Friday, December 3, 2010

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson

I know I blogged about this book the other day, but here's my "official" review. If we're not already - let's be friends on GOODREADS (link on sidebard). I love that site!

Oh. My. Gosh. This book was amazing. I started reading it while on an airplane, and had trouble stopping when the plane landed. The "voice" was so strong, that as I walked through the airport terminal, I found myself thinking in the "voice" of the main character. I couldn't wait to get back to the book. I finished it the same day.

I had wanted to read this book for quite awhile, but recently when many people were talking about the push to have the book banned from schools, I had to move SPEAK up on my to-read list. The reason some people argued that the book should be banned was because it was pornographic.

... did those people read the actual book? I don't think so! There was nothing inappropriate in this book!

The book contains a rape scene - but I have read other books where I didn't know there was going to be a rape scene, and I was reading fast and before I knew it, I had digested an awful violent event. Blech. I don't enjoy that.

So, when I read SPEAK, I read it slowly, because I knew somewhere there was going to be the "scene" and I didn't want to be caught off guard. But, I tell you what... the scene was not written in great detail and was not written in any way that offended me.

I thought the whole book was written beautifully. There was no bad language, no bad scenes, and I want my fourteen year old daughter to read it.

It was amazing. I recommend it to everyone. And even though I read it slowly, it was still a quick read.


  1. I just picked this book up two nights ago then put it back and grabbed City of Bones instead. Guess I'll go back and pick it up after all. Thanks--it's fate now;) Have a good weekend.

  2. I'm glad to hear about it from someone who has read it.

  3. Nice to hear. I haven't read it yet, altho I don't tend to like "issue" novels like this; I read Wintergirls by LHA and it was riveting but rather depressing. She got into the character's head so much it was almost overwhelming to me.

    I do think a lot of people condemn books without even reading them, which is quite silly.

  4. This book was close to the mentalitly of teenage girl who was sexually assaulted. This novel discusses her relationships, how she copes with the event, and the common mistake of not telling anyone.