not helpful around the house.
Trigger warning: rape Laurie Halse Anderson is a fabulous writer. The snail pace monologues are full of anguish, you half expect it to boil down to some psycho sadistic plot twist but your common sense tells you this is a book marketed towards teenagers. . Neck and the school for civil rights violations. Sometime after, Heather talks Melinda into going to a pep rally. Speak, to me, is taken more as a lesson than just a book. The power of art to redeem is important in this story, as is the power of telling one's story.
Her whole take on high school was hilarious and kind of scarily accurate. Freeman , I still enjoyed everything in this and managed to mark it as one of my favorite books that I will probably buy the 20th-anniversary edition which comes out January 15 of this year, 2019. Melinda's been having trouble talking lately. The ending really made the book for me. Or maybe there is and I just haven't found it yet.