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.