Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonThe first ten lies they tell you in high school.
Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.
From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.
In Laurie Halse Andersons powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young Peoples Literature.
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You should say:. It is a thick, factual book about many different subjects. It is really a collection of information and anecdotes related to our private lives, past and present. The book is mainly about things that have been included in our homes over the centuries. The author started out by wondering about the history of everything in his own home. As it is a factual book rather than a novel , it does not have a plot as such. Each chapter in the book covers the history of a particular room.
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Describe a famous book you would like to read. You should say: what it is who is the author of this book how you know about this book and explain why you want to read this book. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say.
Posted by David S. In this part of the exam, as you probably know, you are expected to speak for about two minutes on a given topic. So the first thing you should do is make a few notes on the topic. Remember — you just have one minute! Instead, write the ideas you want to discuss or the vocabulary you may need. In this case, of course we first have to think about the book itself.