Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda begins high school as the outcast who called the police to a party that took place in the summer before the start of school. She has never been asked why she called the police and her best friends have abandoned her.
Melinda carries a very real secret with a lot of pain involved. She is holding back speaking to most people and her grades and social life come to a dismal fall.
Melinda has quite the personality, something that the reader is aware of, but not necessarily the people that she deals with.
This book is very well written, you really do feel Melinda's pain, you just don't know the reason behind it until the end of the book. So sad that people she considered her friends don't bother to try to find out the reasoning behind her call to 911.
Says so much about the torment that is adolescence, the hormonal changes and angst to becoming one's self.

1 comment:

Linda Kage said...

I saw this movie with Kristen Stewart (yeah, she's Bella from Twilight) and I just loved it. But in the movie, we knew from the beginning WHY she called the police. Good movie. Thanks for letting me know who wrote the book so I can go find it and read it now!