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Speak is the multi-award winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is a harrowing young adult story about rape, post-traumatic stress disorder, and isolation in teens. It was published in 1999 and was adapted to film in 2004.

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  • Timothy Wong
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "High school is a very awkward time in a lot of kids lives. This book can be a great coming of age piece for the young lady who feels she has no voice in this world. This book is a great example of how courage is often a tool we must learn to develop in our time in this world. The main character deals with a lot, but learns to find her voice in the the story."
    Matthew Willis
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book really helped me grow as a person"
  • Amanda Huang
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Thought this was a great book. Very well written and honest account from the victim's view of abuse. Very realistic and gives the reader some idea of the effect of abuse on the victim. I love that it gives hope to people who don't understand what happened to them and also gives the abuser , if they care , some idea the harm their behavior causes."
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  • Doris Harrison
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "While this is a great book that touches on a difficult subject for teens (rape), and is a National Book Award finalist, it is not on the list of Printz Award winners or honors. It is a well written book that explores high school in a very accurate way. But if you're looking for just Printz books, then this book is not on your list. "
  • Ronald Fernandez
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "If you're looking for an incredible, moving book that will make you cry, this is it. This book is outstanding and really good. I couldn't put it down. "
  • Michael Medina
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Speak is a meat and potatoes kind of book. It sticks with you long after you read it. I finished it in three days. I never read books that fast - I don't have endless time to read and I'm kind of a slow reader - but Anderson's writing style is such that you can breeze through the chapters in a couple of minutes."
    Alice Weber
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Really speaks to the heart of a violated or traumatized man or woman. Especially those who feel like they weren't protected as kids. Trauma comes in all ages, but this one reaches all levels. "
    Sara Contreras
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I like it because it reveals the ingenuity and the creation capacity of the people who are in charge of designing those magnificent covers that they attract with just seeing them for a moment"
  • Henry Keller
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is an extremely emotional story about the life of a young adult woman, and the tribulations she endures through sexual abuse, PTSD, and general aloneness. This is a highly relatable story for many young adult readers, and a wider audience as well. Diving deep into strong emotional subjects, this is a very popular and well reviewed modern novel."
  • Rebecca Dixon
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "this is a great book for almost any one to read. it is highly rated with almost 5 stars with thousands of books sold. "
    Daniel Richards
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "this is a great book for almost any one to read. it is highly rated with almost 5 stars with thousands of books sold. "
  • Douglas Nichols
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Speak is a good read for anyone dealing with PTSD. Sarah Dessen's books helped me a lot and this is in the same vein."
  • Matthew Brooks
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "PTSD is a serious topic. I feel like there are probably better books covering this list. But, this was still a fantastic read that did indeed have a mute character. You won't go wrong reading it, I just think there are better examples."
  • Michelle Newman
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is a great read for anyone, but young adults might get the most out of this. It shows how they need to speak up for themselves and not harbor all those inner thoughts that can leave them isolated."
  • Danielle Hawkins
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is an age-appropriate novel for teens with believable characters and situations. It focuses on a 9th grade girl who suddenly finds herself without friends after an incident that occurred at a high school party. As time goes on, she becomes more and more isolated from her peers and finds her only outlet to be through her art. As she begins to heal, with the help of her Art teacher and some new, trustworthy friends, she finds strength in her own voice and realizes the importance of speaking up. I'm not sure if the author intended for this book to be used in the classroom, but, either way, teachers everywhere are thankful for Laurie Halse Anderson! It is written to be read, absorbed, and discussed. The carefully chosen words are put together in ways that are easily relatable to teens everywhere. The hardships the characters face, as well as how they act and react to situations, mirror those you would see in a typical American high school. In addition to the audiobook, I also purchased a few copies of the paperback to add to our classroom library. The paperback includes an interview with the author, as well as discussion questions at the end of the boo"
  • Arthur Mason
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "You will not be able to put this book down! Heather is every teenager girl. An isolated girl, misunderstood by her friends. A must read for all daughters and mothers. "
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  • Anika Lobo
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Speak is an excellent depressing book. It tells the tale of a high school student who has gone through a lot and is now isolated and living with post traumatic stress. I read this book about a year ago and I still remember everything about it. It really makes you think about what young people today have to go through in their lives. I recommend this book, but be ready with some tissues."
  • Kenneth Harris
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is a fantastic solution to the topic that addresses the issues searched for. This is completely on point and the search really zeroed in on what I wanted."
  • Amy Chen
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "this is probably one of the best book i've read recently. I can't believe it, honestly. Randomly found it in my daughters room and boy am i glad. I wont spoil it but you NEED this in your life."
  • Larry Mendez
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This is a great book for young adults especially those going through a difficult time. I like the fact that this book is based on a true story and it has helped me cope with difficulties that come with being a young self conscious adult. "
  • Matthew Boyd
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Speak is a novel that has a great psychological theme that focuses on post traumatic stress in young adults."
  • Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is a pretty sad book. It shows some good examples of post traumatic stress. Good for teens."
  • Bruce Bradley
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "My daughter shared this book with me. She selected it at the library and felt that I could relate to Speak. Being that I was an outcast who suffered isolation during my teen years, this book was very relevant to my experience. It should be essential reading because it is the best book for all teens to read. I read the book first to see if the themes were too traumatic for my daughter to read. They were not. Speak allows you to speak with your teen about issues that are usually too difficult to broach. Spectacular book!"
    Joyce Wang
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This is a good choice for male and female readers, as well as their parents. It opens the teen/parent door to ask and answer many questions. The writer shares details about her life experience that will undoubtedly prevent repeat occurances for other teens. "
  • Xu Pan
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Speak is a gripping story about rape, PTSD, and isolation. It's a great choice for young adults, especially those in middle school."
  • George Schneider
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Speak is an amazing novel about a teenagers dealing with rape and PTSD. Definitely worth a read if you want to learn more about the topic."
  • Alice Evans
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Good read for students and teenagers. Compelling issues handled well."
  • Donna Johnston
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is for anybody who going through something or know somebody going through something. This book is really helpful when it comes to suicide."
  • Pamela Mason
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I iterate that Speak is a must read. I would like all to experience why Speak is the best stand-alone book. I think Speak to all teen and adult."
  • Keith Howard
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This is an important social topic and one to definitely be discussed in health classes. I have a niece who had gone through a very similar situation in high school. It is every bit as devastating and isolating as described by author Laurie Halse Anderson's book "Speak". Understanding this issue, having open discussion about it, and warning kids about the dangers is the only way to approach the problem. Sure, there will be some that say this shouldn't be discussed in school. Where else then? Most parents are too afraid to even bring up the subject of sex, let alone rape. This should be required reading for junior high kids, though Americans with their Puritanical roots would see that pushed to the 12th grade. Good luck stemming the sexual assault/abuse problem in America with that attitude!"
  • Shirley Wang
    Written on March 11, 2018
  • Victoria Arenas
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is a very realistic look at life in high school. It touches ont he everyday things sthat make life so hard for teens, and I think that a lot of young people will find it reassuring and identify with it. I would recommend it for my kids."
    Nancy Warren
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Speak provides a very realistic fiction story about a young woman who experienced post-traumatic stress that young adults will find interesting to read. "
  • Christina Rodriguez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I remember when I was a little girl reading this book for the first time. It was inviting, it was a sit on the edge of your seater. It was a great book, now that im older with a little girl, shell definitly be reading it when she is a little older."
  • Wayne Stevens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Decent coming of age story that deals with quite a few different topics for young adults that aren't easy. The girls is a bit of an isolationist and it shows her struggles when forced with adversity in high school. "

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