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Speak

Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson I realize how important this book is and how controversial the social issue attached can be that it's very hard to discuss. The author decided to take that road, however, and came up with this book which is pretty good but I wouldn't go as far as saying the book is profound. I mostly loved Melinda's dark and sarcastic sense of humor probably because it's easy to relate to. I may not agree with how she handled the situation, but I think it worked for the whole story to turn out the way it did.Campaign-wise, I like it because it talks of little noticed issues like how teenagers can be mean to each other by categorizing themselves and the pressure of trying to blend in to a specific group. I suppose it's something that's hard to shake off but it should be discussed and pointed out all the same. Of course the rape part is not something that should be taken lightly. I think the author was able to give out her message very clearly when it comes to this. Never be shy about what happened, talk to people about it, make sure you get the justice you deserve etc.There seems to be something lacking, though. I liked that it's an easy read. Not overly complicated and the unique way the chapters are presented makes you read in an ever faster pace but it may also be the reason why I find it hard to take it seriously. I can't put my finger on it, really. Overall, I liked Speak and would recommend it for teenagers so they can be more vigilant about these issues but it's not really something I'd return to and read over and over again.