A true look into the horror of abuse
by Kiyo on July 13, 2008The thought of being trapped within your own mind, unable to ask let alone scream for help. We all have regrets in our life, but what happens when an event makes life your regret? For fourteen-year-old Melinda Sordino life has been turned upside down by a secret rape, a phone call to the police, and a school who views her as a pitiful snitch. You see, Melinda like any freshman wanted to fit in. Like anyone new to the highschool scene, she succumbed to pressure and went to a party with her best friend. No one knows what happened that night besides Melinda, and no one cares to find out. To them she's just the outcast the called the police on and end of the summer party. This book demonstrates the betrayal, anger, loneliness, and courage of a girl who ventured into highschool with nothing besides a chip on her shoulder and a school of peers that hated her. If anything, the author truly reaches out to everyone who has ever went through a hard time that they assumed no one could relate to. If Melinda can overcome the events in "Speak" then this gives hope and encouragement to anyone who reads it.
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