Review: Speak

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a young adult novelist whose work I knew vaguely of during my own adolescence (and yes, I’m beyond delighted that I get to put that in the past tense now), but never actually read—although I might have read Fever, 1793 in middle school. Y’all know how my memory is; if I’m vague about whether or not I finished The Lord of the Rings during that time period, everybody else doesn’t stand a chance. But I missed out, apparently; upon entering my class on children’s and young adult literature, my fellow classmates were abuzz with how much they loved Speak. As the class got compressed towards the end of the semester, the class was divvied up into two to read either Speak or Bait; luckily, I got to be in the Speak group. I settled down to do my classwork and was utterly transported.

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