From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops — a major infraction in high-school society — so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either — there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent — she must speak the truth. In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse. .
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An eloquent, incisive meditation on an outcast teen.
Anderson perfectly captures the crisis of the outcast teen in her widely lauded debut novel. Melinda’s high school career goes down the drain before it even starts when she calls the cops at a summer house party. Since then, her friends have refused to talk to her and she has become the object of ridicule across the school. Despairing, she retreats into an interior world and refuses to speak, expressing herself only through her artwork. While classmates see her as a freaky goody-goody she is in reality a snarky, self-aware teen with plenty of opinions about her classmates, teachers and home life. But Melinda could redeem herself if she could explain what really happened that night — if only she could force herself to accept the truth. As Melinda struggles to come to terms with her victimhood, Speak proves an incisive yet ultimately hopeful meditation on the cruelty — and stupidity — of crowds.