Speak

Author: 
Laurie Halse Anderson
Blurb: 
Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be because no one at school is speaking to her since she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...
Representation
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Female protagonist: 
Yes
Protagonist of Colour: 
No
Queer relationship: 
No
Publication
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Publishing date: 
1999
ISBN: 
0374371520
Publisher: 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Trigger warning: This book explores the aftermath of a rape.

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