Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed by Bronte
This story is one that I actually liked the movie version better (the only other one is The Count of Monte Cristo, because I don't like the ending of the novel) because the writing in this one was very past tense, but maybe that was because I was reading it when I was in fourth grade and had just read Harry Potter which couldn't be more different. Rereading this book I liked the writing, it is choppy but it is supposed to be, it lends Melinda more character. The writing is powerful but still depicts a young girl's struggle to fit in in high school. There is also the mystery surrounding what actually happened to her at the end of school the previous year. The story is amazing and looking back the writing is awesome as well, I guess I don't like the movie better than the book now, and this is a good thing, I was feeling like a traitor, but the movie is also amazing, it's with Kristen Stewart and she is superb in it. Ever since watching it she has been one of my favorite actresses. The story of this high school outcast is a worthwhile read. I would suggest waiting until a little later to read this book so you can really appreciate the writing.