As I feel bloggers know the summary already I chose to post this from a site called Commonsense Media
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this National Book Award finalist is about a girl traumatized by a rape (and is then isolated from her peers). Wounded, silent Melinda ditches class, steals passes from teachers, and deliberately cuts herself. Accurate descriptions of the minutiae of high school will appeal to any teen who has felt like an outsider, and when Melinda is finally able to speak, readers will rejoice in her triumphs. This is a gritty, powerful book that teachers and parents could use to launch a number of discussions. Readers must meld short descriptive passages to form the narrative.
Why I read Speak
1) I don't understand how anyone has the power or audacity to Ban a book and this one gets a ton of coverage during Ban book week, I wanted to understand what the fuss was all about.
2) I keep track in my Librarything account who I take recommendations from, I added Speak to my Wishlist after reading the review of Samantha from Booked On a Feeling.
3) It is highly recommended by young adults and adults (Note, I am not a huge fan of YA)
4) It helps with a Challenge but really 1 & 2 are the reason.
My Review - 3 More Sugar Please
I would recommend this to moms of daughters between 12 - 18, I think it will be a brilliant book to read together and discuss.
I have a hard time believing Melinda's parents and teachers do not get her help and know obviously something happened for this behaviour to start. Doesn't everyone know the signs of trauma? I felt like many of them were having adult tantrums instead of strategizing how to help, it just didn't feel real life to me.
What was fabulous in the book was the genuine voice of Melinda. Laurie Anderson did an amazing job with her. She made me smile, sigh, roll my eyes, cheer her on and feel sorry for her. The toxic emotion she held inside her was brutal and killing her softly. I loved how the use of creating a tree in Art class was used, very insightful. It was a sad story but nicely written.
My favourite scene in the book, (not a spoiler), is in the bathroom stall, the start and follow up, great real life therapy.
Why was this book banned? I am totally dumbfounded, did I miss the bad words, the violence, what did I miss, sigh. The language was definitely relevant teenager language.
Overall it just didn't fully grab me, I read a couple of pages here and there, even considered not reading it. I can see how many can read this in one go, it was just to youngish for me. I will definitely share with my friends that have teenage daughters though. I agree it is an important book to share for them.